The 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair was held successfully at Atlanta, Georgia, between May 8 and 13, 2022. Regeneron ISEF was held as a hybrid event with a judged competition and distribution of Grand and Special awards for in-person and virtual finalists. A dynamic duo from Pakistan Syeda Umme Kulsoom Bokhari and Talia Kulsoom from PakTurk Maarif International Schools and Colleges, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi received First Position Cash Award in Physical Science at the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers. At Regeneron ISEF, the Society is pleased to support rising researchers and foster interdisciplinary collaborations by offering awards for the best demonstration of team science.
The Society for Science is currently planning that the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) 2023 will take place in Dallas, Texas, USA from May 13-19, 2023. It will include a judged competition and distribution of awards for in-person finalists only, while online display’s will be mandatory and inspected by the D & S Committee exactly like the Regeneron ISEF 2022. Due to the international nature of Regeneron ISEF and current regional, federal and international guidance concerning international travel, the Society will keep the affiliated fair updated regarding hosting and travel safety to be in Dallas, Texas. They will continue to innovate on ways to make it a positive and valuable experience for everyone involved.
For the year 2021-22 the in-person award ceremony of the National Science and Engineering Fair Pakistan was held in February 2022 after several rounds of virtual and in-person evaluations. Both Grand Awards, and the Special Awards were announced and distributed among the Regeneron ISEF 2022 Finalists, Best of Category and Special Award winners.
In Pakistan, the Science Fair program activities involve over 10,000 students annually. Competitions are initially held at the provincial levels, from where students are shortlisted to participate in the Regeneron ISEF affiliated National Science and Engineering Fair Pakistan. Every year 3 to 7 projects (5 to 10 students) are selected to participate at the international fair. The initiative was launched in Pakistan in 2004 by Intel Education Initiative, with the aim of promoting students’ interest in science and research, to infuse the spirit of discovery in school children, increase their interest in science and technology, and build a robust scientific temper among the youth of the country. Each year, research-based science projects by young students, are reviewed by an eminent jury comprising of scientists and domain experts. Then, the short-listed entries are showcased at the annual National Science and Engineering Fair. In the past few years projects designed by Pakistani students have won many positions at international competitions. Since 2006, there have been 17 positions won by Pakistani students at ISEF only.
An Nafi Educational Technologies (ANETech) is the only registered agency with the Society for Science (USA), for the program implementation in Pakistan. The local implementation agency (ANETech) is the driving force for Regeneron ISEF program in Pakistan to hold Science Fairs all across the country arranged at the provincial and national levels.