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More than $1M in cash, scholarships, trips are awarded.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Awards
Senior Division, Grades 9 - 12 - Each student researcher entering an exhibit may apply for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Senior division student researchers will be chosen from the applicants and will win an all expenses paid trip to compete at ISEF.

Junior and Intermediate Division (Grades 6 - 8)
Category Award Winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) are nominated to advance to Broadcom MASTERS competition, a program of Society for Science and the Public.

Category Awards
Awards are distributed based on the number of entries in each category. Multiple second, third and fourth place awards may be awarded. Only one first place will be awarded in each category.

Senior Division (Grades 9 - 12)
$300  First Place
$150  Second Place
$75    Third Place
$25    Fourth Place

Intermediate Division (Grades 7 - 8)
$150  First Place
$75    Second Place
$35    Third Place
$20    Fourth Place

Junior Division (Grades 6)
$75   First Place
$50   Second Place
$30   Third Place
$15   Fourth Place

Note: Teams will split the monetary awards equally among team members.

Sponsor Awards
$50 each from the sponsoring organization; sponsors use their own criteria to select projects. Some look for projects from their special field of interest.
Affiliate Sponsor Awards
These are awarded at Covestro PRSEF because of its affiliation with ISEF. These sponsors may include Intel, Ricoh and many other organizations.
Awards, which include full/half/partial tuition scholarships, pre-college program scholarships, are determined and selected by the awarding colleges and universities.
Awards, which include certificates and school giveaways, are determined and selected by local college students.

Perseverance Awards

Honorary Scientist
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with five or more years of active participation.
Associate Scientist
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with three or four years and tenth grade students with four or five years of active participation.
Junior Scientist
Eighth and ninth grade students with three or four years and tenth grade students with three years of active participation.

Merit Awards
Category Judges select the students that exhibit excellence in Creativity, Presentation, or Scientific Method. Students will receive a certificate of excellence that signifies his or her outstanding performance in one of these areas.

Conditions of Awards All cash awards will be paid in the year they are awarded, if the student has provided the necessary documentation to process payment. Awards not distributed within one year of the award date will be subject to forfeiture including Perseverance Awards. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that Carnegie Institute file IRS Form 1099 for Miscellaneous Income for recipients of award monies which total $600 or more during a calendar year. Award recipients will receive their copy of Form 1099 from Carnegie Institute in January of the year following the year award payments are made.

The Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair is presented by FedEx Ground and leading corporations, foundations, professional societies and universities in this region.

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