Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® 2013
The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF) , is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for more than $3 million in awards. It was held this year in Phoenix, AZ.
Since 2009, EPA has exhibited and shared information about environmental protection with the ISEF participants and visitors. EPA encourages the young innovators to apply science to environmental challenges and recognizes one student whose work demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship with the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award.
In 2011, the Sustainability Award was renamed in honor of Patrick Hurd, who managed the effort behind the first EPA Sustainability Award. Read his Science Wednesday blog post Science is Cool and Verle Hansen's blog post Among the Stars to get an idea of what ISEF is like.
EPA's award provides funding for the winning student and a chaperone to participate in and display the student's project at EPA's P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability in 2012. P3 is an annual event that brings together young environmental innovators and scientists to showcase their designs for a sustainable future.
EPA's 2013 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award winners were: Jacquel Caron Rivers and Arne Joi Saguni Nipales, both seniors at Baboquivari High School in Sells, Arizona, for their project "Total Solar Strategy for the Tohono O'Odham Nation".