Students Lead Global Science Fair


A decorated Samantha Marquez at ISEF
Samantha Marquez (Chesterfield '14) won both 1st place and “Best in Category” awards in Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering, and Saumil Bandyopadhyay (Henrico '13) won 4th place in Physics and Astronomy at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ.

Marquez is the only finalist to ever win 1st place for three years in a row in the 55+ year history of ISEF. She was also awarded the 2013 Innovation Award, one of the top four awards at the fair, and the Humane Science Award. 
The value of Samantha’s awards, including awards for MLWGS and the sponsoring fair, is in excess of $10,000.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.