As the nation returns to a new normal, the Society of Science hosted its 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta on May 11 where Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Texas A&M University School of Engineering Medicine dean and the 2020 Vannevar Bush Award recipient, participated virtually as part of the Excellence in Science and Technology panel.
Additional notable speakers included Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs and other innovators:
- Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., former director of the National Institutes of Health and presidential science advisor
- Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Rebecca Bunnell, Ph.D., M.Ed., director of the Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- George Yancopoulos, co-founder, president and chief scientific officer, Regeneron
The Regeneron ISEF is an annual science fair sponsored by the Society of Science. Each May, more than 1,500 students from roughly 70 countries and territories compete in the conference for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and grand prizes, including a $75,000 and two $50,000 college scholarships. This year, all prizes together total more than $8 million.
ISEF was founded in 1950 by the Society for Science (formerly the Science Service) and was sponsored by the Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2019. Since 2020, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is the title sponsor for ISEF.