The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, ISEF brings over 1,800 high school students from 75 countries to exhibit and demonstrate ingenuity and innovation through science projects of their own design. For more information, visit

USAID presents the Science for Development Award to recognize innovative student projects in science and technology that could advance our ability to meet current and future development challenges. Student projects are recognized with first place ($5,000), second place ($3,000), and third place ($2,000) awards in four categories. For ten years, USAID has provided over $300,000 in awards. Additionally, USAID presents the Science Champion Award to exceptional students or teams exhibiting at ISEF-Affiliated Fairs around the world whose projects have the potential to make an impact on addressing international development challenges.

USAID’s Involvement in ISEF Fact Sheet

At the 2023 Regeneron ISEF, USAID presented the Science for Development Award to the following projects:


Global Health Category

1st Place: Alex Wang Spatially Multiplexed Gold Leaf Electrodes for Affordable Pathogenic Detection

2nd Place: Ishan Choudhary and Aditya Kumar Jha HepaEase - Development of Risk Assessment Tool and xLFIA Validating Potential Urinary Biomarkers for Early Detection of NAFLD

3rd Place: Lakshika Nanda Kumar Reddy Detecting Cataracts From Front-View Retinal Images Using Machine Learning

ISEF Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Security

1st Place: Prisha Bhat Agro-Rhizoremediation: Rhizoremediation with Agro-transformed Oryza sativa to Facilitate Degradation of Arsenic in-Situ (Year III)

2nd Place: Sunyapat Akkarajeerawat and Thanatkorn Chauvanasmith A Sustainable Approach to Control the Destructive Red Palm Weevil Pests

3rd Place: Marc Lesly Morency, Louis Marie Olivier Rolles and Witchy Rosemane Affordable and Readily Accessible Solar Dehydrator

ISEF Climate

Climate and Environmental Protection

1st Place: Lauanda Vitoriano Lima and Kalyne Vitoria Ferreira Falcao Pereira Low Cost Ecological Filter for Water Treatment, Made on the Basis of Activated Carbon from Black Jurema Biomass (Mimosa hostilis)

2nd Place: Amelie Chen Antipodal Algae: Energy Solutions for a Tropical Island

3rd Place: Eliana Kai Juarez Addressing Disparities in Air Quality Monitoring: Using Machine Learning and Remote Sensing to Estimate the Distribution of PM2.5 in Mexico

ISEF Crisis

Working in Crisis and Conflict

1st Place: Sruti Peddi FloodCast: Real-Time Flood Mapping and Prediction in Southeast Asia Using Remote Sensing Data

2nd Place: Lucas Hadlich Camargo Sampaio Development of a Low-Cost Network System to Monitor Landslides in Urban Hills

3rd Place: Minh Duc Le and Le Trung Kien Nguyen Quadruped Robot Model Assisting with Searching and Rescuing People in Landslide-Stricken Areas

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