Manila, July 31, 2003 By Rudy A. Fernandez (STAR) Attention: Science-oriented high school students.

The Intel Philippine Science Fair (Intel PSF) for academic year 2003-2004 is now open.

With "Exploring the Endless Frontier" as its theme, the fair was declared open by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Intel Phils. during the recent National Science and Technology Week held at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.

Intel PSF, an annual nationwide science competition among high school students, aims to promote S&T consciousness among the youth through science investigatory or research projects.

Now on its seventh year, the fair is a joint project of the DOST-Science Education Institute, the Department of Education and Intel Phils.

Intel PSF is regarded as the country’s biggest and most prestigious science competition among science and mathematics enthusiasts. Entries may fall under either individual or team project. Students may choose to focus on either of two major fields of study: life or physical/applied sciences.

The competition starts at the division level, progressing to the regional and then the national level.

Ultimately, the Intel PSF seeks to identify the best and most creative among the science-inclined and technology-conscious students who can ably represent the Philippines in various international competitions such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

Held annually in the United States every May, the Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science.

The 7th Intel PSF’s division level begins on Oct. 15 and the regional level on Dec. 4-5 in the country’s 16 regions. The national finals are scheduled on Feb. 24-27, 2004.

Last year, 142 science investigatory projects vied for the grand awards in the national finals.

Philippine delegates to the Intel ISEF have always brought honor to the country.

This year, Efrellene Galula of the Agusan del Sur National High School won second place in the American Intellectual Properly Law Association Award with her science investigatory project "Antibacterial Agent Obtained from the Midgut of Cattle Leeches (Hirudinaria manillensis Lesson)."

In 2002, the Philippine got a mark of distinction when the Filipino students’ science projects reaped two major awards in Physics and Microbiology.

Dr. Josette Biyo of the Philippine Science High School—West Visayas in Iloilo City also received the Intel Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious prize for science research advisers given in the ISEF.

It is hoped that this year’s batch of science whiz kids will also make an impression in the Intel ISEF in Portland, Oregon, in May 2004.

The Intel PSF is part of Intel Corp.’s globally education initiative dubbed "Intel Innovation in Education."

High school students interested in participating in the Intel PSF may make inquiries with the DOST’s regional office nearest them, or they may log on to

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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