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Compete for the NIDA Addiction Science Award (High School)

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What are Addiction Science Projects? Addiction science fair projects are any science fair project that contributes to the knowledge of addiction and its health consequences. Students educate themselves and fellow classmates on the science behind addiction. They can even compete for awards specific to the topic.

The NIDA Addiction Science Award is given by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the three best addiction science fair projects at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). First place receives $2500, second place receives $1500 and third place receives $1000. NIDA announces their winners at the Special Awards ceremony during ISEF, and all award recipients are invited to visit NIDA in Bethesda, Maryland.  What makes a project eligible for competition? According to NIDA’s website, projects eligible for a NIDA Science Fair Award must be conducted under the supervision of a science teacher or science mentor deemed qualified by a science teacher. All ISEF rules for experiments apply.

ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It features more than 1,500 high school students’ independent research.

How can I do that?

  1. Browse study areas and suggested topics from the NIDA website, and pick one that interests you.
  2. Seek out a science teacher or science mentor to supervise your work.
  3. Comply with all ISEF rules re: your experiment and submission/competition guidelines.


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