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Scientific American, February 18, 2015
The 2015 Google Science Fair introduces The Scientific American Innovator Award

Scientific American and Google are introducing the Scientific American Innovator Award as part of the 2015 Google Science Fair.  The Scientific American Innovator Award honors a project in the biology, chemistry, physics, or behavioral and social sciences. The Google Science Fair, in its fifth year, is an international competition that encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 from all over the world to submit online science projects in order to compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Entries for the 2015 fair are due May 18, 2015.

“The theme of the 2015 Google Science Fair is ‘What will you try?,’ said Mariette DiChristina, Scientific American Editor in Chief and Google Science Fair Head Judge. “I can't wait to see what challenges the young scientists of tomorrow would like to try to solve to make the world a better place."

The winner of the Scientific American Innovator award will receive $25,000 in funding from Scientific American and a year’s worth of mentoring. In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine’s archives for 12 months. 

Scientific American is also sponsoring the Community Impact Award, which honors a project that makes a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. To help develop their project, the winner will be awarded  $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship provided by Scientific American. A full list of 2015 Google Science Fair prizes can be found here.

In early July 2015, 90 regional winners of the 2015 Google Science Fair will be announced, representing the best projects from the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia/Pacific. From this pool, 20 global finalists will be chosen in early August to come to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California in September to present their projects in front of a panel of esteemed judges.

Previous winners have tackled the global food crisis, toxic pollution, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer detection, and  bioplastic innovation. Past winners have received numerous other accolades including being invited to the White House.

Scientific American has been a partner with the Google Science Fair, an annual international online competition, since it launched in 2011. The other partners of the Google Science Fair are LEGO Education, National Geographic and Virgin Galactic. 


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Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science and technology in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches more than nine million readers. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American is published by Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

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