2024 Humane Science Awards

Recognizing Student Excellence and Innovation in Science at ISEF

At NAVS, we're dedicated to advancing science without harming animals. Our ongoing participation in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a testament to our commitment to promoting humane scientific research and empowering the next generation of scientists.

ISEF provides a unique platform for NAVS to engage with the scientific community, advocate for ethical research practices, and foster dialogue on the importance of humane science. NAVS is the only animal advocacy organization that presents a special award at ISEF, and we’ve been providing these awards for more than 20 years!

Imagine a world where scientific progress isn't measured solely by breakthroughs, but also by compassion. This is the world NAVS envisions—a world where innovation thrives without causing harm to animals. And it's why our presence at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is crucial.

Humane Science Award

Every year at ISEF, NAVS bestows the Humane Science Award upon exceptional students who exemplify our values. The award is given to students whose projects show scientific excellence and advance science through the use of alternatives to animal experimentation, especially through the replacement of live animals with non-animal methodologies. Projects that include non-invasive observation of animals are also considered for recognition.

In 2024, NAVS awarded a record five students with this honor. As interest in pursuing humane science has continued to grow, we chose to grow, too, and give more students an opportunity to pursue ethical research.

Asher Wang accepts award

These awards aren't just tokens of recognition; they're investments in the future of ethical science. By supporting these young innovators, we're empowering them to pursue research projects that prioritize compassion and integrity. These students aren't just recipients; they're trailblazers, leading the way toward a more humane future.

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Education Outreach Day

Education Outreach Day is our gateway to the hearts and minds of the scientists of tomorrow. We use this opportunity to showcase humane and innovative tools that can replace animal specimens in dissection exercises. We’ve met hundreds of local elementary, junior high, and high school students, and sparked conversations about ethical research practices and the importance of prioritizing compassion in scientific inquiry. By nurturing a culture of empathy early on, we're sowing the seeds for a future where science serves humanity and animals alike.

Engaging with the Scientists of Tomorrow

At NAVS, we believe in engaging with the scientific community at every level. ISEF isn't just a platform for showcasing cutting-edge research; it's a meeting ground for minds, ideas, and possibilities. By actively participating in ISEF, we're not just observers; we're collaborators, mentors, and advocates. We're shaping the future of scientific inquiry by instilling ethical considerations into the hearts of the scientists of tomorrow.

In a world where progress often comes at a cost, NAVS stands as a beacon of hope—a reminder that scientific advancement doesn't have to come at the expense of compassion. Our presence at ISEF isn't just crucial; it's transformative. It's a testament to our unwavering commitment to advancing science without harming animals. And it's a promise to future generations that a brighter, more compassionate future is within reach.

Join us on this journey of discovery. Together, let's redefine what it means to do science—with empathy, with integrity, and with compassion.

NAVS staff at ISEF

2024 Award Winners

Meet the recipients of NAVS's Humane Science Award at ISEF! These exceptional students are leading the way in prioritizing compassion and innovation in scientific research. Click the links below to view their individual project videos and learn more about their motivations and the impact of their work on advancing humane science.

Photo Gallery

Step into the world of NAVS at ISEF through captivating photo galleries. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our interactions with students, educators, and policymakers, and witness the transformative power of humane science in action.

Past Recipients

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