Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Selects 40 U.S. High School Seniors as
Science Stars Tackle Global Challenges in Prestigious Competition
*The Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of Society for Science &
the Public, selected 40 young innovators as finalists.
*With the potential to solve the world’s challenges, the Intel Science
Talent Search finalists represent the nation’s most promising high school
*Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for $630,000
in awards with the top winner receiving $100,000 from the Intel
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 23, 2013
Intel Corporation recognized 40 U.S. high school seniors as finalists in the
Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of Society for Science & the
Public and the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science
The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to pursue ambitious
scientific questions and develop skills to solve the problems of tomorrow.
Participants are judged on their original scientific research and their
achievement and leadership, inside and outside the classroom. The 40 finalists
will compete in Washington, D.C. from March 7-13 for $630,000 in awards. The
top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
“This year’s Intel Science Talent Search finalists are presenting a wide range
of research, from optimizing algae oil for biofuel to developing a new
treatment for blood cancer,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the
Intel Foundation. “It’s exciting for the future of innovation because the U.S.
needs these 40 high school seniors, and others like them, to question, explore
and help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization
dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned
and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942.
“We commend the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists on their successes so
far and look forward to watching them progress not only during the finals in
Washington, but also during their future careers,” said Elizabeth Marincola,
president of Society for Science & the Public. “They showcase how a background
in science, technology, engineering and math education can provide insight
into solutions for the future.”
Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Fast Facts
*The Intel Science Talent Search 2013 finalists are from 40 schools in 21
*Among the 40 finalists, there is an equal gender distribution with 50
percent males and 50 percent females.
*California and New York represent over 30 percent of this year’s
*Finalist projects are distributed among 16 categories, including
bioengineering, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics and
space science, behavioral and social sciences, and plant science.
*These 40 finalists were narrowed down from 300 semifinalists and more than
*For a list of this year’s finalists, visit www.societyforscience.org/sts.
Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. for a week-long event from March
7-13, during which they’ll undergo a rigorous judging process and meet with
national leaders. In past years, this has included a visit with the president
of the United States, interaction with preeminent scientists and display of
their research to the public at the National Geographic Society. Top winners
will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building
Museum on March 12.
Young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent Search over the
past 72 years have gone on to receive some of the world's most prestigious
honors. For example, Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to win seven
Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur
Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Intel has sponsored the Intel Science Talent Search for 15 years. Because
Intel views education as the foundation for innovation, Intel and the Intel
Foundation have invested more than $1 billion over the past decade, and Intel
employees have donated close to 3 million hours toward improving education in
more than 60 countries.
This is the first year that Intel Science Talent Search entrants,
semifinalists and finalists will receive digital badges recognizing and
rewarding their achievements in independent scientific and engineering
research. Digital badges promote informal modes of education and provide
recognition and credentialing for achievements beyond the classroom. Learn
more about the badging initiative at http://badging.societyforscience.org.
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