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The Intel Science Talent Search
The Intel Science Talent Search

The Intel Science Talent Search

This competition is in semifinalist stage right now. I have heard that a Woodlands Homeschooler, Michael Wham, is one of the semifinalists. Congratulations! A recent press release says:
300 High School Seniors Named Semifinalists in Intel Science Talent Search Young Innovators Compete for $1.25 Million in Scholarships SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2009 – At 176 high schools across the country today, 300 students were named semifinalists of the Intel® Science Talent Search 2009, a program of the Society for Science & the Public. As America’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search brings together the best and brightest young scientific minds in America to compete for $1.25 million in scholarships. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award with an additional $1,000 going to his or her respective school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards. This year’s semifinalists were selected from 1,608 entrants, and hail from 36 states, the District of Columbia and accredited overseas schools in India and South Korea. The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop the skills to solve the problems of tomorrow. Projects submitted for consideration cover all disciplines of science including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science and medicine and health.
Over the past 67 years, the young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent Search have gone on to receive some of the world’s most prestigious honors. For example, seven former finalists have won the Nobel Prize while others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. “Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists tackle today’s challenging problems with solutions that have great potential to positively impact our world,” said Craig Barrett, Intel’s Chairman of the Board. “To foster the next generation of innovators, the United States must invest in encouraging this passion for math and science in more of our youth.” On Jan. 28, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named as finalists and receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a week-long event in March; they will compete for a grand prize of $100,000. A total of $530,000 in scholarships will be provided by the Intel Foundation with each finalist receiving at least $5,000 and a new laptop powered by the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor. The top finalists will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions while in Washington, D.C. and announced at a black-tie gala award ceremony at the Mellon Auditorium on March 10.
You can find out more about the Science Talent Search and the International Science and Engineering Fair at the STS Home Page. Hat tip: The TAFFIE mailing list.

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