Science Talent Search Semifinalists Named
01.22.2007—Intel has named 300 semifinalists in its annual Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition. For the 2007 competition, each of the semifinalists--all high school seniors--receive $1,000 and a chance to be named finalists. The semifinalists' school also receive $1,000 each. The 1,705 entrants from this year's competition came from 487 different schools in 46 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
At the end of this month, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named finalists and will receive Intel-based laptops. From that pool, 10 will be awarded scholarships totaling $500,000 (including the $100,000 top prize) at an event to be held March 8. Finalists will also be able to display their work at the National Academy of Sciences.
"The creativity of the Intel STS 2007 semifinalists is truly amazing," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Science Service, the non-profit organization behind STS. "This year's projects address many of the pressing issues facing our country and the world, in categories from engineering to chemistry to space science. Science Service is proud to work with Intel and this year's students to further scientific inquiry and discovery."
Over the last 66 years, six finalists from the STS have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes, and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science, and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships. The Science Talent Search has ben in operation since 1941. Intel took over sponsorship of the competition in 1998 and raised the top prize for the competition to a $100,000 scholarship.
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