The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. It honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community.
Each year, more than 1,700 students attending American high schools enter the competition. Three hundred are selected as semifinalists. From this select pool, 40 finalists are invited to participate in a week-long event in Washington, D.C., in March where they compete for USD 630,000 in awards, including a USD 100,000 prize for First Place.
Since 1998, Intel has sponsored this venerated competition. Now in its 72nd year, the Intel Science Talent Search continues to inspire innovation in science, technology, engineering and math, and to recognize notable achievements by the next generation of scientific leaders.
Intel STS alumni have achieved some of the world’s most revered honors: eleven have won MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grants, six have won the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology, and seven have won the Nobel Prize.
Intel STS prizes include:
Additionally, each finalist receives: