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Intel Science Talent Search 2014

About the Intel Science Talent Search

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. 


Inspiring innovation

Since 1998, Intel has sponsored this venerated competition. Now in its 73rd 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, seven have won the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology, and eight have won the Nobel Prize. 


Rewarding excellence

Intel STS prizes include:

  • Grand prize: USD 100,000
  • Second place: USD 75,000
  • Third place: USD 50,000
  • Fourth place: USD 40,000
  • Fifth place: USD 30,000
  • Sixth and seventh place: USD 25,000
  • Eighth, ninth, and tenth place: USD 20,000
  • The remaining 30 finalists: USD 7,500

 Additionally, each finalist receives:

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
  • An opportunity to meet with government officials, including the President or Vice President of the United States
  • A chance to interact with distinguished scientists and display science project research at the National Geographic Society
Intel Science Talent Search