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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 in the hope of winning awards. The applicant pool is first narrowed to three hundred semifinalists, who – along with their schools – receive cash prizes. From there, the top 40 finalists are selected and invited to Washington, D.C., to attend a week-long celebration of science and compete for top honors:

 

  • The Basic Research Medal recognizes finalists who demonstrate exceptional scientific potential through depth of research and analysis, which is critical to conducting basic or fundamental research. 
  • The Global Good Medal rewards finalists who demonstrate great scientific potential through their passion to make a difference, most notably by seeking solutions to real-world problems.
  • The Innovation Medal celebrates finalists whose great potential is exemplified by applying the problem-solving aptitude of an engineer through innovative design and creativity. 

 

Inspiring innovation

 

Since 1998, Intel has sponsored this venerated competition. Now in its 74th 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

 

Starting with the 2015 competition, Intel STS top awards will include:

 

Basic Research

                First Prize: $150,000

                Second Prize: $75,000

                Third Prize: $35,000

Global Good

                First Prize: $150,000

                Second Prize: $75,000

                Third Prize: $35,000

Innovation

                First Prize: $150,000

                Second Prize: $75,000

                Third Prize: $35,000

 

The remaining 31 finalists: $7,500

 

 Additionally, every 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 research at the National Geographic Society
 
The new prize structure – larger prizes in multiple categories, with three first-, second- and third-place winners, versus a single first-place winner of $100,000, with diminishing prizes for the rest of the top ten, as in the past – will enable a greater number of outstanding students to pursue the higher education of their choice.

 

In total, more than $1.6 million in prizes will be awarded at Intel STS 2015.

Intel Science Talent Search