Forty of America’s most promising young scientists and mathematicians gathered in Washington, D.C., March 7 – 12 2013, to take part in the country’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. These high school seniors were chosen from more than 1,700 applicants based on their innovative approaches to solving some of today’s most complex problems through original research projects.
Young innovators at this year’s competition addressed everything from science at the molecular level to probing the mathematical structure of the universe. Among this year’s projects: bioinformatics research that breaks new ground in predicting protein binding for drug therapy, the synthesis of ten new coordination polymers which may have applications in gas purification and the storage of hydrogen in fuel cells, and the study of an abstract mathematical structure called fusion rings, which may have applications in theoretical physics and computer science.
During their week in D.C., finalists had the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, meet with dignitaries, including President Obama, interact with distinguished scientists in their fields of study, and present their work to the public at the National Geographic Society.
Prizes of USD 630,000 were awarded to finalists at the grand awards ceremony, including a USD 100,000 scholarship for the first-place winner.