In March, 2014, forty of America’s most promising young scientists and mathematicians gathered in Washington, D.C., to take part in the country’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. These high school seniors were chosen from nearly 1,800 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 presented research in the following categories: biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, materials science, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, physics, and space science. Notable research projects included biocompatible solar cells, computer models that simulate social networks or aid in disease screening, innovative breast cancer research, and filter and sensor research that can detect arsenic in the home.
During their week in D.C., finalists explored the nation’s capital, met with President Obama and other dignitaries, interacted with distinguished scientists in their fields of study, and presented their work to the public at the National Geographic Society.
Prizes of USD 630,000 were awarded to finalists at the grand awards ceremony.