In March, 2016, 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.
Selected from 1,750 applicants from across the US, Puerto Rico, and a handful of overseas schools, these select high school seniors were chosen for their innovative approaches to addressing some of today’s most pressing issues.
Among this year’s projects were: the development of a computer algorithm that will lead to more efficient encryption chips and higher levels of computer security, the invention of a low-cost virus-imprinted polymer that rapidly captures target viruses allowing for faster detection, and research that demonstrates the capacity of a commercially available resin to efficiently remove an antibiotic contaminant from surface and groundwater.
During their week in DC, the 2016 Intel STS finalists presented their work to esteemed judges as they competed for more than $1 million in prizes provided by the Intel Foundation.
Additionally, they shared their projects with the public at the National Geographic Society, interacted with Nobel laureates and other scientists in their fields of study, and met government officials as they explored the nation’s capital.
Awards were presented at a black tie gala at the National Building Museum on March 15.