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Intel Science Talent Search Winners

From the 1,750 high school seniors who applied for the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, 300 were chosen as semifinalists and a mere 40 named as finalists in the competition. These select few were invited to Washington, D.C., for a week in March, where they presented original research to judges, showcased their work at the National Geographic Society, and competed for a piece of more than $1 million in prizes awarded through the event.

On March, 15, at a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum, winners were announced.

Three first-place Medal of Distinction awards and prizes of $150,000 were presented to winners in three categories: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation. Second- and third-place winners in each category received awards of $75,000 and $35,000, respectively. The remaining finalists received awards of $7,500.

In total, more than $1 million was awarded to finalists, semifinalists, and their schools through the competition.

Of note, this year for the first time in the event’s 75-year history, female finalists outnumbered male finalists by a small margin (21 girls to 19 guys). These young women made a strong show at the competition, winning two of the top three prizes.

“This milestone is an inspiring sign of progress toward closing the gender gap in technology and engineering,” said Rosalind Hudnell, vice president in Human Resources, director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Corporation and president of the Intel Foundation, “and we hope these finalists’ outstanding work will inspire young people from all backgrounds to develop their interests in these fields.”

Here, meet the winners. 

Three First Place Medals Awarded

Runners-up

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