Two of the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists (Intel STS) are from Long Island, the science competition announced yesterday. For 2013, New York is the state with the highest number of young innovators, with a total of seven finalists. The finalists receive $7,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 7-13, during which they will compete for more than $630,000 in awards provided by the Intel Foundation.
For Intel STS 2013, 1,712 high school seniors entered the original research contest hailing from 42 states, Washington, D.C., Guam and two American schools overseas. On Jan. 9, this field of entrants was narrowed to 300 semifinalists.
The competition provides an opportunity for budding young scientists to pursue research in a field they are passionate about while contemplating future careers and engaging in college prep.
Long Island finalists
- Mayuri Sridhar from Kings Park High School, Kings Park. Her project is a "Computational Analysis of the DNA-Binding Mechanism of the p53 Tumor Suppressor and its Inactivation through the R249S Mutation."
- Michael Zhang from Smithtown High School East, Saint James. His project is a "Role-Inducted Perspective Visual Behavior during Scene Free-Viewing."
Click here for a full list of the finalists.
Intel Science Talent Search Competition
The Intel STS, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science annual competitions.
"This year's Intel Science Talent Search finalists are presenting a wide range of research, from optimizing algae oil for biofuel to developing a new treatment for blood cancer," said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. "It's exciting for the future of innovation because the U.S. needs these 40 high school seniors, and others like them, to question, explore and help solve some of the world's greatest challenges."
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942.
"We commend the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists on their successes so far and look forward to watching them progress not only during the finals in Washington, but also during their future careers," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public. "They showcase how a background in science, technology, engineering and math education can provide insight into solutions for the future."
Over the past 70 years, Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.
What's next for finalists
The 40 finalists will appear at the Public Exhibition of Projects in Washington, D.C., on March 10. Top winners of the Intel STS 2013 will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 12. The top 10 winners will receive awards totaling $305,000. The first place award is $100,000.
The second-place winner receives $75,000 and the third-prize winner gets a $50,000 award. Fourth place receives $40,000 and $30,000 is awarded to fifth place. The sixth- and seventh-place finalists each receive a $25,000 award; eighth- through 10th-prize winners each receive $20,000.
What's next for 2014
Students in their last year of secondary school in November 2013, who meet all other eligibility requirements, may compete in Intel STS 2014. This is great news for the college-bound involved in college prep.
Rules and entry instructions and the application for Intel STS 2014 will be available on or before September 1, 2013. Students can sign up to receive a reminder e-mail when the Intel STS 2014 rules and application are available. Meanwhile, they can read the Intel STS Rules and Entry Instructions for 2013 for last year’s eligibility requirements and other important information about approvals that are required prior to some research projects.
Other academic and non-academic competitions and scholarships may pique a student's interest. Students participating in Intel STS or other competitions can include them on their college application resume of achievements and activities. Colleges recognize the hard work, discipline and time it takes to meet these challenges. It showcases student abilities to meet the rigors of college studies and may increase chances for admission to their choice colleges.
The college-bound can gain valuable research skills in academic competitions like Intel STS and a chance to make valuable contributions in their chosen field of interest. It's an opportunity for young scientists in training to make a difference and be rewarded for their hard work. Monies won can be used to help pay for college.
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