Long Island students won 53 out of 300 semifinalist awards for high school seniors in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of Society for Science & the Public . Click here for a list of winners in your area. The names were announced on January 9.
The Long Islanders overcame obstacles Super Storm Sandy placed in their path such as flooding and power outages. Resourceful students salvaged research from water damage, wrote in the dark, and plugged a computer into a generator.
The semifinalists are spread between Nassau and Suffolk counties. There are six winners from Half Hollow Hills school district, five from Jericho, four from Roslyn and four from Smithtown. There are 22 other districts and two private academies with at least one semifinalist. Statewide, New York produced 104 semifinalists. California was a far second with 47 winners, and New Jersey third with 17.
Intel Science Talent Search Competition
The Intel Science Talent Search is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competitions. "Each year, the Intel Science Talent Search honors high school seniors poised to lead in U.S. scientific innovation," said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. "This year, these young scientists are tackling some of the world's greatest challenges in topics ranging from environmental conservation solutions to medical treatments."
The science research contest covers all disciplines of science, including biochemistry, materials science, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine and health. Students are encouraged to tackle difficult and challenging scientific questions and in the process, develop skills to solve tomorrow's problems.
Young scientific minds compete for $1.25 million in awards. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards.
Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,700 entrants and hail from 190 high schools in more than 30 states and one American high school overseas.
On Jan. 23, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named as finalists. Each finalist receives at least $7,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 7-13. There, they will compete for $630,000 in awards provided by the Intel Foundation.
Finalists will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions and announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12. The top 10 winners will receive awards totaling $305,000. The first place award is $100,000.
Students entering academic competitions gain skills that can lead to a successful college prep and college experience. The ability to conduct independent research, write about and explain it while maintaining a full high school schedule shows discipline, dedication and superior time management skills. These skills can be used in college prep to attain college dreams.
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