Intel Science Talent Search
Yesterday and today, 40 high school seniors from across the country—this year’s Intel Science Talent Search Finalists—traveled to Washington, DC to take part in the 70th Science Talent Institute. These students are ready to embark on a week that previous Finalists have said was one of the best of their lives!
Shiv Gaglani (Intel ISEF 2004, 2005, 2006) wished that, before he had participated the first time, he had been able to speak with someone who had lived through the Intel ISEF experience. That conversation may have helped him take even fuller advantage of all of the opportunities available to him and his fellow young scientists.
According to a recent study by Intel, 51 percent of teens who are not confident in the United States’ math and science abilities believe this is because Americans do not work hard enough. Only a third of teens surveyed blamed lack of funding or school emphasis for poor math and science abilities in the United States, which may suggest they need to be challenged to work harder in the classroom. Additionally, while 85 percent are confident in their own math and science abilities, 90 percent chose a country other than the U.S. when deciding which country was the best at math and science.
All the Intel Science Talent Search 2011 applications are now in! This year, 1,744 seniors in high school from across the country are vying to be named as one of the 300 semifinalists in the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Of those 300, 40 Finalists will be selected to visit Washington, D.C. in March to be counted among America’s best and brightest and to compete for the top award of $100,000!
The projects cover a wide array of subjects. A breakdown of the entrants by project category is below.
Two members of SSP’s Board of Trustees concluded their Board service today after decades of dedication. Under the leadership of Robert Fri and Dudley Herschbach, SSP has grown tremendously, evolving and expanding the scope of its work to advance the public engagement in scientific research and education.