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SANTA CLARA, California - Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics - or "fingerprints" - of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000. Mary's invention cost hundreds of dollars.
The remaining 30 finalists receive $5,000 scholarships and new Intel ® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology based notebooks.
More than 1,700 high school seniors nationwide entered Intel STS. Of those, 300 were chosen as semifinalists in January, and of these, 40 finalists were invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for the top 10 awards.
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who awarded the scholarships to the winning students at a gala in Washington, D.C. tonight, said, "For nearly 40 years, Intel has worked to encourage and develop new generations of innovators. When I meet young scientists like Mary, John, Dmitry and the other Intel STS finalists, I know that the future of American innovation is bright."
"I am particularly heartened by the fact that more women were finalists and top 10 winners this year than in any year since Intel assumed the title sponsorship in 1998," he said.
STS is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition. Its alumni include six Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science winners, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and two Fields Medalists. Intel assumed the title sponsorship of Intel STS nearly a decade ago to spotlight the need to improve math and science education in the United States, increasing the competition's annual awards and scholarships from $207,000 to $1.25 million. Since then, interest in Intel STS has risen significantly, with this year's 1,705 entrants representing record participation for the Intel sponsorship.
Intel has long been committed to promoting math and science education, with an emphasis on women and underserved minorities. Today Intel invests more than $100 million annually to promote education and technological literacy around the world.
Society for Science & the Public, the nonprofit organization which works to advance the understanding and appreciation of science, has administered the STS since its inception in 1942. Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public, said, "Intel STS finalists represent the future of American innovation in math, science, and engineering. Society for Science & the Public is proud to join Intel in congratulating Mary Masterman and all of the Intel STS finalists on their accomplishments. Their dedication to scientific inquiry and discovery is inspirational."
To learn more about Intel's commitment to education around the world, visit www.intel.com/education. To learn more about Society for Science & the Public, visit www.societyforscience.org.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. For more information please visit www.intel.com/pressroom.
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