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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 -- Today 300 teens may well be on the road to becoming tomorrow's elite scientists as they have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The Intel STS is America's oldest, most highly regarded pre-college science competition and heir to more than six decades of science excellence. A list of the semifinalists is available at www.societyforscience.org/sts/65sts/06semis.asp.
The Intel Foundation will award $1,000 to each semifinalist with a matching amount going to their schools. Intel implemented the school award in 2000 and since then has contributed more than $2 million to help improve math and science in U.S. high schools.
"Intel is committed to encouraging and showcasing America's brightest young scientists," stated Brenda Musilli, Intel director of education. Commenting on the significance of the student's achievements, Musilli noted, "Becoming an Intel STS semifinalist shows the world that this teen has exceptional promise and has the potential to become one of tomorrow's great scientists."
Over the past 65 years, STS alumni have received more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors including six Nobel Prizes, three National Medals of Science, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and two Fields Medals.
This year's semifinalists were selected from 1,558 entrants representing 486 high schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and an overseas school. Their research projects cover all disciplines of science including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science and medicine and health. Students range in age from 15 to 18 with females representing 53 percent of the total entrants.
More than 100 top scientists from a variety of disciplines review and judge all Intel STS entries and examine each individual's research ability, scientific originality and creative thinking. From these 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be announced on Jan. 25. These students will take an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute. There they will participate in final judging and compete for college scholarships totaling more than $500,000. Winners will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions and announced at a black-tie banquet on March 14.
Society for Science & the Public is the nonprofit organization which has administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942. The mission of Society for Science & the Public is to advance the understanding and appreciation of science. In addition to its education programs, Society for Science & the Public publishes the weekly magazine Science News. For more information on Society for Science & the Public, visit www.societyforscience.org.
Intel's long-standing commitment to education is fueled by our mission to invest not only in our business and industry, but in the future of young people. Through education programs such as the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel works to inspire and educate children in communities around the world in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering. For more information, visit www.intel.com/education.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
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