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Memories Can't Wait

Memories Can’t Wait: Researchers rethink the role of amyloid in causing Alzheimer’s
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Randa Flinn's Class
SSP Fellow Randa Flinn's students take home awards for the first time in decades. Read More
STS History
See pictures, facts, and alumni updates for each previous Science Talent Search, from 1942-2011, in the new STS historical pages.
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Intel STS 2011 Finalists with President Obama
Intel STS 2011 Finalists with President Obama at the White House

New Math Solution Earns Top Intel STS Prize

Forty of America’s brightest high school seniors came to the nation’s capital from March 9-15 to compete for one of America’s most prestigious science honors and $630,000 in awards.

The Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search 2011 presented their research projects to the public, took part in rigorous interviews with leading scientists, and were honored at a black-tie awards gala.

Intel and SSP announced the top winners on March 15:

  • First Place: Evan O’Dorney, 17, Danville, CA ($100,000)
  • Second Place: Michelle Hackman, 17, Great Neck, NY ($75,000)
  • Third Place: Matthew Miller, 18, Elon, NC ($50,000)
  • Fourth Place: Madeleine Ball, 18, Dallas, TX ($40,000)
  • Fifth Place: Selena Li, 17, Fair Oaks, CA ($30,000)
  • Sixth Place: Keenan Monks, 17, Hazelton, PA ($25,000)
  • Seventh Place: Benjamin Clark, 15, of Lancaster, PA ($25,000)
  • Eighth Place: Xiaoyu “Carrie” Cao, 17, San Diego, CA ($20,000)
  • Ninth Place: Jenny Liu, 18, Orange, CT ($20,000)
  • Tenth Place: Scott Boisvert, 17, Chandler, AZ ($20,000)

SSP Fellows
2010 SSP Fellows learn techniques for teaching science during the SSP Fellows Institute last July

Society Welcomes Third Class of SSP Fellows

This month, the Society announced selection of SSP Fellows for 2011. The SSP Fellowship, with generous support from Intel, provides teachers with resources and training to support and inspire the success of their most enthusiastic science students. Ten teachers from across the United States were named for their unique plans to reach students in underserved communities and to inspire excellence in independent scientific research:

  • Chris Todd Campbell, Simsboro High School, Ruston, LA
  • Joyce Corriere, Hampton High School, Hampton, VA
  • Donna Donnelly, New Century Technology High School, Huntsville, AL
  • Dominique Evans-Bye, Clark High School, La Crescenta, CA
  • Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez, Royal High School, Royal City, WA
  • Travis Hartberger, McKinley Technology High School, Washington DC
  • Kathryn Hedges, Hammond High School, Hammond, IN
  • Patricia Morris, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston, SC
  • Julie Olson, Mitchell Senior High School, Mitchell, SD
  • Jonathon Wetherington, Brookwood High School, Suwanee, GA

These teachers join 20 other Fellows who were named in 2009 and 2010 and who are serving multi-year terms.

SSP Fellows | Announcement Press Release | 2009 and 2010 SSP Fellows

Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Coleman (STS 1961), President of the University of Michigan, spoke with the Intel STS 2011 Finalists
Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Wilson (Coleman), center, with President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson
Credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Wilson (Coleman) by her STS project, "Studies in Bacterial Mutations," in 1961

SSP Alumni at the 70th Science Talent Search

This March, 40 high school students transitioned from Intel STS Finalists to become Intel STS alumni. Other Science Talent Search alumni took part in the Intel STS 2011 by returning to STS Public Day and attending the Awards Gala.

The Science Talent Institute, where Finalists come to Washington, DC, to meet each other and compete for top honors, has been part of the program since it started in 1942. For decades, Finalists have also spent time that week sharing their projects with the public in order to advance the role of science in society and to improve their science communication skills. At this year's Public Day, alumni came to reminisce and recall the time that they too shared their high school research with the community.

Finalists also hear from a distinguished alumnus every year at the Alumni Dinner. This year, they had the privilege of hearing stories and advice from University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman (STS 1961). Coleman recounted becoming a Finalist herself and encouraged the Finalists to do what they love and not to be afraid of failure. Read More.

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Waking up

Up-close image of a bug-sucking bladder of the aquatic bladderwort.
Credit: Carmen Weißkopf

Science News for Kids explains...

Carnivorous plants say ‘cheese’

By Stephen Ornes

If you were hiking and came across a plant called a bladderwort, you might stop to admire its small, yellow flowers floating on a puddle. And then walk on. But if you were smaller than a flea and lived in the water, you wouldn't admire the plant – you'd probably become its dinner. Read More

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