Science Talent Search
Robert Lynch was a finalist in the original Science Talent Search held in 1942. Due to his participation in STS, Robert won a scholarship to a local college and went on to become a clinical biochemist at the Medical College of Virginia.
Each year at the Intel Science Talent Search, alumni of the program are invited to speak to the most recent group of finalists. This year’s keynote speaker was Robert “Bob” Sproull, who recently retired as Vice President and Director of Oracle Labs, an applied research group that originated at Sun Microsystems. Sproull currently serves as Chair of the U.S. National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and as an adjunct professor of Computer Science at UMass.
SSP Alumnus Shari-Lynn Odzer, who participated in both the Science Talent Search and the International Science and Engineering Fair (now both sponsored by Intel) while in high school, describes her experiences participating in science education competitions and how that impacted her current career as a physician.
Milton Lauenstein was a finalist in the 1943 Westinghouse Science Talent Search. Despite competing in the STS and receiving a degree in chemical engineering from Purdue, Milt’s interests lay elsewhere- in sales, management, and even painting. Since retiring from the corporate world, he has been focused on preventing violence around the world.