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Eric Chen Named Top Winner at Intel STS 2014

Top three winners of the Intel STS 2014 (left to right): William Kuszmaul (3rd place), Kevin Lee (2nd place), and Eric Chen (1st place). Credit: Patrick Thornton, SSP

Eric S. Chen, 17, of San Diego, California won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his research of potential new drugs to treat influenza on Tuesday, March 11. Winners were announced at a black-tie gala following the conclusion of the Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Eric’s interdisciplinary approach combined computer modeling with structural studies and biological validation, with a focus on drugs that inhibit endonuclease, an enzyme essential for viral propagation. Eric hopes his work will lead to a new class of drugs to control flu outbreaks during a pandemic and allow time for a vaccine to be developed.

Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition, received a total of $630,000 in awards.

Read the press release for more information about Eric and the other top ten winners of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014!

The Future: Powered by Fiction Applications Close November 14

8:30am, October 24, 2013
Have you been thinking about applying to The Future: Powered by Fiction? There is now less than one month left to get your science fiction story, essay, video, or comic submissions in! Don’t miss your chance to be one of 10 $1,000 winners! In addition to the cash prize, winners will also have their work published online.
The contest is open to all individuals between the ages of 13-25.

SPARK Competition Now Accepting Applications

12:37pm, October 16, 2013
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in collaboration with Society for Science & the Public (SSP) announced the launch of a new competition focused on creating the equivalent of the chemistry set for the 21st Century. 
The Science, Play and Research Kit competition, or SPARK, challenges participants to generate a new set of experiences and activities that encourage imagination and interest in science, bringing the spirit of the classic chemistry set to today’s children. 

SSP Launches New Science Education Blog

9:30am, October 10, 2013
SSP recently launched Eureka! Lab, a new science education blog for students, parents, and educators. Eureka! Lab is part of “Student Science,” a new part of the Society for Science & the Public’s website that includes information on our educational competitions, resources, and the recently renamed Science News for Students online publication.
Why Eureka!Lab?

Pediatric Surgery Institute Offers Awards at Intel ISEF for the First Time

9:24am, October 18, 2013

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center participated as a Special Award Organization for the first time at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2013 this past May in Phoenix, AZ. Answers to the questions below were provided by Dr. Craig Peters, Pediatric Urologist and Chief, Surgical Technology and Translation, and Dr.

Lillie Bryant, SSP Fellow, Hosts Science Summer Camp

1:25pm, October 11, 2013

Lillie Bryant, SSP 2012 Fellow, teaches at Reed Resource Center School in Shuqualak, Mississippi. In addition to her research program at the high school level, Lillie also recently hosted a science summer camp for younger students.


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