The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, the Science Talent Search (STS) has served as the national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
Seven decades since its launch, the program has recognized almost 3,000 finalists with more than $13 million in scholarships. Alumni include holders of more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors. These include eleven National Medals of Science winners, eighteen MacArthur Foundation Fellows, two Fields Medalists and twelve Nobel Laureates.
Entrants must complete a rigorous application process, including a 20-page research report documenting their independent scientific research. After extensive review, 40 finalists are selected to compete each March in Washington, DC.
The Intel STS 2016 semifinalists were announced on January 6 and the finalists were announced on January 20. Winners will be announced on March 15, 2016.
In 2015, Noah Golowich of Lexington, MA won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research; Andrew Jin of San Jose, CA won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good; and Michael Winer of North Bethesda, MD won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation. All three awards are worth $150,000.
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Intel STS is a program of Society for Science & the Public, sponsored through 2017 by Intel.