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 were announced on March 16, 2016.
In 2016, Amol Punjabi, 17, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research, Paige Brown, 17, of Bangor, Maine,won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good, for studying the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli and phosphate contamination levels and Maya Varma, 17, of Cupertino, California, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation, for using $35 worth of hobbyist electronics and free computer-aided design tools to create a smartphone-based lung function analyzer that diagnoses lung disease.
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Intel STS is a program of Society for Science & the Public, sponsored through 2017 by Intel.