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IN THIS ISSUE: Intel sts 2012 semifinalists announced, Alumni Updates, Science News, and more...

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Intel STS 2012 Semifinalist Samantha Garvey
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Intel Science Talent Search 2012 semifinalists announced

On January 11, 300 high school seniors from across the country were announced as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2012.

Among them was Samantha Garvey, who made national news because she was able to do her science despite the fact that her family was living in a homeless shelter. Also read SSP President Elizabeth Marincola's comment on The Huffington Post regarding her amazing story.

Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 per semifinalist for his or her school. Semifinalists were selected from 1,839 entrants — the greatest number in over a decade, and a 5 percent increase over the number of 2011 applicants. SSP and Intel will announce the 40 finalists of the Intel STS 2012 on January 25. These students will gather in Washington, D.C. from March 8-13 to compete for $630,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

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Read Science News for Kids as science fair season heats up...

By Jennifer Cutraro

As temperatures drop and days grow shorter, middle and high school students across the country begin gearing up for science fair season. While these competitions typically take place in the spring, the qualifying projects can take several weeks or even months to plan, carry out and summarize. That means late fall and early winter are an ideal time for students to start brainstorming project ideas. Read More

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