Nation’s Brightest Young Scientists to Showcase Innovative Research at the Intel Science Talent Search 2015


Next week, 40 brilliant high school seniors will convene in Washington, D.C. to compete for more than $1 million in awards and recognition as America’s most innovative young scientists and researchers. These students are finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.

Starting this year, the Intel Science Talent Search has tripled the top award amounts to further reward young scientists. In place of the previous grand prize of $100,000, three new Medal of Distinction awards of $150,000 each will be presented to students who show exceptional scientific potential in three areas: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation. Since assuming title sponsorship of the Intel Science Talent Search in 1998, Intel has increased annual awards and scholarships from $205,000 to $1.6 million.

What:  Media are invited to attend a public exhibition of the Intel Science Talent Search finalists’ projects and meet the next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers. Finalists will be available for interviews and photos as they display, describe and answer questions about their research.

When & Where:       

Public Exhibition of Projects
Sunday, March 8, 1-4 p.m. ET
National Geographic Society
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C, 20036             

Who:  All 40 Intel Science Talent Search 2015 finalists. These high schools seniors hail from 36 schools in 18 states. The finalists’ research projects include:

  • An advanced encryption system with potential applications in cybersecurity
  • New logic synthesis methods that realize cost, space and time benefits of memristor-based computer chips.
  • A machine learning-based method to identify promising drugs to combat cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola
  • An inexpensive water treatment system that removes arsenic from drinking water

For a full list of this year’s finalists, visit

“The public exhibition of these projects provides an opportunity for students, parents and other members of the community to meet the exceptional Intel Science Talent Search finalists and highlights the importance of science, engineering, and technology education – which is crucial to produce the researchers and innovators that drive companies like Intel,” said Justin Rattner, president of the Intel Foundation.

“The public exhibition of the Intel Science Talent Search projects allows these accomplished young researchers to not only showcase their work, but also provides an opportunity for them to inspire science enthusiasts of all ages,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and alumna of the Science Talent Search. “I look forward to learning from them about the research they have conducted and meeting the STEM leaders of tomorrow.”

Justin Rattner and Maya Ajmera will both be available for comment.

Contact: To RSVP for either event or to schedule interviews, please contact

Olivia Campbell, 646-384-2095,