January 10, 1998
Science Talent Search future
by J.A. Miller
After CBS Corp. absorbed Westinghouse Electric Corp. last month, thoughts of science educators and students around the country turned to the Science Talent Search (STS). For 57 years, the contest funded by Westinghouse and administered by Science Service has honored and provided scholarships to thousands of high school students.
The Westinghouse Foundation is providing funds for the STS through 1999, says Thomas Peter Bennett, president of Science Service. "Since Science Service is committed to ensuring the continuation of the STS, we are currently engaged in conversations with several prospective corporate sponsors," he adds. "This year's competition will be unaffected by changes at Westinghouse."
The 300 semifinalists for the 1998 STS will be notified next week, and the 40 finalists will be announced January 27.
Five STS winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes, two have received Fields Medals in mathematics, and three have garnered National Medals of Science. Thirty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and four to the National Academy of Engineering.
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