Science Talent Search has new sponsor
The competition was fierce, but a winner finally emerged from the pack. The Science Talent Search (STS), a 57-year-old contest in which U.S. high school seniors annually display their scientific prowess and promise, welcomed a new title sponsor last week.
Holder of the coveted designation is Santa Clara, Calif.based Intel Corporation, the world's largest maker of computer chips.
Science Service, the nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that publishes Science News, has administered the STS since its inception -- until now in partnership with the Westinghouse Foundation.
"Science Service looks forward to continuing this great tradition of excellence and commitment to nurturing young scientific talent in its new partnership with Intel," said Ann Korando, director of development and public affairs at Science Service.
Intel sought to establish its new affiliation with the STS in order to carry into the next century the accomplishments of a program that it considers a "national treasure." Says Gordon E. Moore, chairman emeritus of Intel, "We are committed to finding ways to bring the program -- the country's most prestigious science competition -- to more students, teachers, and schools."
Seventy-six companies from around the world contacted Science Service about the opportunity to become the new title sponsor of STS. All of the organizations that were considered have been invited to collaborate with Intel in supporting future STS competitions.
The STS provides a prestigious forum in which high school students active in scientific and mathematical research exhibit their projects, win national recognition, and attract the attention of leading universities (SN: 3/14/98, p. 165). More than 1,500 students entered this year's competition. The 40 finalists received college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $40,000.
Intel also sponsors the International Science and Engineering Fair, which is administered by Science Service.
Milius, S. 1998. Math enthusiast wins Science Talent Search. Science News 153(March 14):165.
Development and Public Affairs
1719 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Gordon E. Moore
2200 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95052-8119
copyright 1998 ScienceService