Web edition: March 15, 2013
An experiment grown under her bed at home won Sara Volz $100,000 on March 12. The 17-year-old snagged the grand prize at the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). She conducted an experiment that coaxed algae into boosting their production of oil for use in biofuel. She and the 39 other finalists collectively took home $630,000 in awards for their outstanding research achievements.