Teens from 18 states will soon face off in the finals of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Prizes have been bumped up markedly this year: Each of the three top awards is $150,000 and, taken together, the prizes now total more than $1 million.
The 40 finalists will visit Washington, D.C., from March 5 to 11. There, they will present their research to judges and the public. During more relaxed times, the teens will tour a number of national landmarks. The climax of the week will be a black-tie awards gala at the National Building Museum.
Intel STS finalists “are some of the best and brightest young scientists in the nation,” says Maya Ajmera, president and chief executive officer of Society for Science & the Public, which publishes Science News. “As an alumna of the Science Talent Search, I am especially proud to join with Intel in congratulating the