Original scientific research has earned each of 40 high school students a coveted slot in the final round of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search. These teens emerged from a field of 1,600 competitors throughout the United States. Collectively, the finalists will receive more than $500,000 in scholarships.
Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., and Science Service, publisher of Science News, announced the 40 names on Jan. 26. Science Service has administered the annual competition for 64 continuous years, and Intel has sponsored it since 1998.
Fifteen of this year's finalists are female, and 19 fluently speak at least two languages. Five were born in China, one in Russia, and one in India.
"What's most encouraging is that these young people are just beginning their scientific journeys," says Intel chief executive Craig Barrett. "This group will be responsible for future discoveries that . . . keep America at the center of innovation."