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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair kicks off

Young scientists descend on Reno in hopes of winning scholarships and other prizes

More than 1,500 high school students are trying their luck in Reno, Nev., this week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. While some students will hit the jackpot, they all have already won big — previously taking top prizes at 500 or so science fairs for ninth- through 12th-graders held across the country and globe. Now the young scientists will present their projects in Reno, competing for nearly $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants and scientific trips and equipment.

Some of the students have been working on their projects for months, others for years. Categories include energy and transportation, cellular and molecular biology, physics and astronomy, medicine and health, microbiology, engineering and mathematics. After a week of showcasing their projects, interviewing with judges and attending talks and events, three of the students will be awarded $50,000 scholarships.

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