Forty high school students have entered the final heat in the race to win the nation’s longest-running precollege science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. This year’s finalists were selected from a pool of 1,736 entrants and will now compete for shares of $630,000 in scholarships.
In March, the finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with national leaders and to undergo rigorous judging of their work. The young investigators will also present their original research in science, math and engineering at the National Academy of Sciences headquarters. This year’s final 40 have performed research on topics such as stem cell development, stars in the Andromeda galaxy, mosquito mating behavior and the pollution found in rivers.
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