For decades, leaders in science and technology have kicked off their careers with high school research projects for the Science Talent Search. This week, judges announced the finalists for the national competition's 60th anniversary year.
Chosen from a field of 300 semifinalists, the 40 high school seniors represent just 2.5 percent of those who entered the 2001 Intel Science Talent Search. The finalists' projects cover topics in the social sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, math, and engineering.
Science Service, the publisher of Science News, and the Westinghouse Foundation established the Science Talent Search in 1942 to recognize and encourage precollege students who have an extraordinary flair for science, mathematics, and engineering. In March 1998, Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., became the program's corporate sponsor.
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