Forty high school students—the top 2.6 percent of 1,558 competitors—have each earned a spot as a finalist in the 65th annual Intel Science Talent Search. With some half-a-million dollars in scholarships hanging in the balance, the students' diverse science, math, and engineering projects will compete head-to-head in Washington, D.C., in March.
As in past years, New York produced more finalists than any other state did. A student from Idaho and another from Utah are the first finalists to represent their respective states in more than a decade.
Women make up 42.5 percent of the overall group.
"While as a nation we continue to struggle to improve science and math education, these students give us hope for our future," says Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif.
Intel sponsored the event, which is administered by Science Service, the publisher of Science News. Both organizations announced the finalists' names on Jan.