High school senior year. This phrase means different things to different people. For some, it’s a memory of the past – for others (ahem), a not so distant memory. For others still, it’s a year that many look forward to with longing, when SATs and ACTs and college applications will all be done. And for those of you who are just entering your final year of high school this fall, senior year can mean a world of opportunity.
Today marks the opening day for submissions to the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, and a program of the Society for Science & the Public.
Just think – you could be one of 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists, representing the brightest and most innovative young scientists in the United States. Did we mention the all expenses paid week-long trip to Washington, D.C., a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money – and maybe even a meeting with the President!?
Last year’s top winner, Sara Volz, won the top award of $100,000 for her research of algae biofuels. Sara used artificial selection to establish populations of algae cells with high oil content, which are essential for an economically feasible biofuel. Sara, who built a home lab under her loft bed, sleeps on the same light cycle as her algae.
Who will this year’s most promising young scientists be?
Full details are available on the SSP website.