Intel Science Awards…sometimes inspiration comes from surprising places

Today the winners of the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search will be announced at a black tie gala in Washington DC. For the past week, 40 of the brightest young minds have been touring the capital and presenting on their research projects. Intel’s joined by the Society for Science and the Public in administering this prestigious program. You may have heard of it in years past as the Westinghouse awards…it’s been awarding scientific achievement to high school students since the 40’s, and multiple Nobel prize winners and Fields medalists (you may remember that from Good Will Hunting) have stopped here first for early recognition.

I recently got a chance to talk to Gabriela Farfan and Li Boyton, finalists in the Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (another place to find smart young scientists) about what inspired them to take on a research project at such a young age, what drove them to choose their specific research, and what they were doing recently in DC…you’ll be surprised by who they’ve been hanging out with.

After the interview was over and the tape had stopped rolling I told the young women something that I’ll now tell you…they truly were an inspiration to talk to. I hope they are to you as well – check it out here.

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