Intel Science Talent Search
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), known for its first 57 years as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, is a research-based science competition in the United States for high school seniors. It has been referred to as "the nation's oldest and most prestigious"  science competition. In his speech at the dinner honoring the 1991 Winners, President George H. W. Bush called the competition the "Super Bowl of science."
The Society for Science & the Public began the competition in 1942 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation; for many years, the competition was known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. In 1998, Intel became the sponsor after it outbid several other companies. Over the years, some 147,000 students have entered the competition. Over 22,000 have been named semifinalists and 2,920 have traveled to Washington, D.C., as contest finalists. Collectively, they have received millions of dollars in scholarships and gone on, in later years, to capture Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals, MacArthur Fellowships and numerous other accolades.
|Basic Research Medal||$150,000|
|Global Good Medal||$150,000|
|Second place (3 awards)||$75,000|
|Third place (3 awards)||$35,000|
Entrants to the competition conduct original research—sometimes at home and sometimes by "working with leading research teams at universities, hospitals and private laboratories." The selection process is highly competitive, and besides the research paper, letters of recommendation, essays, test scores, extracurricular activities, and high school transcripts may be factored in the selection of finalists and winners.
Each year, approximately 1,700 papers are submitted. The top 300 applicants are announced in mid-January with each Semifinalist and their school receiving $1,000. In late January, the 40 Finalists (the award winners) are informed. In March, the Finalists are flown to Washington, D.C. where they are interviewed for the top ten spots, which have awards ranging from $35,000 to $150,000 for the medal winners. The judges have included Glenn T. Seaborg (Nobel Laureate with Edwin M. McMillan in Chemistry, 1951) and Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. (Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1993). All Finalists receive awards of at least $7,500.
Many Finalists and winners have gone on to receive higher honors in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Eight went on to receive Nobel Prizes, two earned the Fields Medal, five have been awarded the National Medal of Science, twelve received MacArthur Fellowships; 56 have been named Sloan Research Fellows; 30 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences; and five have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
High Schools with the Most Winners
Since Intel took over sponsorship of the Science Talent Search in 1998, several schools have consistently produced a large number of semifinalists and finalists. Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD and Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY have produced the most winners over this time period and are the only schools averaging more than 10 semifinalists each year and more than 1 finalist each year.
Ten schools, all of which are public schools (Stuyvesant High School, Montgomery Blair High School, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Ward Melville High School, Bronx High School of Science, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Byram Hills High School, Jericho High School, Great Neck North High School, and Great Neck South High School), have had semifinalists in every year that Intel has sponsored the competition.
|Semifinalists by School Each Year (1999-2015)|
|Bergen County Academies||0||1||1||1||1||0||2||0||2||2||2||7||6||2||7||7||8|
|John F. Kennedy||1||0||0||1||0||4||5||4||6||2||1||3||1||3||1||3||3|
|Great Neck North||3||3||10||6||3||6||4||3||4||2||1||3||3||3||3||3||2|
|Great Neck South||4||1||3||4||4||1||3||4||3||1||1||1||2||3||2||2||2|
|Paul D. Schreiber||8||9||3||2||8||8||5||8||6||6||3||4||3||3||2||3||1|
|Finalists by School Each Year (1999-2015)|
|Great Neck North||0||0||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Paul D. Schreiber||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bergen County Academies||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||2||1|
|Great Neck South||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|John F. Kennedy||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
List of Prominent Individuals who were Past Finalists
- "Finalists Named in 57th Annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search" (Press release). PR Newswire. January 26, 1998. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- Ramírez, Eddy (February 1, 2008). "Stuyvesant High School Students Ace the Intel Competition". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- Huler, Scott (April 15, 1991). "Nurturing Science's Young Elite: Westinghouse Talent Search". The Scientist. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- "Intel Corp. To Sponsor Annual Science Contest". Education Weekly. 1 April 1998.
- "Science Talent Search Alumni Honors". https://student.societyforscience.org/alumni-honors. Society for Science and the Public.
- "Intel Science Talent Search Triples Top Award Amounts For 2015". Society for Science and the Public. 18 November 2014.
- "Science Talent Search Past Results". Internet Wayback Machine: Society for Science & the Public. 1999–2007.
- "Past STS Results". Society for Science & the Public. 2006–2009. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Science Talent Search Through the Years". Society for Science & the Public. 2004–2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- "Intel STS 2015 Semifinalists". Society for Science & the Public. 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- "Intel STS 2015 Finalists". Society for Science & the Public. 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "Science Talent Search Through the Years". Society for Science & the Public.