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Intel STS (Science Talent Search)

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors.

For more than 70 years, students from high schools around the country have submitted independent research projects for the Science Talent Search.Intel STS, science research competition, high school senior science competition

Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse, and beginning in 1998 with Intel, the SSP has provided an unparalleled opportunity for young scientists to present original research.

In recent recent years the annual prize purse awarded to the finalists has exceeded one million dollars.  Though Intel provides the award money, the Science Talent Search is run by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting public interest in scientific research and education.

The unique requirement for this competition is that the student must imagine the question, design the experiment, obtain data, and arrive at conclusions independently. The research, however, can be performed with supervision.  Team projects are not allowed.

Many students work with supervising scientists at local universities, institutions, and science-related companies. Others perform their research on their own or through their school.

Upon completion of their research, students write a detailed research report and complete an application online, which includes student information, essay questions, requests for recommendations and more.

Interested students should carefully review the qualification rules, entry instructions and the timetable.  The initial deadline is usually around November 1st.

To learn more about the Intel STS and Society for Science & the Public (SSP), visit

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