Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Announced
For First Time in 66 Years, Equal Number of Male, Female Finalists Named
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 - Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.
Since the inception of the company in 1968, Intel Corporation has been committed to promoting math and science education. Today, through its foundation, Intel invests $100 million annually to promote education and technological literacy around the world. Intel assumed the title sponsorship of Intel STS in 1998, increasing the annual awards and scholarships from $207,000 to $1.25 million. Since then, interest in the competition has risen significantly. In fact, the 1,705 entrants in this year's competition represent record participation for the Intel sponsorship.
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett noted another milestone: "For the first time in the history of the competition, this year's finalists comprise an equal number of young men and women. It's heartening to see so many young women interested in Intel science and technology. Together these young women and men are poised to be the leaders of tomorrow." READ MORE...