Two Massachusetts high school students made it into the finals of the Intel Science Talent Search 2013! A program of Society for Science & the Public, the talent search will culminate in an awards ceremony in March, where the 40 finalists — chosen from a field of more than 1,700 entrants — will compete for $63,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
Lexington High School student Surya Bhupatiraju’s project, “On the Complexity of the Marginal Satisfiability Problem,” propelled him to the finals of this year’s Intel Science Talent Search. Surya is no newcomer to science fair success. Along with his project partner, Hao Shen, he won a team first place at last year’s Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair for their research investigating the spread of the Influenza A virus. Surya went on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at MIT in 2012, where he won a Special Award from Agilent Technologies.
Jacob Johnson, a student at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, also made the cut at Intel STS 2013. The Boxborough resident’s project is entitled, “Integrative Genomic Analysis of a Mouse Model of Malignant Breast Cancer Reveals Crucial and Novel Cancer Drivers.” Like Surya, Jacob is a science fair veteran. His 2012 project, ” Novel Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis in Malignant Breast Cancer,” took first-place honors at the 2012 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair.
Jacob and Surya will join the other 38 finalists in Washington, D.C. for a week-long event from March 7-13. There, they’ll undergo a rigorous judging process and meet with national leaders. In past years, this has included a visit with the president of the United States, interaction with preeminent scientists and display of their research to the public at the National Geographic Society. Top winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12.
Intel has sponsored the Intel Science Talent Search for 15 years. Because Intel views education as the foundation for innovation, Intel and the Intel Foundation have invested more than $1 billion over the past decade, and Intel employees have donated close to 3 million hours toward improving education in more than 60 countries.