Five seniors from the Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI have been named semi-finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search. The five local teens, all from Shrewsbury or Northborough, were chosen from among a field of 1,750 entrants from 512 high schools in 43 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and six American and international high schools overseas, according to the ISTS. There are 300 semi-finalists, each of whom receive $1,000, as do their high schools.
Founded in 1942, the ISTS, under the aegis of the Society for Science and the Public (SSP), is the oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors in the country. From its inception until 1998, the competition’s corporate sponsor was Westinghouse; since then, Intel has played that role.
The ISTS recognizes and celebrates “the most promising young scientists in the United States who are creating the technologies and solutions that will positively impact people’s lives,” say the organizers.
Forty of the 300 semi-finalists are to be selected as finalists today. Finalists spend a week in Washington D.C. in March, competing for a number of awards that total $1 million. They include three Medals of Distinction in Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation, each carrying a prize of $150,000. In addition, there are three second-place awards at $75,000 each and three third-place awards at $35,000 each.