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  • Intel STS 2014 top winners announced March 11, 2014!
  • Applications now open through June 18
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SSP's newest science education website is a one-stop shop for helping students learn, conduct independent research and take part in the world's top science competitions. 
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Wily bacteria create ‘zombie’ plants
Scientists have discovered how some plant pathogens ensure their own survival by transforming flowering plants into strictly leaf-producing ones. These green ‘zombies’ attract insects that the...
By Esther Landhuis, 08:16 AM April 23, 2014
Dead star makes a lens for its companion
Much like the lens on a camera, the intense gravity of a newfound white dwarf bends light. In this case, it is distorting light emitted by the star it orbits.
By Christopher Crockett, 09:15 AM April 22, 2014
One plus to wearing stripes
A zebra’s black-and-white coat doesn’t offer cooling or camouflage, researchers find. Instead, its stripes appear to keep away biting flies — and deadly diseases.
By Stephen Ornes, 09:15 AM April 21, 2014
Loneliness can breed disease
Everyone experiences loneliness from time to time. But when allowed to persist, loneliness can damage your health and steal years from your life.
By Hugh Westrup, 08:09 AM April 19, 2014
Explainer: Tips for overcoming loneliness
This assortment of tips can help overcome loneliness. The approach focuses on changing — for the better — those ways in which you and others interact.
By Hugh Westrup, 08:08 AM April 19, 2014

Intel STS 2014 Top Winners Announced

Eric Chen of San Diego, CA wins top award of $100,000

Eric S. Chen, 17, of San Diego, CA won the top award of $100,000 at the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 for his research of potential new drugs to treat influenza. His interdisciplinary approach combined computer modeling with structural studies and biological validation, with a focus on drugs that inhibit endonuclease.

Second place and $75,000 went to Kevin Lee of Irvine, CA who developed a faster and computationally efficient mathematical model to describe the shape of the heart as it beats using the principles of fluid mechanics.

Third place and $50,000 went to William Henry Kuszmaul of Lexington, MA, who developed a new approach to the mathematics of modular enumeration with applications to a wide number of problems in computer science, bioinformatics and computational biology.

Read the press release for more information about the top ten winners!


The national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors.  Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

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