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Apply for the Intel Science Talent Search

Over eight decades, more than 149,000 students from U.S. high schools in all 50 states and territories have completed independent science research projects and submitted entries.

Sign up to be notified when the Intel STS 2017 Application opens!

Over 2,900 finalists have received more than $13 million in awards to support their college educations, and thousands of semifinalists have received millions more.  Entrants receive digital badges in recognition of their successful completion of the application and can earn Student Initiative and Research Report Badges to signify particular skill or effort demonstrated in their applications.  

How to Apply:

You should begin by reading the Intel STS Rules and Entry Instructions to be certain that you and your research are eligible.  If your project involves the use of humans or animals, these projects require special approval prior to experimentation.  You should read the Rules and Entry Instructions thoroughly and contact SSP if you have any doubts or questions.

Next, we highly recommend that you open an application as soon as possible so you can view requirements.  Teachers, parents, and others are welcome to open accounts to view the application; please use "Test" as your last name to enable an accurate count of active student accounts.  We highly recommend requesting recommendations and sending school transcripts immediately, even before entering your basic information.

There are four components of the application:

Basic Information and Essay Questions - Applicants enter responses directly into the text boxes on the web pages of the application.

Document Uploads - Documents such as the research report, IRB summary, and IACUC approvals, where applicable, will be uploaded to the application as Word documents or pdfs.

Recommendations - Each student must request and receive at least one Project Recommendation, one High School Report, and one Educator Recommendation. These are three different recommendations with different questions on each. Students are allowed two additional recommendations of any of the three types, so that the total number of recommendations submitted will be between 3 and 5 for each applicant.

Transcripts - Applicants may mail their transcripts to SSP in hard copy form or ask their High School Report provider to upload a scanned copy to their High School Report.  In either case, the timely receipt of the transcript is the responsibility of the student. 

Sample Application 2016

This is NOT the actual application for Intel STS. The application for Intel STS is an online application that you can access here. This document is the PDF of the application responses that judges will see when they review entries. 

Important Dates:
November 4, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time - 2016 Transcript and Recommendation Due Date
All transcripts and recommendations should be received by SSP by this date and time.

November 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time -  2016 Technical Support Deadline
To submit a request for assistance to technical support, use the "Tech Support" link at the top of all application webpages. You will immediately receive an automated e-mail with a ticket number as evidence of having done so. Requests submitted prior to this date and time, having an email and a ticket number, are guaranteed a resolution before the Application Deadline. SSP cannot guarantee assistance for requests submitted after this date and time.

November 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time - 2016 Application Deadline
All parts of the application must be received by SSP by this date and time, including transcripts and recommendations.

Technical Support and Questions:

If you have technical difficulties, please submit a request to Technical Support using the link at the top of all internal application webpages. You will receive a case confirmation number as evidence of having done so and a response related to the request by the same time the next business day.  If you do not receive this message or if you have questions about the application itself or about rules, please contact SSP at sts@societyforscience.org.  All requests for assistance must be submitted prior to the Technical Support Deadline and have a case confirmation number in order to guarantee a resolution before the deadline passes.

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