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Intel STS 2012 Top Three

Judging and Awards

The Evaluation and Judging Process


Intel STS applications are first checked for eligibility, including meeting the Application Deadline, qualifying as a contestant, and submitting independent and original work. Eligible Intel STS entrants are then evaluated and scored by three Ph.D. level scientists. Each qualified project is scored based upon the online application questions, the Research Report, and the overall scientific potential of the student.


The top 300 entries are named semifinalists and are then reviewed again by a panel of 15 distinguished scientists from a variety of disciplines. Each year in late January, from among the 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists are announced. Each finalist will attend the Intel Science Talent Institute in March in Washington, D.C. to compete for top awards.


The Intel Science Talent Institute: One Amazing Week


In March, the 40 finalists travel to Washington, DC for the Intel Science Talent Institute. While in Washington, finalists display and present their research to the public. Finalists explain their research to thousands of visitors, many of them important figures in the government and scientific communities, promoting independent, inquiry-based science research. Each year, younger, highly-motivated students who plan to enter the Intel Science Talent Search during their senior year are inspired at this public exhibition.


On the basis of interviews with the judging panel and presentation of their research, 9 top award winners are selected, including the top winners, who are provided with a $150,000 award.

Annual Awards of the Intel STS     

Semifinalist Awards

Each of the 300 students named a semifinalist in the Intel STS will receive a $1,000 award for their outstanding scientific research. These awards will be mailed to semifinalists in late spring, upon completion of required verification information.

School Awards

The Intel STS School Award recognizes excellence in teaching and school support of individual student research. Each school will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist named. The award is to contribute to excellence in science, math or engineering education at the recipient school. In the case of home schooling, the award will be given to an affiliated school or school district of the home school or a qualified designee, after consultation with the Intel STS program manager. The award will be mailed to the school in the spring upon completion of required verification information.

Finalist Awards

Starting in 2015, the Intel STS will offer three top awards of $150,000. Medals of Distinction will be provided for students who show exceptional scientific potential in three areas: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation. In addition, now three second place awards of $75,000 and three third place awards of $35,000 will be awarded in these areas.

  • Three First Place Awards:                  $150,000 each        
  • Three Second Place Awards:             $75,000 each          
  • Three Third Place Awards:                 $35,000 each          
  • Remaining Finalists:                                $7,500 each

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