Intel Science Talent Search

Maximum Award: 
High school seniors

This program is no longer being offered.


The Intel Science Talent Search is a prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.  Every year about 1600 to 1700 students submit original research to be reviewed by a jury of professional scientists. 300 students are chosen as Semifinalists and 40 are chosen as Finalists. Be aware that the Transcript and Recommendation Due Date is November 4, 2015.

Past winners have distinguished themselves in both math and science.  They have earned many of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes, three National Medals of Science and two Fields Medals. In addition, eleven have received the MacArthur Fellowship (sometimes known as "genius grants").

Each year, Intel STS Semifinalists and Finalists compete for $1.25 million in awards.



1. a. Any student who is enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school (public, private, parochial, or home school) in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake and Midway Islands, or the Marianas; or
    b. Any United States citizen enrolled in his or her senior or 12th grade year of secondary school attending:
       i. a Department of Defense Dependents School or an accredited overseas American or International School; or
       ii. a foreign school as an exchange student; or
       iii. a foreign school because his/her parent(s) are temporarily working and living abroad.
       Proof of citizenship is required for 1 b (above).
2. Entrants must be completing high school courses required for college applications and must not have entered any previous STS.
3. Sons and daughters of Society for Science & the Public employees, Trustees, Intel Science Talent Search evaluators or judges are not eligible to enter the Intel Science Talent Search.
4. Only one entry per student.