SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 —— Today 300 teens may well be on the road to becoming tomorrow’s elite scientists as they have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Often considered the ‘junior Nobel Prize,’ the Intel STS is America’s oldest, most highly regarded pre—college science competition and heir to more than six decades of science excellence. A list of the semifinalists is available at a

The Intel Foundation will award $1,000 to each semifinalist with a matching amount going to their schools. Intel implemented the school award in 2000 and since then has contributed more than $2 million to help improve math and science in U.S. high schools.

‘Intel is committed to encouraging and showcasing America’s brightest young scientists,’ stated Brenda Musilli, Intel director of education. Commenting on the significance of the student’s achievements, Musilli noted, ‘Becoming an Intel STS semifinalist shows the world that this teen has exceptional promise and has the potential to become one of tomorrow’s great scientists.’

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