A research-based science competition for high school seniors, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is one of the most prestigious and competitive science competitions in the US, featuring original research from some of the top students in the country. Eight winners/finalists have gone on to win Nobel prizes.
Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, the Society for Science and the Public has provided a national stage for the country’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists. Only twelve individuals are called as judges, with three new judges invited each year. Bala Ambati, MD, PhD, MBA, was selected based on his extraordinary career as a researcher and a physician, and his dedication to mentoring the next generation of scientists.
Encouraging a Brighter Future
Dr. Ambati holds the distinction of being the youngest person to graduate from medical school at seventeen. In twelfth grade he was a semifinalist in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now the Intel STS), and a Grand Award winner at the International Science & Engineering Fair. He is adamant about encouraging American students to pursue and succeed in science. “American students are not as active in pursuing science as past generations” he notes. “More than half of science PhDs are completed by foreign students. Anything that we can do to slowly shift the US culture and encourage young minds to pursue science and research increases hope for a brighter future.
“The SSP is a top-notch organization that has been dedicated for over sixty years to identifying and promoting talented young scientists. It is staffed by smart, selfless, and dedicated individuals for whom I have the greatest respect. The STS is truly an annual showcase of ‘America’s Real Dream Team.’” Finalists in the STS competition will be announced on January 22, 2014 and a public exhibition of projects at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, takes place on March 9, 2014.
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