Santa Clara, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 13, 2007–Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Gabriel Mendoza, of El Paso, Tex., was the only Hispanic student among the 40 finalists from across the United States. He walked away with a $5,000 scholarship and new Intel(R) Centrino(R) Duo Mobile Technology-based notebook from the Intel Foundation. Gabriel’s project in zoology explored the dynamics and effects of transovarial transmission in West Nile Virus with a computer simulation model that he created.
More than 1,700 high school seniors nationwide entered Intel STS. Of those, 300 were chosen as semifinalists in January, and of these, 40 finalists were invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for the top 10 awards.
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who awarded the scholarships to the winning students at a gala in Washington, D.C. tonight, said, “For nearly 40 years, Intel has worked to encourage and develop new generations of innovators. When I meet young scientists like Gabriel and the other Intel STS finalists, I know that the future of American innovation is bright.”
Brenda Musilli, Intel’s Director of Education, said, “Intel has a particular interest in promoting math and science education among underserved minorities, and so we are thrilled to have Gabriel with us in Washington this week.”
STS is America’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition. Its alumni include six Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science winners, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and two Fields Medalists. Intel assumed the title sponsorship of Intel STS nearly a decade ago to spotlight the need to improve math and science education in the United States, increasing the competition’s annual awards and scholarships from $207,000 to $1.25 million. Since then, interest in Intel STS has risen significantly, with this year’s 1,705 entrants representing record participation for the Intel sponsorship.
Intel has long been committed to promoting math and science education, with an emphasis on women and underserved minorities. Today Intel invests more than $100 million annually to promote education and technological literacy around the world.
Science Service, the nonprofit organization which works to advance the understanding and appreciation of science, has administered the STS since its inception in 1942. Elizabeth Marincola, president of Science Service, said, “Intel STS finalists represent the future of American innovation in math, science, and engineering. Science Service is proud to join Intel in congratulating all of the Intel STS finalists on their accomplishments. Their dedication to scientific inquiry and discovery is inspirational.”
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