Horace Greeley Senior Named Intel Science Finalist

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Horace Greeley senior Jiayi Peng has been named a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. Photo Credit: Contributed

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Horace Greeley High School senior Jiayi Peng has been named a finalist for the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search

Peng, 17, is now one of 40 students remaining from  1,712 entrants in the Intel Search, widely considered the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition.

She was nominated for her work on a cellular automation model for critical dynamics in neuronal networks. The project helped her take home $50,000 last month as the No. 2 finisher in a 2012 Siemens competition in math, science and technology.

The 40 finalists will compete in Washington, D.C., from March 7 to 13 for $630,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

“This year’s Intel Science Talent Search finalists are presenting a wide range of research, from optimizing algae oil for biofuel to developing a new treatment for blood cancer,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. “It’s exciting for the future of innovation because the U.S. needs these 40 high school seniors, and others like them, to question, explore and help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

To grasp an idea of Yeng’s achievement, here are some fun Intel Science Talent Search 2013 facts:

  • The Intel Science Talent Search 2013 finalists are from 40 schools in 21 states.
  • Among the 40 finalists, there is an equal number of boys and girls. 
  • California and New York represent over 30 percent of this year’s finalists.
  • Finalist projects are distributed among 16 categories, including bio-engineering, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics and space science, behavioral and social sciences, and plant science.
  • The 40 finalists were narrowed down from 300 semifinalists and more than 1,700 entrants.

For a list of this year’s finalists, visit www.societyforscience.org/sts.

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