Bay Area Students Finalists in Intel Science Talent Search

Three local students among 40 finalists for prestigious award.

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Barbara Buck-Phillips

The finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search were announced Wednesday morning and three bay area students made the cut.

  • Jin Pan - Gunn High School (Palo Alto)
  • Saurabh Sharan - Bellarmine College Preparatory School (San Jose)
  • Alissa Yuan Zhang - Saratoga High School (Saratoga)

They will all be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to present their work and meet with scientists. The 40 finalists are competing for more than $1.25M in awards and scholarships. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

Last year, Danville's Evan O'Dorney won the whole competition. His mathematics project compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the most prestigious pre-college science competition in the country. Every year about 1,600 high school seniors compete by submitting original science projects.

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