Regeneron Science Talent Search
The Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and the Intel Science Talent Search), or simply the STS, is the USA's oldest science competition and most prestigious high school research competition, begun in 1942, with a top prize of a $250,000 scholarship.
Approximately 2000 American high school seniors enter Regeneron STS annually with independent research projects on various sciences. 300 semifinalists/scholars are selected, and then 40 finalists.
The prizes for the finalists are:
- Finals week in Washington, D.C., also known as the Science Talent Institute.
- Part of the finals week includes additional judging sessions to determine top 10 winners.
- A chance to interact with famous modern scientists.
- A chance to display research at the National Academy of Sciences.
- An opportunity to meet with government officials, such as members of Congress and the President of the United States (POTUS).
The first place winner of STS is awarded a $250,000 four-year scholarship. The second place winner receives $175,000, and the third place winner $150,000. The fourth through tenth place winners each receive descending amounts until $40,000.