Wednesday March 13, 2013

17 Year Old Girl Wins $100,000 Award from the Intel Foundation

Innovation, from improving robot navigation to advancing treatment for breast cancer, is thriving today in the nation's capital. Honoring high school seniors with exceptional promise in math and science, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) recognized the winners of what is considered the nation's most elite and demanding high school research competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.

Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for her research of algae biofuels. Algae produces oil that can be converted into a sustainable, renewable fuel; however, the fuel can be costly. Sara used artificial selection to establish populations of algae cells with high oil content, which are essential for an economically feasible biofuel. Sara, who built a home lab under her loft bed, sleeps on the same light cycle as her algae.

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