South Florida Students Named Semifinalists in Intel Science Talent Search

A couple of South Florida high school students are making big waves in the world of science. The Intel Science Talent Search announced its semifinalists Wednesday for its annual competition. The list of 300 students includes one from Broward County and one from Miami-Dade County.

Simon Tsaoussis of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami was honored for his sophisticated work with something called “Two Transistor Ternary Random Access Memory.” You’ll have to ask him to explain what that means!

Nicole Odzer of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale made the list for her project on the “Toxicity of Naphthalene, a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon, on Porites divaricata: The effect of a Major Crude Oil Component on Corals Using a Novel Passive Dosing Technique.” In layman’s terms, she researched the harm done to coral by an oil spill.

The Intel Science Talent Search is organized and run by the Society for Science and the Public. It is billed as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition. For 75 years, high school students have been submitting their work to be judged in this forum. This year, 1,750 students entered the competition from 512 high schools.

Each semifinalist wins a $1,000 prize, and the student’s school is also awarded a matching gift of $1,000. In two weeks, the list of 300 will be culled down to 40 finalists.

Those finalists will be competing for over $1 million in prizes.

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