CONTEST. The Science Talent Search (STS) started in 1942 as a partnership between the Westinghouse Foundation and Science Service. Intel Corporation was named the new title sponsor for STS during March 1998. This competition encourages talented high school students to look toward a career in science or engineering, the STS provides an incentive and an arena to complete a research project and have it recognized by a national jury of highly-regarded professional scientists. This competition is Americaās oldest and most highly regarded science contest for high school seniors. In 1998, scholarship awards for STS finalists totaled $205,000. Under Intelās sponsorship, a total of $330,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 1999. Alumni of the STS include holders of more than 100 of the worldās most coveted science and math honors. These include five Nobel Laureates, two Fields Medallists, three National Medal of Science winners, nine MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 56 Sloan Research Fellows, 30 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and four members of the National Academy of Engineering. Almost 2,000 high school students from all 50 states will accept the challenge of completing an entry for the Intel Science Talent Search. Three Hundred Semifinalists will gain special recognition from Science Service, Intel, and written notification to every accredited college and university in the United States. From these 300 Semifinalists, 40 students will be chosen to attend the Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC where students exhibit their research at the National Academy of Sciences and compete for the top prize of a $50,000 scholarship.