Springs teen wins $100K and first place in Intel Science Talent Search

By: Steve Wednesday March 13, 2013 0 comments Tags: algae, biofuel, Colorado Springs, Sara Volz, Wendy Hawkins

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COLORADO SPRINGS - Sara Volz, a 17-year-old Colorado Springs student, is the winner of a $100,000 award in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of the Society for Science and the Public.

Volz won first-place in the contest for her research of algae biofuels and how the oil content in algae could be increased to create an economically viable source of biofuel.

Volz used artificial selection to establish populations of algae cells with high-oil content, an essential aspect of economically feasible biofuel. Volz built a home lab under her loft bed, sleeping on the same light cycle as her algae.

Winning second place and $75,000 was Jonah Kallenbach, 17, of Ambler, Pa. and third place and $50,000 went to Adam Bowman, 17, of Brentwood, Tenn.

A total of $530,000 was awarded to the top 10 competitors.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation's oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition.

"The Intel Science Talent Search is an opportunity to reshape the dialogue around our nation's youth," said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation.

"We believe it's crucial to U.S. innovation to bring greater attention to math and science achievement, encourage more youth to embrace these fields, and demonstrate the impact these subjects have on our country's future success."

For more information, visit www.societyforscience.org.


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