I'm the Program Manager for the Intel Science Talent Search. There are many ways in which a student might approach research and end up applying to Intel STS. This is my suggestion...
1. Read through the rules and entry instructions to make sure you and your research will qualify, especially if you think you might do research with humans or animals
2. Determine what area of science you like. You could scan your science textbooks for topics that you liked and then ask your teacher what area if science it falls under. You could read a science magazine, such as Science News, and you'll see that the articles are categorized by subject area. You could also go to the Science News for Kids website... www.sciencenewsforkids.org. It's also a good idea to talk to family members, teachers, and friends who are science enthusiasts and ask about their favorite subject areas.
3a. To get involved in research, you could join an established summer program by searching on google or on our science training program website...
3b. Some students look at near-by universities and companies to find scientists in their favorite subject area, and they just pick up the phone and start calling to find out if anyone is willing to take a high school student.
3c. Your high school might offer a science research class. You could contact the teacher for that class, explain your interest, and discuss connections he or she may have with scientists who would be likely to accept a high school student.
3d. Make your home your lab. Some students read science magazines, journals, and books, order supplies online; and do their work in their basement, back yard, or garage. Please keep in mind the safety concerns that may exist, depending upon your research.
3e. Do research in the field. Visit your local wildlife sanctuary, zoo, recycling plant, skate park (yes, the kind with skate boards), water conservancy, race track, etc. Talk to the experts there about their observations and come up with some questions
4. Write a research report and complete the application for Intel STS. The online application for this year will be open by July 15th, so it would be a great idea to open an account and look at everything you'll need to provide.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society for Science & the Public, who runs the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Program and publishes Science News and Science News for Kids
· 8 years ago