GREENWICH, Conn. – Stephen Le Breton, a senior at Greenwich High School, has been named one of 40 finalists in the nation for the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, the Society for Science and the Public announced in a press release Wednesday morning.
The program is part of the Society for Science and the Public and is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition.
Le Breton was selected from 300 semifinalists and more than 1,700 entrants from across the country. Finalists will compete in Washington, D.C., in March for $630,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to pursue ambitious scientific questions and develop skills to solve the problems of tomorrow. Participants are judged on their original scientific research and their achievement and leadership, inside and outside the classroom.
Le Breton's project is called " In Vivo : Regeneration of Tooth Enamel using an Innovative Hydrophilic Polymer-Coated Retainer."
Annie Zhang, also a Greenwich High Senior, advanced to the semifinal round with her project "Graphene Oxide as a Novel Biosensor in Targeted Delivery of Chemotherapy Drugs."
Both Le Breton and Zhang will be honored at 7 p.m. Thursday by the Greenwich Board of Education at its meeting at Glenville School.
In the past 72 years, Science Talent Search finalists have gone on to receive some of the world's most prestigious honors, including seven Nobel Prize winners, two Fields Medal winners, five National Medal of Science winners, 11 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winners and even an Academy Award winner for Best Actress.
Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. for a weeklong event from March 7-13, during which they’ll undergo a rigorous judging process and meet with national leaders. In past years, this has included a visit with the president of the United States, interaction with preeminent scientists and display of their research to the public at the National Geographic Society. Top winners will be announced March 12 at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum.