The Science Talent Search is not your regular high school science fair. It’s a hard-core competition, with research done in cutting edge academic labs around the country.
Yesterday, President Obama signed a memo outlining his direction for the future of science. After that, the future of science walked through his office — the finalists of the annual Intel Science Talent Search. WHYY’s health and science reporter Kerry Grens spoke with one of the students in the competition.
The Science Talent Search is not your regular high school science fair. It’s a hard-core competition, with research done in cutting edge academic labs around the country. And a grand prize of $100,000. This year, just one student from Pennsylvania made the cut with 40 students to go to the final round in D.C. this week. Seventeen-year-old Janet Song is from Audubon. She worked at Drexel to develop a method to detect tumor DNA in urine.
Song: Why this is something that’s really important to do, is because currently we don’t have a lot of screening tests for a lot of different types of cancers. And then for the ones we do have, for example for colorectal cancer for colonoscopy, these tests are highly invasive and there’s a lot of risks associated with them. So many who should get these tests don’t.
Janet Song will find out this evening whether she won the competition.