Student Scientist Named Semifinalist
CHS senior Peter C. was recently named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America's oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Over 1,700 students entered the competition from across the U.S., District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four overseas schools. Through this contest, students are able to present their original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
Peter entered his research project entitled Probing Interactions of Molecular Solutes in Ionic Liquids. He summarized the purpose of his project.
“The project dealt with room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), liquids which hold much promise due their customizability. By determining whether the RTIL experiences attraction or repulsion with given molecular solutes, the RTIL's structure was examined. This was accomplished by measuring the volume of each molecule-RTIL mixture under various temperatures and concentrations of the molecular solutes. The experiment was significant because knowledge of the RTIL's structure is crucial to unlocking their potential.”
Peter's research earned him a place as one of 300 semifinalists, one of only 20 from Texas. As a semifinalist, he and Coppell High School will each receive $1,000, which CHS will contribute to excellence in education in the fields of science, math and engineering.
The Intel STS encourages talented U.S. high school seniors to pursue independent research in science, math, engineering, and medicine. Since the contest began in 1942, more than 130,000 students from high schools in all 50 states and territories have completed independent science research projects and submitted entries. Alumni of the Intel STS include holders of more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors.
For more information about the Intel Science Talent Search, visit http://www.societyforscience.org/sts.