Shannon Babb, 18, of Highland, Utah, has won the top prize in the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search. This annual competition awards scholarships to American high school students who complete outstanding scinece projects. Babb's project studied the effects of human and animal behavior in a river drainage system, and made recommendations for reducing pollution and runoff. She has been awarded a $100,000 scholarship.
A total of 30 students won scholarship prizes,totalling over half a million dollars. A list of the other winning projects is here.
The competition has been held for the past 65 years. (Intel has sponsored it since 1998.) Past winners have gone on to claim six Nobel Prizes.
The deadline for entering next year's competition is November 15, 2006. Rules and entry form will be available in the late Spring 2006.