Canyon Crest Academy teen scientist Eric Chen won the $100,000 award from the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition. Eric was selected out of 40 finalists invited to present their projects in Washington, DC, last week.
Eric’s research could lead to a new class of drugs to control influenza outbreaks during a pandemic. Eric has earned $250,000 in prize money over the past year in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, and the grand prize in the international Google Science Fair.
Eric and other finalists from across the country took home awards totaling $630,000. They also had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.
Eric joins the ranks of other Science Talent Search alumni who, over the past 73 years, have gone on to win eight Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for best actress (Natalie Portman).
“Society for Science & the Public proudly joins Intel in congratulating Eric Chen for his impressive research toward potential new drugs for influenza,” said Rick Bates, interim CEO and chief advancement officer of SSP. “By linking technology and science to the problems of the world they see around them, Eric and all the Intel STS finalists are tomorrow’s problem solvers.”