WHS students 2013 Intel Science Talent Search finalists

Wayzata High School seniors Jenny Lai and Roy Zhao were named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.

The duo were among 300 semifinalists out of a field of more than 1,700 students from 190 high schools in more than 30 states and one American high school located overseas. Neither student was among the 40 finalists named on Jan. 23.

Lai’s prgoject was “Development of an ELISA Prototype to Detect the Presence of Novel Peptide TUF1 in Serum and its Role in Stress Management.”

Zhao’s project was “New Models for HIV Latency.”

The Intel Science Talent Search is one of the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competitions. Alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science.

The competition recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year to compete for $1.25 million in awards. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $100,000. T