Student Named Intel Award Semifinalist

A student at Naperville North School is a semifinalist for one of the country’s most prestigious pre-college science competitions.

Senior Claire Liu is one of 300 semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, which honors the best and brightest young minds across the U.S.

She won the honor for her research on how sunlight energy is converted into electricity at the molecular level and how that process could be made more efficient.

“By doing that you could make solar cells more efficient and that could move our society towards solar energy,” said Liu.

Liu summarized her findings in a 20-page research paper that she submitted for the science talent search.

She and the other semifinalists received $1,000 from the Intel foundation with an additional grand going to their schools, and were picked from roughly 1,800 applicants.

“Just being recognized for the work that I did I guess is really cool because it’s never happened to me before,” said Liu.

40 finalists were soon be selected for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Where they will then compete for a top prize of $100,000,followed by second and third-place prizes of $75,000 and $50,000.

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