kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Local

Danville Teen Wins Intel Science Talent Search

View Comments
Evan O'Dorney of Danville, Calif., receives a trophy from Kenneth Lowe, President and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, after O'Dorney won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Evan O’Dorney of Danville, Calif., receives a trophy from Kenneth Lowe, President and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, after O’Dorney won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

DANVILLE (CBS SF) — A Danville high school senior received top honors in the Intel Science Talent Search Tuesday and was awarded $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project.

Evan O’Dorney, 17, bested 40 finalists in the competition that drew 1,744 entries to win the prize for his work comparing two ways to estimate the square root of an integer, according to a statement released by the Intel Corporation.

As a byproduct of his research, Evan, who apparently developed an early interest in math, solved other equations useful for encrypting data, the corporation said.

Evan was already exploring mathematics and checking math textbooks out of the library at two years old, according to Intel.

Two other California high school students—Selena Li, 17, of Fair Oaks, and Xiaoyu “Carrie” Cao, 17, of San Diego—were among the top 10 winners.

Including Evan’s top prize, the top 10 winners received $630,000 in awards. The remaining 30 finalists each received at least $7,500 in awards, and in total, the Intel Foundation awarded $1.25 million in the competition.

Of the 1,744 high school seniors who entered the competition this year, 300 were announced as semi-finalists in January. Those competitors were whittled down to 40 finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 10 awards.

The finalists also got to meet President Barack Obama.

This year’s finalists were from 15 states and represented 39 schools.

“The creativity and leadership of these 40 Intel Science Talent Search mathematicians and scientists holds tremendous potential to move our country forward,” Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said in a statement Tuesday.

Otellini said that identifying the common characteristics of these finalists would be the key to revitalizing math and science education nationwide.

The competition, which is a program of Society for Science & the Public, encourages students to explore how the world works and develop solutions for global challenges, according to Intel.

Other finalists’ projects studied disease transmission, cancer treatment, and improving efficiency in generating electricity using wind turbines, among other topics.

The nonprofit organization Society for Science & the Public has owned and administered the talent search since the competition began in 1942.

The teen is no stranger to winning major prizes. In January, he won the math contest “Who Wants To Be A Mathematician?” for the second year in a row.

And, in 2007, O’Dorney won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,836 other followers