Samuel Zbarsky, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, was named one of 40 national finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.
He was recognized for his research project, called “On Improved Bounds for Bounded Degree Spanning Trees for Points in Arbitrary Dimension,” and is the only student in the state of Maryland to be named a finalist.
The Intel Science Talent Search is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. High school seniors from across the nation submitted independent research projects in science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science for the Talent Search.
They will compete for college scholarships totaling more than $600,000, including the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation, in the Intel Science Talent Institute from March 7 to 13 in Washington, D.C.. The top winners will be announced at an award ceremony March 12.
Zbarsky is one of eight semifinalists in Montgomery County Public Schools this year, five of them from Montgomery Blair High School. Two are from Poolesville High School and one from Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville.
Each of the semifinalists receives a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding research. Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support, the three schools will receive $1,000 for each semifinalist, which will be used to further excellence in science, math and engineering education.