Intel Science Talent Search is a competition in which high school students compete for the distinction of best junior scientist in the United States of America. It is entered mostly be New York and California students and recieves an average of 1500 applicants per year.

In mid January semifinalists are chosen. These are the top 300 entrants. Then at the end of January, finalists are picked and sent to Washington D.C. to present oral presentations. These are then judged and a winner is chosen. The winner recieves a large scholarship.

Intel is seen as a great distinction. In some areas, such as Long Island, New York it is even considered common place. Most states do not have active science research programs.