4:14 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Dulaney High School senior Lisa Ann Tang has been named as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition.
Tang is one of 11 students from Maryland named among 300 students selected nationwide. She is the only winner from Baltimore County.
The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop the skills needed to solve the problems of tomorrow. Tang's entry is entitled "Applying Tripartite Split GFP Complementation Technology to Study RAGE Interactions and Signaling."
As a semifinalist, Tang will be awarded $1,000, and Dulaney High School will receive $1,000 designated to support further excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Finalists are to be announced today. Those selected will be invited to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in final judging, display their work, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.
Pete Sykes, Tang's physics teacher who nominated her to the Intel Science Talent Search, said he is not surprised Tang received the recognition.
"In my years of teaching, she definitely is one of the most intelligent, well-rounded, and hardest working students I've come across," Sykes said. "Lisa Ann is deserving of any accolades that may come her way, for her grace and presence as much as for her academic achievements. She is a unique and special young woman who has a bright future. "
Alumni of Intel Science Talent Search have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.