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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Robert Bacchus Jr., 17, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, is one of 300 students nationwide to be named an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist.
The Intel STS 2014 is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition, bringing together the best and brightest young scientific minds to compete for $1.25 million in scholarships. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award with an additional $1,000 going to his or her respective school, resulting in $600,000 total semifinalist awards.
This year's semifinalists were selected from 1,794 entrants representing 489 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and seven overseas schools. From this group of 300 Intel
STS 2014 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be chosen to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C. from March 6-12, 2014, as they compete for a top prize of $100,000. The young innovators chosen in the Science Talent Search have gone on to receive more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science.
Robert is one of only six Florida students selected to the 300-member pool. His research, officially entitled "Targeting 'CancAARS': A Novel Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Tumorigenesis," has made significant contributions towards effectively treating melanoma, the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.
Robert attributes his passion for research and innovation to his experiences as a young boy living in Jamaica, where he saw a pressing need for more effective and affordable health treatments.
To view semifinalists by state and see project titles: http://member.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=515.