Historical Information: Intel STS Badging Criteria

The Science Talent Search was sponsored by Intel from 1998 – 2016.  Below is an explanation of the badging program at that time and the significance of badges awarded during those years.
In 2012-2013, Intel and Society for Science & the Public won a joint grant for $150,000 from the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, for the Intel SSP badge initiative. Learn more about the Mozilla Foundation's Open Badge Infrastructure initiative here.
The Intel SSP badge initiative featured SSP’s premier high school science competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), which reward independent scientific and engineering research. This grant enabled the development of badge systems to improve academic achievement, economic opportunity, civic engagement, and opportunities for lifelong learning. SSP will continue to provide digital badges to participants and volunteers of the Intel STS and Intel ISEF. In 2014, the effort will be expanded to include SSP-affiliated fairs.
Intel STS Badges
Completing an Intel STS application is not an easy task, but it is well worth the effort. In recognition of the time and energy successful Intel STS applicants put forth, all valid Intel STS entrants will receive an Intel STS Entrant Badge. This virtual badge will enable successful applicants to exhibit to peers, professional scientists, and universities the accomplishment of entering Intel STS. 
There are four other badges a succesful entrant might earn with their Intel STS entry:
  • Intel STS Student Initiative Badge
  • Intel STS Scientific Research Report Badge
  • Intel STS Semifinalist Badge
  • Intel STS Finalist Badge
Students who are not selected as semifinalists can still earn the Student Initiative and Scientific Research Report Badges by scoring well in those areas. Please note that the teacher of each successful applicant listed in their application will also receive an Intel STS Teacher of Entrant Badge!
To earn an Intel STS Entrant Badge, the following must be true of an entry:
  • The entrant must be an eligible entrant, according to the Rules and Entry Instructions.
  • All portions of the application must be submitted, not just completed, prior to the deadline.
  • The application must be completed thoroughly, at the high level expected of an Intel STS Entry.
  • Entries submitted without complete, thoughtful responses, as determined by Intel STS Evaluators, will not earn badges.
  • The entry must pass an originality check, which ensures that it accurately cites sources and does not claim the work of others. 

The following badges are earned through the evaluation and judging by professionals in the many scientific disciplines of the research being presented. 

Intel STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research. 

Intel STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant  who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in her or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her. 

Intel STS Semifinalist Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.  This designation is evidence of significant scientific creativity and scholastic aptitude. Colleges and universities have found that semifinalists are worthy of careful consideration by institutions seeking students who possess an active interest in scientific and scholarly research as well as superior academic ability.

Students who have been issued any of the above badges will receive an email with instructions on how to claim the badge. Claiming your badge is optional. You may also choose to display or keep your badge private once it is claimed.

If you have questions, please contact SSP.