Friends of NIDA Sponsor Award at Intel Science Fair

Three high school students were honored with the Addiction Sciences Awards from NIDA for the second year; this year co-funding their research. NIDA may be setting a trend that other NIH Institutes and Centers will follow to stimulate high school students to think about health sciences research.
In addition to organizing educational briefings on Capitol Hill, on May 14, the Friends of NIDA began reaching out to reinforce creativity in the next generation of addiction scientists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  This is the second year NIDA has participated in honoring three high school students with the Addiction Sciences Awards, but the first time that the Friends of NIDA has co-funded them.  Almost 1500 students from 50 countries participated in the fair, and NIDA may be setting a trend that other NIH Institutes and Centers will follow to stimulate high school students to think about health sciences research.  This year’s awardees covered diverse topics including the effect of third hand smoke on fruit fly larvae; the effect of methamphetamine on carnivore scavenging; and computer modeling of danger and tranquility in urban environments. APA Fellow Steve Hayes was among the judges at the Reno, Nevada event.