To gain research experience.
As a high school student, conducting research provides a valuable and unparalleled opportunity to prepare for future scholarship in these fields in college by gaining the skills necessary for research. By going through the process of creating your own research project and getting feedback you will already be a step ahead of your peers. Additionally, delving deeper into a topic you are passionate about will increase your expertise in that specific area of interest, and potentially help you decide what you are interested in pursuing in the future.
To receive recognition for your research.
Finalists will be chosen based on the judging criteria and will be asked to attend a conference in San Diego to present their work to distinguished judges. From those finalists, the judges will select a winner and runner up that will win a cash prize of $500 and $250, respectively.