Jennifer McCleary, senior at Arnold O. Beckman High School, was named one of 40 national finalists in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). McCleary’s research work was titled “Correcting the Bandgaps of Earth-Abundant Metal Oxides to Photocurrent Generation for Water Splitting Applications.

STS is a science competition that recognizes high school seniors for scientific research and their potential leadership abilities in the scientific community. It is an annual competition that attracts around 1,800 participants from American high schools.

Of the 1,800 applicants, 300 are selected as semifinalists, and the top 40 students are selected to visit Washington D.C. to compete for highest honors. Cash prizes are awarded starting from the semifinalists, with increasing rewards the further a student progresses in the competition.

McCleary and the other finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards provided by the Intel Foundation.

“The 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are some of the best and brightest young scientists in the nation,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News.

“As an alumna of the Science Talent Search, I am especially proud to join with Intel in congratulating the finalists on their successes and look forward to learning more about them and their research, both at the finals in March and as their careers progress.”

For a complete list of the 40 finalists, click here.