Shannon Babb put her brains to good use. The 18 year old Utah native won the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search. She beat out 1,600 students for the grand prize–a $100,000 college scholarship.
Babb’s project focused on water quality. She studied animal and human behavior along the Spanish Fork river. After collecting six months of data, she came up with ways to change environmental conditions including the reduction of pollution runoff. Runoff affected the river as well as local ponds. She also identified behavorial changes that people could incorporate into their daily lives.
The American Fork High School senior finds herself in good company. The award has been handed out for the last 65 years. In the period, winners have gone on to earn accolades in the field of Science. Six of them went on to win Nobel Prizes.