Before he arrived at the nation’s top science fair competition last week, Herbert Mason Hedberg had already written four pages of a how-to guide on science fair strategies for fellow students at his high school in North Attleboro, Mass. But yesterday, after his research on potential cancer therapies won first prize and a $100,000 scholarship at the Intel Science Talent Search, Mr. Hedberg, a senior, could have easily added a new chapter to his guidebook.
Mr. Hedberg did his laboratory work during a summer internship at the biotechnology company where his father works. He wrote letters to doctors around the country asking for the human genes he needed for his research. Mr. Hedberg plans to be a physician and researcher, and he has been accepted into an eight-year medical program at Brown University.