Staples High School seniors Yuri Lenskiy, Rachel Myers and Josh Greenberg have been selected as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Lenskiy's project is titled "Modeling an Optimal Receiver for a Binary Quantum Channel Using Information Theory" and quantifies computational aspects of a quantum computer.

Myers' project is titled "Computational Investigation of Astrophysical Nuclear Reaction Rate Dominance" and models the formation of heavy elements in the interiors of high-mass stars.

Greenberg's project is titled "An Approach to Treating Sensorineural Hearing Loss through the Identification and Characterization of Mechanosensory Hair Cell Progenitors in the Zebrafish Lateral Line" and focuses on the regeneration of hair cells.

This year, 300 students were selected as semifinalists from 1,744 applicants. Forty student finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., later this month to participate in final judging, display their work to the public and to compete for the top award of $100,000.