Chemistry is an ancient, traditional basic science as well as a central subject. The development of the subject has not only brought us the basic theories on chemical bond and chemical reaction but also led to tens of thousands of new substances, making a great contribution to the scientific advancement and social life of human beings.

Founded in 2008 by the master mathematician Prof. Shing-Tung Yau, the S.-T. Yau High School Science Award inspires scientific innovations and is designed for high school students all over the world. Advocating innovative thinking and collaborative spirits, the Award dispenses with paper-delivered test format or standardized test answers and instead gives students the opportunity to participate by submitting academic papers. The Award aims at promoting the development of science education in high schools, stimulating students’ research interests and innovative capabilities, as well as discovering and cultivating young talents in scientific disciplines.


  • Stimulate students’ interest in chemical research among high school students

  • Encourage innovation in chemical thinking among high school students

  • Cultivate young chemistry talents

  • Encourage discussion between high school teachers and university professors