Regeneron STS Winners
Congratulations to the Winners of the Regeneron Science Talent Search!
Forty finalists took home $1.8 million in awards on March 13 at the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Science Talent Search alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.
Benjy Firester, 18, of New York City, won the top award of $250,000 for his development of a mathematical model which predicts how disease data and weather patterns could spread spores of the “late blight” fungus that caused the Irish Potato Famine and still causes billions of dollars in crop damages annually.
Second place honors and $175,000 went to Natalia Orlovsky, 18, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania for her examination of the response of lung epithelial cells to fluids used in vaping, a practice promoted as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
Third place honors and $150,000 went to Isani Singh, 18, of Aurora, Colorado for her work towards determining that women with Turner Syndrome (TS), a genetic abnormality in which the second sex chromosome is missing, do have some cells with two X chromosomes.
Last year, Regeneron became only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search, with a 10-year, $100 million commitment. Regeneron is a company founded with the goal of transforming lives through science and its most important and social commitment has been to support the development of highly engaged, well-trained and innovative young thinkers.
Read a blog post on Medium about the finalists by George Yancopoulos, Founding Scientist, President, Regeneron Laboratories and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron; Science Talent Search 1976 Alum.
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