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Forty of the Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists Named Finalists in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018

3:50PM, January 23, 2018
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Regeneron and Society for Science & the Public today named 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The competition, known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search from 1942-1997 and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016, is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. Alumni have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, found top science-based companies and invent groundbreaking new medical treatments.

Finalists were selected from a pool of highly qualified entrants based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders. The finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14, where they will undergo a rigorous judging process and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. 

They will also have the opportunity to interact with leading scientists, meet with members of Congress and display their projects to the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. The finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13.

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

  • The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states. Just to be an entrant in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, students must have completed an original research project and extensive application process. Students who undertake this process are recognized for their dedication to the pursuit of STEM fields.
  • Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.
  • Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population. 
2:29pm, January 11, 2018
In addition to being among the nation’s top students in STEM, the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 scholars have a variety of hobbies and interests! Now you can learn more about the 300 students named as this year’s scholars in the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017 finalists at the awards gala.
12:30pm, January 9, 2018

Today we are thrilled to announce the 2018 Top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

4:42pm, January 3, 2018

Completing an application for the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors, is no easy task! All students who applied to Regeneron STS 2018 should be proud.

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The Intel ISEF 2017 finalists and other young scientists traveled on a boat during the Nobel festivities in Stockholm.It's not every day that a college freshman gets to dine with Nobel Laureates.

1:08pm, December 19, 2017

At times, science research projects can be challenging. That’s where the Society for Science & the Public’s Advocate Grant Program comes in. The program helps mentors guide a group of three to five underrepresented students as they complete science research projects and apply to participate in science competitions.

A student works on her scientific research.
11:54am, December 8, 2017

We've seen some incredible teen scientists in 2017. This year, Science News for Students(SNS) reported on student scientists who are inventing better ways to detect blood type, buoys to alert swimmers of deadly rip tides, and more.

12:02pm, December 7, 2017

What does it mean to be a young woman in STEM? For some of the Society for Science & the Public alumni, it might mean going out in the field to study glaciers. For others it might mean encouraging other young girls to code or enter computer science. It means being an Olympic athlete and biology professor. It means having the power to change the world.

Below, read stories about incredible women in STEM.

2:23pm, December 6, 2017

The Society for Science & the Public is constantly crossing paths with talented young scientists. These STEM superstars are solving problems facing our world and delving into important research that will further our scientific knowledge.

Below, check out a sampling of some of our favorite stories from this year about young science innovators.

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