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Regeneron Science Talent Search 2019 finalists showcase their projects at National Geographic Society

2:50PM, March 10, 2019
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On March 10, finalists in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search displayed their research projects at the National Geographic Society. Educators, alumni of the Society’s competitions, as well as families in the DMV area had the opportunity to learn about all types of STEM fields. The projects ranged from a more effective flu vaccine to removing carcinogens from water and soil supplies. We had the opportunity to talk to a few of them.

Anjali Chadha, 17, of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, had a project that explores ways to remove arsenic in groundwater. She built a device that can monitor levels of arsenic in water over time and across  bodies of water. Being from Kentucky, a big coal mining state, she has experienced the problems that come along with arsenic deposits and arsenic contamination. “I’ve noticed in my state there is a lack of funding and a lack of up-to-date technology. They were really in need of some help, so I wanted to find a better solution than what already exists.”

Ahmad Perez, 17, of Brentwood High School focused his research on protecting valuable salt marshes from the ravages of storms and other inclement weather patterns. Salt marshes, the coastal grasslands flooded by seawaters, can often serve to protect shorelines from erosion. This type of damage is both costly and detrimental to surrounding ecosystems. Ahmad has found that when biopolymers, such as Xanthan and Guar Gum, are applied to salt marshes, they can prevent erosion. Ahmad is most proud to represent his city of Brentwood, New York, which has not seen a scholar in seven years and has never had a finalist. Though his community has been riddled with gang violence, Ahmad hopes that he can be an example of how hard work and STEM education can pay off. He hopes that his fellow classmates become STS finalists like he has.

Justin Schiavo, 18, of Roslyn High School in Roslyn, New York, an aspiring rocket scientist, wanted to make space travel more accessible to the general public. Through his project, he created a hybrid rocket engine which can be constructed through materials you can find in a hardware store. This hybrid engine doesn’t produce much thrust, so Justin experimented with different types of nozzles in an effort to increase the thrust. “When it comes to science, it can be applied to almost any conversation,” said Justin. “I think of science as a way to not only expand our knowledge but also to bring people together.”

Rachel Seevers, 17, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, set out to design a “virtual winglet” which is a targeted, high lift device which can improve the efficiency and safety of a commercial aircraft. Her design will reduce the drag and carbon emissions of an aircraft while, at the same time, increasing the lift making for a safer and more fuel-efficient flight. She hopes to apply her invention to military fighter jets as her virtual winglet can be toggled on or off when a fighter pilot must choose between maneuverability or stability. Her design is an alternative to a physical winglet, which cannot be maneuvered. Rachel recently shared her research at the National Symposium for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. “I was invited, as a high school student to present my research in front of hundreds of pilots in the air force and the navy and in front of the people who my work could directly impact,” said Rachel.

These are just some of the exciting projects this year. Be sure to tune into the Facebook Live of the Gala on March 12 at the National Building Museum where we’ll learn who the winners are this year!

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12:29pm, March 7, 2019

As a three-year old toddler, Indrani Das (STS 2017) had already heard about the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Her parents told her she could try submitting her fossil findings to the competition after observing her love of dinosaurs and discovery. So she did – quite a few years later.

4:20pm, March 5, 2019
Science News’ Digital Director Kate Travis has been selected to participate in the spring cohort of the Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism education. This is the sixth year the organization has offered this highly competitive leadership training.
4:14pm, March 1, 2019
Since 1901, the Nobel Prizes have been presented to Laureates in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature on Dec. 10, the death anniversary of Swedish polymath, Alfred Nobel. These individuals have made tremendous strides in their areas of expertise and have enlightened the next generation with their bodies of work. The Society is invited each year to name three International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) winners to represent the US at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS), giving students access to the Nobel activities
The Nobel museum located in Stockholm, Sweden
3:23pm, February 27, 2019

What is a nine-letter word, beginning with a “v” that describes someone who makes puzzles their passion from a young age? Visionary! That is Science Talent Search alum Wei-Hwa Huang (STS 1993): American Puzzler, regular contributor to logic puzzles published by the New York Times and game designer of such award-winning gems as Roll for the Galaxy.

3:16pm, February 22, 2019

For many, a dorm room fund was the jar of change they saved in college to put towards pizza on the weekends. But, Society alumni, Amber Yang (ISEF 2017, Regeneron STS 2017) and Amol Punjabi (STS 2016, ISEF 2015, BCM 2011), are involved in a different Dorm Room Fund (DRF) — this one’s a venture capital firm founded by students, for students.

3:01pm, February 12, 2019

Devon Riter was named a Society Advocate in May 2018. Two months later, his organization, Lower Brule Research, also secured a STEM Action Grant of $5,000, another program of the Society, dedicating more time, training and resources to encourage Native American students to enter STEM fields. Both programs aim to bolster STEM education and increase participation among underrepresented populations.

2:23pm, February 11, 2019

In celebration of National Inventor’s Day, the Society for Science & the Public today announced that The Lemelson Foundation, an organization committed to improving lives through invention, will give a three-year grant of more than $440,000 to celebrate outstanding middle school inventors and inspire young people to pursue inventive careers.

2:04pm, January 23, 2019

Forty of the nation’s most brilliant young scientists named finalists in Regeneron Science Talent Search

On January 23, 2019, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Society for Science & the Public named 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

12:20pm, January 15, 2019

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,964 applications received from over 600 high schools. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. Naturally, this diversity would lead to varied skills and talents, both in STEM fields and in other areas. The scholars are amazing researchers, athletes, musicians and leaders, and have a few hidden talents, too. Let’s take a look at a few.

3:57pm, January 11, 2019

The participants at this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s premiere science competition, come from hundreds of schools, dozens of states and have thousands of hours of scientific research and study between them. The 300 scholars were determined from an applicant pool of nearly 2,000 students. The numbers are abound. Here are a few more statistics concerning the 2019 Regeneron STS Scholars.

47% percent of scholars are female and 49% are male

188 scholars are involved in athletics

142 scholars play a musical instrument

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