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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to questions commonly asked about the Regeneron Science Talent Search

Who is Society for Science & the Public?

Society for Science & the Public (the Society) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The Society has run the Science Talent Search for more than 7 decades, including the application process, judging, finalist week in Washington DC, processing awards, and keeping in touch with alumni. The Society works actively with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the generous title sponsor for the program beginning in 2016.  

Society for Science & the Public (the Society) has administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse, then with Intel Corporation 1998-2016, and now in partnership with Regeneron. The Society is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. 

Who can enter the Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS)?

Any student who is enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school in the US and its territories may apply. Also, students who are US citizens living abroad may qualify.  Please read the Rules and Entry Instructions for more information. Share this digital flyer with eligible students!

Can students who have completed team research enter Regeneron STS?

No. Applicants must complete individual research projects to enter Regeneron STS; research conducted as part of a pre-collegiate student team project is not eligible for Regeneron STS. This includes any research or portion of research regardless of whether it has or will be submitted to any competition. To remain eligible and collect Regeneron STS awards, the following statements must remain true about the submitted research project until June 1, 2020:

  • Students may not “split” a team project and enter it in Regeneron STS as individuals. Students also may not within the time between submission to the Regeneron STS in November 2019 and May 2020 combine individual research submitted to Regeneron STS and present it as team research in competition, publications, or any forum.
  • Research conducted alongside adult researchers in a research institution is permitted, but clarity and adequate acknowledgement of an individual’s role and independence vs. work being done by the collective laboratory throughout the application is vital. Consideration should be given to the extent to which the research qualifies as independent research, given the student and adult responsibilities.

Can students who have worked with scientist mentors or college students enter Regeneron STS?

Yes; these students are eligible to enter Regeneron STS, but in terms of judging, students should consider if the work is substantially their own. Judges understand that sometimes scientists cannot allow students to choose their own topic or sometimes the main part of a procedure is already known. Students should consider what portions of the research they can take credit for and if they believe it shows their potential as a scientist. Student researchers will also need to obtain permission from their mentors before submitting their research to Regeneron STS.

Can homeschooled students enter Regeneron STS?

Yes. Homeschooled students should contact the Society to have their school added to the high school lookup function, just as other new schools are added. They will also need to provide a document indicating what courses they have completed and their success in those courses, and submit that as a school transcript. Homeschool programs are not eligible to receive school awards, but may designate a non-profit or local school district to receive the award funds.

What is required of students prior to entering Regeneron STS?

Students perform independent science research at school, at a research institution, in the field, or at home. Frequently this research spans a year or more, but some students have completed research in as short as 6 months. They write a research report that would model a journal article explaining their experiments and conclusions.

How can I do research that would allow me to enter Regeneron STS?

We suggest you read our Science News for Students' Pathways to Research page to determine which pathway might be right for you. 

How should I begin?

Begin by reading the Rules and Entry Instructions to be certain that you and your project are eligible and that you get any prior approval required for projects involving humans and animals.

Next, open an application to view all the parts that are required. Request recommendations and send school transcripts as early as possible, even before beginning your portion of the application.

After completing your research, compose your research report, following the guidelines provided in the Research Report Instructions and in the application system. Upload your report, along with all the other requirements before the Application Deadline.

How are entries judged?

Entries are reviewed by three or more PhD scientists, mathematicians, or engineers in the subject area of the entry. Scholars and finalists are selected by the judges, using all available entry evidence, with greatest weight given to the Research Report. Judges are looking for students exhibiting exceptional research skills, a commitment to academics and their extracurricular pursuits, innovative thinking, and promise as a scientist. 

What Regeneron STS Awards are given?

All Regeneron STS entrants receive a t-shirt, laptop sticker and a one-year subscription to Science News magazine as recognition of their completion of the rigorous application, and to support and encourage their interests in scientific disciplines.

Three hundred scholars are awarded $2,000; with an additional $2,000 going to their high schools to support STEM education. The top 300 scholars will also receive an invitation to apply to Regeneron's summer internship program. All 40 finalists win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the Regeneron Science Talent Institute where they explain their research to some of the country’s top scientists and compete for the top 10 awards. The top award is $250,000.

Application related questions

  • The Regeneron STS 2020 application is now open until Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8pm ET.
  • To view a PDF containing this year’s application questions click here. Please note this document is intended for informational purposes only; entries are only accepted through the online application system.
  • To learn more about the specific troubleshooting issues with the application process, visit the application FAQ page.
  • 2020 Regeneron STS Application: Top 10 Things to Know

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