Society for Science & the Public announced the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Among the list of prestigious scholars were four Greenwich High School seniors.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and eight countries. According to the competition program, "Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists and hail from 192 American and international high schools in 39 states and Guam." All scholars will be awarded $2,000.
Greenwich High School Scholars:
- Cynthia Chen
Project Title: A Green Nanotechnological Approach for Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Tungsten-doped Vanadium Dioxide Thermochromic Smart Windows
- Hiba Hussain
Project Title: Non-invasive, Low-Cost Diagnosis of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) via Smartphone Breath Analysis
- Raina Jain
Project Title: Control of Varroa destructor Infestation with a Dual-Function Thymol Emitting Honey Bee Hive Entranceway
- Justin Speaker
Project Title: Design of a Riboflavin-Enhanced Ultraviolet Contact Lens Disinfection System
Greenwich High School Science Teacher and Research Advisor, Mr. Andrew Bramante said, "Each of these students' work represents an incredible innovation in their area of interest, whether it be energy conservation, environmental management, or medicine, at the level that is at or equal to university level work. Each has originated their idea, designed all aspects of the research, and conducted the entirety of their work, independently, here at Greenwich High School. Their new devices and techniques have the ability to change the landscape of our energy dependence, medical care, and will save our food resources, through protection of our much needed-pollinators. I applaud these four students who were named scholars, and continue to be proud of the hard work of all of our research students, who are truly developing innovative solutions to real-world problems. These students are passionate, hardworking and deserving of this recognition."
These four students will automatically be in the running for a spot in the Top 40 Finalists, where if selected will receive at least $25,000 and are invited to Washington, DC for the final competition in March where the top award is $250,000.
Program Leader and President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, Maya Ajmera said in the competition press release, "We are inspired by the incredible energy and passion of every scholar who is using research to make the world a better place. These young students will be the key to unlocking solutions to many of our world's most pressing challenges."
The full list of scholars can be viewed here: https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/2020-scholars/
Additional details about the individual student projects are available upon request.
About the Regeneron Science Talent Search
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each year, around 2,000 student entrants submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields. Unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and around the world, the Regeneron Science Talent Search focuses on identifying, inspiring and engaging the nation's most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society's most urgent challenges.
In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search as a way to help reward and celebrate the best and brightest young minds and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM as a way to positively impact the world. Through its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually, increasing the top award to $250,000 and doubling the awards for the top 300 scholars and their schools to $2,000 each to inspire more young people to engage in science.
Program alumni include recipients of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including 11 National Medals of Science, five Breakthrough Prizes, 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, two Fields Medals and 13 Nobel Prizes.