High School STEM Competition Names Top 300; 50 Students from Long Island Selected for Achievements in Innovation and Leadership

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Each scholar will receive a scholarship of $2,000, and to further reinforce their efforts, their respective schools will be awarded an equal amount for nurturing these bright sparks.
Award-winning projects in the competition cover topics in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and mathematics. Each scholar will receive a scholarship of $2,000, and to further reinforce their efforts, their respective schools will be awarded an equal amount for nurturing these bright sparks. File photo: Sirtravelalot, ShutterStock.com, licensed.

LONG ISLAND, NY – In the annals of science and math excellence, this week marked a significant milestone as the Society for Science announced the top 300 scholars for the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024, the oldest and most respected competition for senior high school students in the United States; 50 students from the bunch are exceptional minds from Long Island.

Each scholar will receive a scholarship of $2,000, and to further reinforce their efforts, their respective schools will be awarded an equal amount for nurturing these bright sparks.

Christina Chan, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Regeneron, echoed the company’s pride in these scholars. In her words, “Congratulations to the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024 scholars, whose exceptional projects demonstrate their ability to use science to improve the world. We are proud to partner with the Society to provide this prestigious platform that acknowledges and rewards students for curiosity, innovation and encourages them to push science’s boundaries to tackle society’s most pressing issues.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were chosen from a pool of 2,162 contenders hailing from 712 high schools across 46 states, Puerto Rico, and ten other countries – indicating a record number of entries since 1969. This staggering figure also represents an astonishing increase of over 200 participants from the previous year, further establishing the competition’s popularity.

The selection process goes beyond just academic achievement, as the scholars are chosen based on various attributes. These include their commendable research, leadership skills, involvement in community work, devotion to academics, creativity in posing scientific queries, and exceptional potential in the STEM fields. These factors are then scrutinized through original, independent research projects, riveting essays, and impressive recommendations.

The next milestone for these scholars arrives on January 24 when 40 among them will ascend to the title of Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. These finalists will then engage in a nerve-wracking, week-long competition from March 6-13 in Washington, D.C, vying for over $1.8 million in awards.

Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Executive Publisher of Science News, expressed her heartfelt congratulations to the top 300 scholars. She said, “We received a record-breaking number of applications this year, indicating that interest in this prestigious competition is at an all-time high. The quality of the projects and the students’ ingenuity is truly remarkable. The students’ commitment, passion, and resilience are worthy of celebration.”

Not only does this event acknowledge the students’ mastery over Science and Mathematics but also highlights the importance of such platforms in encouraging and rewarding curiosity and innovation. The program’s reputation ensures that it attracts the brightest young minds, continually setting higher standards and fostering an environment thriving with intellectual stimulation. The eminent scholars who rise from this competition are key to addressing the world’s most pressing matters through the lens of Science.

It is evident, considering the reach and popularity, that the Regeneron Science Talent Search has become more than just a competition. It is a symbol of academic excellence and future leadership in the STEM world, kindling the curiosity and high-octane intellectual growth in young scholars, and paving the path for tomorrow’s trailblazers.

For a detailed list of the 50 students from the Island visit: patch.com/new-york/chappaqua/51-long-island-students-named-regeneron-scholars


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