Five Indian-American teenagers were among the 40 finalists of a prestigious science and math competition for US high school students, who will compete for more than $1.8 million in prizes.
Regeneron Science Talent Search, now in its 82nd year, celebrates and rewards young scientists who focus on a wide variety of topics ranging from space race, AIDS epidemic to climate change, according to a press release from the Society for Science and Regeneron Medicine at Tuesday.
A total of 40 Americans were selected for the final.
Among them are the five Indian Americans Siddhu Pachipala of Texas, Lavanya Natarajan and Ishika Nag of Florida, Neel Moudgal of Michigan and Ambika Grover of Connecticut.
The finalists were chosen based on the scientific rigor of their projects and their potential to become world-changing science leaders, the press release said.
The finalists were selected by a national jury of professional scientists from a pool of 300 scientists, announced earlier this month, it said.
The scientists were chosen from a pool of more than 1,900 highly qualified participants, all of whom have completed an original research project and an extensive application process.
“We are thrilled to welcome this inspiring and highly talented class of Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists,” said Maya Ajmera, Society for Science President and CEO and Executive Publisher, Science News.
“I am confident that these extraordinary students will follow in the footsteps of our many talented alumni who are at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries. The 2023 finalists will use their leadership, intellect, creativity and STEM skills to solve our world’s most intractable challenges,” she said.
According to a press release, finalists will compete in a week-long competition in March 2023, in which they will undergo a rigorous judging process that goes beyond their own research to include other scientific disciplines and compete for more than $1.8 million in prizes. .
They will also have the chance to connect with leading scientists and share their research during a virtual “Public Day” event on March 12.
The top 10 winners of Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 14 in Washington, the company said. The research projects of the 2023 finalists demonstrate their breadth of knowledge, their commitment to addressing issues that matter to modern society, and their passion for STEM.
“Congratulations to an exceptional group of Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 Finalists,” said George D. Yancopoulos, Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, and a 1976 Science Talent Search Finalist and Top Winner. PTI LKJ VM
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