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Dutchess HS Student Named Regeneron Science Talent 2020 Semifinalist

Area residents have been named as semifinalists in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.
Area residents have been named as semifinalists in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search. Photo Credit: Society for Science

A Dutchess County high school student was among the 300 that were chosen as semifinalists at this year’s prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.

This year, approximately 2,000 students entered the Regeneron STS, where they “submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study.” The organization said that the search is “unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and globally, Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the nation's most promising young scientists.”

Judges narrowed the field to just 300, based on their research skills, commitment to education, innovate thinking and prospects as a scientist.

Among the 300 semifinalists was 17-year-old Trinity-Pawling School student Jiahe Yan, whose project "Detection of t(9;22)chromosome translocation using Deep Residual Neural Network," was chosen as one of the nation's finest.

Yan received $2,000 as did the Trinity-Pawling School. From the pool of semifinalists, 40 will be chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C in March for their final judgment. The finalists will be awarded at least $25,000 and the top 10 will earn between $40,000 and $250,000.

According to the judges, in 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search, increasing the overall awards distribution to better reward the best and brightest young minds.

“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.

“We are inspired by the incredible energy and passion of every scholar who is using research to make the world a better place,” Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, Publisher of Science News and 1985 Science Talent Search alum, said. “These young students will be the key to unlocking solutions to many of our world’s most pressing challenges.”

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