We are thrilled to announce that Lucy Zha (Class of 2021) has been named finalists finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Owned and produced by the Society for Science and sponsored by Regeneron, the 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.
The 2021 finalists were selected from 1,760 highly qualified entrants, all of whom completed an original research project and extensive application process. Earlier this month, the Society and Regeneron named the top 300 scholars. The finalists were selected based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists and leaders.
Lucy will participate in a virtual competition from March 10-17, 2021, where she will undergo a rigorous virtual judging process to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. She will also have an opportunity to interact with leading scientists and display her project to the public during a virtual event on March 14. Usually held in person in Washington, D.C., the 2021 competition will take place virtually in order to keep the finalists and their families safe during the ongoing pandemic.
The finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021 winners will be announced during a live-streamed virtual awards ceremony on March 17. In total, more than $3 million in awards will be distributed throughout the Regeneron Science Talent Search, which includes awards to finalists as well as $2,000 provided to each of the top 300 scholars and their schools.
Yesterday, Newsday interviewed Lucy and sent a photographer to Wheatley for some photos. You can view the Newsday coverage here:
Congratulations to Lucy, and many thanks to Mr. Paulson and Mrs. Pace for their ongoing support of Lucy and our Science Research program.