Indian American Students Shine in Prestigious Science Talent Search

Thirteen Indian American students have emerged as finalists in the highly competitive 2024 Regeneron Science Talent Search. Out of a pool of 2,162 entrants, these exceptional young minds were chosen based on the creativity and originality of their scientific research, as well as their outstanding achievements and leadership skills in and out of the classroom.

The finalists, representing 36 schools across 19 states, will now participate in a week-long competition to be held in Washington, DC from March 6-13. This premier science and math competition awards more than $1.8 million in prizes, with the top prize being an impressive $250,000.

While all of the finalists have conducted groundbreaking research, let us highlight a few of their remarkable projects:

– Saraswathy Amjith, from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA, has developed a cutting-edge integrated machine learning approach that utilizes radar and satellite imagery to detect selective logging. Her work is accompanied by an AI-logging map-generating webtool, which has the potential to revolutionize forestry practices.

– Aarav Arora, a student at Del Norte High School in San Diego, CA, has conducted in-depth research on the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant. His project provides a mechanistic basis for analyzing the severity of this variant, contributing valuable insights to our understanding of the ongoing pandemic.

– Aditi Avinash from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, CO, has focused on finding a cure for gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Through model validation and preclinical testing of digestive enzymes, she has made significant strides in developing potential treatments for these conditions.

These students, along with their peers, are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and showcasing the immense talent within the Indian American community. Their contributions have the potential to pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in various fields.

As these young scientists come together for the final stage of the competition, we eagerly anticipate the innovative ideas and solutions they will present. Regardless of the outcome, their participation in the Regeneron Science Talent Search is a testament to their dedication, passion, and extraordinary abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the Regeneron Science Talent Search?
The Regeneron Science Talent Search is a highly competitive science and math competition for high school students. It awards over $1.8 million in prizes, with the top prize being $250,000.

2. How many Indian American students have been selected as finalists in the 2024 competition?
Thirteen Indian American students have been chosen as finalists out of a pool of 2,162 entrants.

3. What criteria were used to select the finalists?
Finalists were chosen based on the creativity and originality of their scientific research, as well as their outstanding achievements and leadership skills.

4. Where and when will the final stage of the competition be held?
The final stage of the Regeneron Science Talent Search will take place in Washington, DC from March 6-13.

5. What are some notable projects of the finalists?
– Saraswathy Amjith has developed a machine learning approach to detect selective logging using radar and satellite imagery.
– Aarav Arora has conducted research on the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, providing insights into its severity.
– Aditi Avinash has focused on finding a cure for gluten intolerance and celiac disease through model validation and preclinical testing.

Key Terms:
– Regeneron Science Talent Search: A highly competitive science and math competition for high school students.
– SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant: A variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.
– gluten intolerance: A condition where the body’s immune system reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
– celiac disease: An autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

Related Links:
Regeneron: The official website of Regeneron.
Society for Science: An organization promoting science education and the scientific research of young students.