Austin teen receives $40K award in 2021 Regeneron STEM competition

A teenager from Austin won a $ 40,000 award in the country’s oldest high school graduate STEM competition.

17-year-old Sam Christian took tenth place in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021 for his research, which examined computationally modeled data from numerous observatories and NASA’s TESS telescope to identify and identify movements of planets in 69 binary star systems to observe.

He showed that the orbits of these exoplanets largely coincide with the orbit of their binary system. His findings, if applied to a larger sample, could shed additional light on the formation and evolution of planets, a press release said.

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Sam Christian, 17, from Austin, took tenth place in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021 for his research, which examined computationally modeled data from numerous observatories and NASA’s TESS telescope to identify movements of planets in 69 wi and watch (Regeneron Science Talent Search)

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Christian, a student at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, was one of 40 finalists to win more than $ 1.8 million in virtual competition.

The top award of $ 250,000 went to 18-year-old Yunseo Choi from New Hampshire for her project in which she played theoretical matchmakers for an infinite number of things or people using matching algorithms.

Runner-up prize of $ 175,000 went to 17-year-old New York-based Noah Getz for his research adapting the way computer models identify promising pharmaceutical compounds that could enable the discovery of new drugs, including Alzheimer’s and COVID-19. faster and cheaper.

The US $ 150,000 award went to 17-year-old Eshani Jha of California for developing a biochar filter system that removes microplastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and heavy metals (such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) from drinking water .

Sam Christian’s findings, if applied to a larger sample, could shed additional light on the formation and evolution of planets. (Regeneron Science Talent Search)

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The fourth to ninth place winners are:

  • Oregon, 17-year-old Gopal Goel received $ 100,000 for mathematical research that made connections between two subjects in terms of randomness and probability
  • Maryland, 18-year-old Timothy Qian received $ 90,000 for a quantum metrology study that uses quantum entanglement to get more accurate measurements
  • Maine-born Vetri Vel, 16, received $ 80,000 for his project to develop a deep learning system that combines a small computer and thermal imaging camera to detect thermal signatures of a fallen person and immediately seek help
  • Alay Shah, 17, of Plano, Texas, was awarded $ 70,000 to develop a diagnostic tool that tracks eye movement to identify neurological disorders that could be a cost-effective alternative to MRI
  • Wenjun Hou, 18, from Oregon, received $ 60,000 for using quantum computers to solve the well-known computer science question known as the “backpack problem” and for developing quantum hardware to implement the central component of his algorithm
  • Vivian Yee, 17, of Michigan, was awarded $ 50,000 for researching inequalities in the incidence and outcomes of COVID-19 in New York City counties for public health initiatives

17-year-old Dasia Taylor from Iowa was named a Seaborg Prize Winner. She was selected as a student of the 40 finalists who best exemplified her class and the exceptional qualities of nuclear chemist Glenn T. Seaborg, who won the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and served on the Society’s Board of Trustees for 30 years.

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Any finalist who was not in the top 10 received $ 25,000. In total, Regeneron has awarded $ 3.1 million in prizes as part of the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, including $ 2,000 to all top scientists and their schools.

Historically in person in Washington, DC, this was the second year in its 80-year history that the competition was virtually on due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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