49 Long Island students named semi-finalists in the Regeneron Science Competition

49 Long Island public and private school students were named semifinalists Thursday in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 competition, cementing the region’s dominance in the prestigious annual competition.

Nassau and Suffolk county seniors, including an island-leading six from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, were among 300 scholars honored nationally and internationally, according to Washington, DC-based Society for Science, which runs the country’s oldest and most well-known science competition. Researchers were announced at. 12:15 Thursday.

Scholars and their schools will each be awarded $ 2,000. On January 20, 40 of the scholars will be named finalists and granted a trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete 10-16. March on a portion of the $ 1.8 million in prize money.

There were 39 scholars from Nassau and 10 from Suffolk. Last year, Long Island had 41 semifinalists.

Nine Nassau colleges, including JFK in Bellmore, had several scholars: four each from Syosset and Roslyn, and three each from Great Neck South, Herricks, Jericho, Manhasset, John F. Kennedy in Plainview-Old Bethpage, and Paul D. Schreiber in Port Washington. In Suffolk, two scholars were selected at Brentwood High and two from Ward Melville High in the Three Village district.

“In the midst of an unprecedented and lasting global [COVID-19] health crisis, we are incredibly inspired to see such an extraordinary group of young leaders using the power of STEM to solve the world’s most difficult challenges, “said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science, in a statement.

Long Island scholars also included two students from private schools: Ethan Labelson of Friends Academy in Locust Valley and Bella Guerra of Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead.

Students covered a wide range of topics. For example, Jericho Highs Sara Chan submitted the research project “A Study of Polarization in Media During the Age of Media Consolidation and Social Media Through a Sentiment Analysis of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.”

Eric Huang, of Syosset High, was honored for the “compatible and aerodynamic features of a 3D-printed variable Camber Aircraft Wing.”

The COVID-19 pandemic was also included in some projects. Desiree Rigaud, of JFK High in Bellmore, examined “COVID-19-induced economic stress: The effect on marital function and methods of relieving financial stress,” and Isabel Wang, of Great Neck South High, looked at “Coping Under Covid-19 : How Locus of Control Affects Mastery Response in an Uncontrollable Situation. ”

Scholars were selected from 1,804 applications received from 603 colleges in 46 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and eight other states. Researchers were selected based on research skills, academics, innovation and promise as scientists. They come from 185 American and international colleges in 37 states, China, Switzerland and Singapore, as well as three homeschooled participants.

Regeneron researchers typically spend weeks or months in university labs and work closely with faculty. Projects often take more than a year.

Last year, two Long Island high school students, Jericho Highs Justin Shen and Lucy Zha, from The Wheatley School in the East Williston District, reached the finals. Each received $ 25,000.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Tarrytown, has been funding the competition since 2016. While the sponsors have changed since the competition started in 1942, the competition has been run continuously by the nonprofit Society for Science.

What to know

49 Long Island Public and Private Schools students were named as semifinalists Thursday in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 competition.

There were 39 scholars from Nassau and 10 from Suffolk. Last year, Long Island had 41 semifinalists.

On January 20, 40 of the scholars will be named finalists and granted a trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete 10-16. March on a portion of the $ 1.8 million in prize money.

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