Two Regeneron Scholars at Commack High School!
We’re thrilled to announce that two Commack High School seniors, Kimberly Liao and SShamtej Singh Rana were named Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Scholars (formerly called Intel) today. This contest is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, providing students a national stage to present original research. The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists and hail from 192 American and international high schools in 39 states and Guam.
Kimberly’s project was “Identification of a Model Agnostic Disease Driver in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis; Implications for Drug Development,” and SShamtej Singh Rana’s research was titled, “Wildfire Prediction and Reduction for the West Coast of the USA Using a Neural Network Approach.” The prestigious recognition comes with an award of $2,000 for each student, and an additional $2,000 per honoree goes to their high school. Forty finalists will be announced on January 22. Each finalist receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. in March and a chance to compete for more than $1.8 million in prize awards.
Dr. Donald James, Superintendent, celebrates the effort and dedication of these hard-working young scientists. “We are so proud of both Kim and Sham as well as their mentors in the science department at the High School. We value their combined commitment to finding new methods and bringing a fresh perspective to solve significant global challenges.”