Washington (People's Daily) - 11 seniors from Jericho High School were named scholars in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search, in Jericho, New York on January 9, 2018.
On Tuesday, 300 high school seniors across the US were named scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition in America.
Over one-third of this year’s finalists were Chinese American, accounting for 36 percent, according to a report from World Journal.
The scholars were selected based on research skills, academic commitment, innovative thinking, and science potential.
Each finalist received $2,000 with an additional $2,000 awarded to their respective high schools.
For the next and final round, 40 finalists, to be announced on January 23, will compete in Washington, D.C in March.
STS is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Every year, the budding scientists compete for more than $3.1 million in awards.
Divided into three categories: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation, the top three winners from each will receive $250,000, $175,000 and $150,000 respectively.
This year’s competition received 1,818 contestant applications representing 555 schools from 45 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and six American and international high schools overseas.
Research projects covered subjects ranging from space science to bioinformatics to environmental science.
While in Washington, D.C., the finalists will undergo a rigorous judging process, interact with leading scientists, display their research for the public and meet with members of Congress.
Sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public, which founded the competition in 1942, the contest was formerly sponsored by Intel, and before that, Westinghouse Corp. In 2016, Regeneron became the new title sponsor.
STS alumni have gone on to make extraordinary contributions to science, holding more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.