Notable Alumni

Innovators. Explorers. Scientists.

From Nobel laureates to entrepreneurs and inventors, the Society for Science has an extraordinary community of alumni who embody the principles of science and engineering research, leadership, innovation and global impact in their careers long after competing in our storied science research competitions.

These alumni underscore the critical importance of the Society’s programs — which encourage and celebrate young scientific talent and its potential — and tell the story of our history.

In celebration of the Society’s centennial, these impressive changemakers were selected based on their professional accomplishments and lasting contributions to advancing science and improving the world in which we live. We look forward to adding alumni in the years that follow.

We hope you explore this list, draw inspiration from their journeys and share your story as a past competitor.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another alumna/us to be considered for the website, please email alumni@societyforscience.org with the subject line “Notable Alumni Nomination”.

Please visit our Regeneron ISEFRegeneron Science Talent SearchBroadcom MASTERS and suite of Outreach and Equity programs pages to discover the next generation of innovators.

Meet the Changemakers

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Notable alumni headshot Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Science Talent Search
1980's
MacArthur Fellowship
Paul L. Modrich, Ph.D.

Paul Modrich

Science Talent Search International Science and Engineering Fair
1960's
Nobel Prize
Notable Alumni Joyce Solomon Moorman

Joyce Solomon Moorman

International Science and Engineering Fair
1960's
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Vamsi Mootha

Science Talent Search International Science and Engineering Fair
1980's
MacArthur Fellowship
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Ben R. Mottelson

Science Talent Search
1940's
Nobel Prize
Notable Alumni - David Mumford

David Mumford

Science Talent Search
1950's
Fields Medal MacArthur Fellowship National Medal of Science
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Patricia Nakache

Science Talent Search
1980's
Notable Alumni Chetan Nayak

Chetan Nayak

Science Talent Search
1980's
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Dianne K. Newman

International Science and Engineering Fair
1980's
MacArthur Fellowship
Notable Alumni - Joan Oates

Joan Oates

Science Talent Search
1940's
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

International Science and Engineering Fair
2000's
Notable Alumni - David Pensak

David Pensak

Science Talent Search
1960's

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