The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse, then with Intel 1998-2016, and now with Regeneron, the Science Talent Search (STS) has served as the national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
Seven decades since its launch, the program has recognized almost 3,000 finalists with more than $13 million in scholarships. Alumni include holders of more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors. These include eleven National Medals of Science winners, eighteen MacArthur Foundation Fellows, two Fields Medalists and twelve Nobel Laureates.
This year, Regeneron becomes only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search, with a 10-year, $100 million commitment. Regeneron is a company founded with the goal of transforming lives through science and its most important and social commitment has been to support the development of highly engaged, well-training and innovative young thinkers.
Each scholar receives a $2,000 award from Regeneron with an additional $2,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $1.2 million in total scholar awards aimed at inspiring more young people to engage in science. The competition overall awards $3.1 million to provide the opportunities and resources that students need to become the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and STEM leaders.
Entrants must complete a rigorous application process, including a 20-page research report documenting their independent scientific research. After extensive review, 40 finalists are selected to compete each March in Washington, D.C.
The Science Talent Search 2017 Top Scholars were announced on January 4 and the 40 finalists will be announced on January 24.
In 2016, Amol Punjabi, 17, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research, Paige Brown, 17, of Bangor, Maine,won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good, for studying the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli and phosphate contamination levels and Maya Varma, 17, of Cupertino, California, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation, for using $35 worth of hobbyist electronics and free computer-aided design tools to create a smartphone-based lung function analyzer that diagnoses lung disease.
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Regeneron STS is a program of Society for Science & the Public, sponsored through 2026 by Regeneron.