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Seven SHS Students Named 2024 Regeneron STS Scholars

Seven South High School students have been named 2024 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholars. Brandon Kim, Luke Huang, Brian Liu, Helen Tang, Maggie Wu, Alexander Xu, and Tiffany Zhang are among 300 high school seniors to achieve this honor in one of the nation’s most prestigious science competitions.

Great Neck’s seven Scholars are among 300 semifinalists nationwide, who were selected from an applicant pool of 2,162 entrants from 712 high schools across 46 states, Puerto Rico and 10 other countries – the highest number of entrants since 1969 and an increase of over 200 from 2023. Each Scholar will receive $2,000, with a matching amount for their school. South High science research teachers/advisors are Nicole Spinelli and Dr. James Truglio.

Through their research, seniors made significant intellectual contributions to novel studies. Some studies were computational, others were experimental, and many merged features of both approaches to present robust findings. The Regeneron STS Scholars and their project titles are:

  • Luke Huang, “Multiscale Analysis of the Hubble Tension in an Evaluation of the LAMBDACDM Model”
  • Brandon Kim, “Deciphering Receptor-Ligand Connectomes in Models of Lung Adenocarcinoma”
  • Brian Liu, “Evaluating the Applied Effectiveness of ECG Compression Algorithms for Myocardial Infarction Detection”
  • Helen Tang, “Impact of Unmet Social Needs on Acute and Long-Term Outcomes in COVID-19 Patients”
  • Maggie Wu, “Effects of Dissolved Oxygen Levels on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Denitrification Performance of Woodchip Bioreactors Treating Onsite Wastewater”
  • Alexander Xu, “CARe-BERT: BERT-Powered Graph Augmentation for Context-Aware Radiology Report Retrieval”
  • Tiffany Zhang, “Resolving the Constraints Imposed by Chiral Effective Field Theory and Perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics on the Neutron Star Equation of State”

According to Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science and Executive Publisher, Science News, this year’s competition had a record-breaking number of applicants. “I am truly impressed by the quality of the projects and the ingenuity that each student brings to the competition. Their diligence, passion, and perseverance should be celebrated.”

The Regeneron competition is the former Westinghouse and then the Intel Science Talent Search. The Talent Search, begun in 1942, is the nation’s oldest, and often considered its most prestigious, science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. It is owned and produced by the Society for Science. On Jan. 24, 40 of the top 300 Scholars will be announced as Finalists and will advance in the national competition.