Four HSE students named Regeneron semifinalists

Four seniors from High School East have been named semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search program.
Under the direction of East research coordinator Maria Zeitlin, the four semifinalists submitted their research for recognition. Out of eight total submissions, these four students were recognized among the 300 scholars throughout the United States: Vishrath Kumar for his project “Tune Jump Quadrupole Strength Optimization for AGS Polarization Preservation;” Erika Nemeth (who was also named a Siemens regional finalist) for her project “Cell-Based Delivery of Gene-Silencing Products via Gap Junction;” Emily Ann Peterson for her project “Lecithin-Retinol Acyltransferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair;” and Ruisi Zhong for her project “Activation of Ventral Subiculum Neurons by Cued Emotional Learning.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each year, 300 Regeneron STS scholars are awarded $2,000 with an additional $2,000 going to their high schools to support STEM education. From that select pool of scholars, 40 student finalists are invited to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.