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Eight SBU Faculty Mentored Regeneron Science Competition Scholars

Eight high school students who worked with faculty mentors from Stony Brook University are among the top 300 scholars in the national 2024 Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) competition — the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

The semifinalists were selected from an applicant pool of 2,162 applications from 712 high schools across 46 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and ten other countries.

On January 24, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The finalists will then compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a week-long competition in Washington, DC, taking place March 6-13.

The following are the Stony Brook faculty mentors:

Christopher goblerChristopher Gobler, Distinguished Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, worked with Aidan Cazalet from Saint Anthony’s High School, Melville, NY, on “Examination of the Effects by a Salinity and Temperature Gradient on Microcystis aeruginosa Morphology: A Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Analysis”

HoltWilliam Holt, Professor, Department of Geosciences, worked with Bradley Kelton, Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, NY, on “Geochronologic and Dynamic Constraints on the Topographic Evolution and Critical Mineral Deposits of the Southwestern United States”

Sangeet honeySangeet Honey, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, worked with Richard Wong, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY, on “Temporal Phage Therapy: A Strategy for Managing MRSA Resistance Utilizing Bacteriophage Sb-1”

HsiaoBenjamin Hsiao, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, worked with Gracelynne Hao, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, NJ, on “Green Synthesis of Black TiO2 Nanoparticles: A Promising Candidate for Solar-Driven Photocatalytic Water Decontamination”

Eric jonesEric Jones, Executive Director, Laser Teaching Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy, worked with Angelika Wang, Cary Academy, Cary, NC, on “Construction of Modified Speckle Optical Tweezers for Horizontal Particle Trapping in Air”

Ji liu 370 278Ji Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, worked with Eric Tang, River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD, on “Building Redundancy for Resilient Distributed Optimization”

Ben martinBenjamin Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, worked with Rohan Dalal, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA, on “Neuromesodermal Progenitor Cells Give Rise to Blood Through a Myoblast/Hemangioblast Bipotential Intermediate”

Iwao ojima

Iwao Ojima, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, and Director, Institute for Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, worked with Julianne Wu, University High School, Irvine, CA, on “Sex-Related Signaling of the Angiotensin II Pathway in Primary Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells”


About the Regeneron STS
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each year, more than 2,000 student entrants submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields. Unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and around the world, the Regeneron Science Talent Search focuses on identifying, inspiring and engaging the nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

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