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Three Stony Brook-Mentored Students Named Regeneron Finalists

Emily Peterson
Emily Peterson

Adding to the university’s record of success in nurturing the nation’s brightest young minds, three of the 40 finalists in the prestigious Regeneron (formerly Intel) competition were mentored by Stony Brook faculty.

Stony Brook-mentored finalists in this year’s competition are:

Emily Peterson, Smithtown High School, Port Jefferson, NY. Her project, Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair, was mentored by Mariam Rafailovich, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and and Marcia Simon, Professor and Director for Graduate Studies, School of Dental Medicine.

Arjun Subramaniam
Arjun Subramaniam

Arjun Subramaniam, The Harker School, San Jose, CA. His project, CadML: A New, Computational Approach to Optimizing Antibody Affinity for Design of Antibody Therapeutics, was mentored by Tom McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Jessica Tian, Del Norte High School, San Diego, CA. Her project, Antibacterial Property of Cellulose Paper Decorated with Ag/TiO2 Nanocomposites, was mentored by Ben Hsiao, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The students conducted their independent research projects at Stony Brook as part of the Simons Summer Research Program.

The finalists will now go to Washington, D.C. from March 9-15 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. They will also have the opportunity to meet with national leaders and share their projects with the public at the National Geographic Society.

Jessica Tian
Jessica Tian

This year’s finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in top awards – more than half of the Regeneron Science Talent Search total annual award distribution of $3.1 million. The top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000 for the first place winner. Winners will be announced at a formal awards gala at the National Building Museum on March 14.

Forty finalists were selected from roughly 300 scholars and more than 1,700 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.

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