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The top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 have been announced and 19 of those high school seniors were mentored by Stony Brook University faculty. The Regeneron Science Talent Search — the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors — provides students a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and novel discoveries of young scientists who bring a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. Research projects cover topics from medicine and health to environmental science.

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The 19 scholars and their Stony Brook mentors are:

William Borges, “An Innovative Approach to Recover Nitrogen from Wastewater Using Nanostructured Cellulose Sulfate,” with mentor Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry

Isha Brahmbhatt, “Removal of Rare Earth Metal Ions from Contaminated Water by Sustainable Carboxycellulose Nanofibers Derived from Agave through Nitro Oxidation Process,” with mentor Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry

Feiyang (Daisy) Dai, “Predicting Major Depressive Disorder Treatment Response: Examining Pretreatment Biomarkers GABA and Glx,” with mentor Dr. Christine DeLorenzo, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, Center for Understanding Biology using Imaging Technology (CUBIT)

Arushi Dogra, “The Role of C1q and CD4+ T-cells in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE),” with mentor Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Medicine

Maximilian Du, “Decreasing Renewable Energy-Induced Power Grid Instability Through the Improvement of LSTM Neural Networks for Better Short-Term Wind Power Predictions,” with mentor Dr. Zhenhua Liu, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science

Ashley Guo, “Metabolic Regulation in Neuronal Morphogenesis,” with mentors Dr. Shaoyu Ge and Dr. Qiaojie Xiong, Neurobiology and Behavior

Sejal Gupta, “Development of a Machine Learning Algorithm to Predict the Path of Joints for Gait Rehabilitation,” with mentor Dr. Anurag Purwar, Mechanical Engineering

Carrie Hsu, “Development of a Frustrated Total Internal Reflection Biosensing System for Noninvasive Terahertz Imaging and Detecting Cell Growth,” with mentor Dr. Hassan Arbab, Biomedical Engineering

Jordan Klein, “Prevalence of Tick-Borne Diseases in Fire Island Deer Ticks,” with mentors Dr. Jorge Benach and Dr. Santiago Sanchez-Vicente, Microbiology and Immunology

Jeffrey Li, “Biopolymer-based Pore Fluids for Sustainable Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Applications,” with mentor Dr. Dilip Gersappe, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering

Stephanie Lin, “Convolutional Neural Network of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI Detects Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients Pre Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy,” with mentor Dr. Tim Duong, Radiology

Nithin Parsan, “Examining the Role of Chromatin Remodeler  skp-1 (snw1) During  C. elegans  Anchor Cell Invasion,” with mentor Dr. David Q. Matus, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Mariam Quraishi, “The Effect of Sibling Status of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Symptom Severity and Social Development,” with mentor Dr. Matthew Lerner, Psychology

Abishek Ravindran, “Implementation of Novel Sector Weight and Google Trends Data Objectives using MOEA/D Curtails Systematic Risk for Quintessential Investors,” with mentor Dr. Yuefan Deng, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Kreena Totala, “The Novel Quantification of White Matter Microstructural Alterations in Thalamocortical Tracts as a Predictive Measure of ADHD Behavior and Subtype in a Pediatric Population,” with mentor Dr. Tim Duong, Radiology

Caitlin Wilkinson, “Rates and Traits: The Potential for Utilizing Above-ground Plant Traits to Predict Denitrification in Long Island Salt Marshes,” with mentor Dr. Stephen Baines, Ecology and Evolution

Janice Yang, “A Novel Machine Learning Method to Predict Breast Cancer Patient Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Progression Free Survival from Axillary Lymph Node MRIs,” with mentor Dr. Tim Duong, Radiology

Sophie Zhang, “Developing a Microporous Hydrophobic Membrane from Hydrophilic Cellulose for Membrane Distillation,” with mentor Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry

Lucy Zou, “The Computational Development of a Novel Class of Boronic Acid-Containing Chalconoids and Cis-Restricted Combretastatin A-4 Analogs for Tumor Vasculature Disruption,” with mentor Dr. Iwao Ojima, Chemistry

Of the 19 scholars, nine were from Stony Brook’s Simons Program and one from the Garcia Program; the remaining nine students were independent researchers. They were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and eight countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. All of the Top 300 scholars and their high schools will be awarded $2,000 each.

On January 22, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, from March 5 through March 11, when they will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.

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