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Two Urban Students Win Awards in National Science Contest

  • Noah Getz, a senior at The Bronx High School of Science in New York City, used his love for science to earn top honors and a $175,000 award in a national science contest.  Noah Getz

    Getz placed second in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. He focused his research on the way computer models identify promising pharmaceutical compounds, which could make the discovery of new drugs faster and less expensive. His model identified two drugs that might dramatically reduce the levels of an inflammation marker implicated in both Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19.

    Also placing in the competition was senior Sam Christian of Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas. Christian placed 10th overall in the competition and received a $40,000 award for his research titled, “A Possible Alignment Between Orbits of Visual Binary Stars and Their Planetary Systems.” Sam Christian

    The Regeneron Science and Talent Search selected 40 finalists, who were honored during a virtual winners’ award ceremony. Sponsored annually by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Socity for Science, the competition receives applications from approximately 2,000 high school seniors. Each applicant is evaluated based on their project’s scientific rigor, their exceptional problem-solving abilities, and their potential to become scientific leaders.