SAN DIEGO, CA — Four San Diego area students were named among 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a science and math competition for high school seniors.
- Ilan Cosman, 17, of La Jolla High School, was recognized for work in the area of computer vision for detecting errors in 3D printing.
- Alina Pollner, 18, of Canyon Crest Academy, was recognized for work in the area of a novel strategy to increase fruit production via CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering.
- Arushi Dogra, 17, of Del Norte High School, was recognized for work in the area of the role of C1q and CD4+ T-cells in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Daniel Liu, 17, of Torrey Pines High School, was recognized for work in the area of adversarial point perturbations on 3D objects.
- Each student, as well as their school, will receive $2,000, according to the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
“We are inspired by the incredible energy and passion of every scholar who is using research to make the world a better place,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, which created the search. “These young students will be the key to unlocking solutions to many of our world’s most pressing challenges.”
There were 1,993 applicants from 659 high schools across 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and eight countries to the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
The search is open to high school seniors submitting original research in STEM-related areas. Scholars were chosen based on their research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, according to the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
On Jan. 22, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. Finalists will have the opportunity to travel for free to Washington, D.C. to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search is a program of Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science.