2 HV Students Selected Finalists in Regeneron Science Competition

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Two Hudson Valley high school students are among the 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024.

The competition, now in its 83rd year, has consistently identified young innovators who combine their STEM talent with dedication and leadership skills to drive society forward, according to a news release.

Program alumni include recipients of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes and 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, as well as the founders of many important science-based companies, including Regeneron.

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The two finalists for the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024 are:

Cong said that being a finalist validated the importance of his research, as well as the other work he has put into pursuing STEM.

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“Other STS finalists have gone on to do great things, and since freshman year, I have looked up to them,” he said in an email. “I am super-excited to head to D.C. for Finals Week, and meet the other brilliant students selected this year.”

Zorn said being a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search is an incredible honor.

“It’s a chance for me to talk about research with people just as passionate as me and is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from top scientists from across the country,” he said in an email. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be selected!”

From March 6-13, finalists will participate in a week-long competition where they will undergo a rigorous judging process to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. Each finalist, selected from 2,162 entrants, will receive $25,000.

The top 10 awards, which will be announced during an awards ceremony on March 12, range from $40,000 to $250,000.

“Every year, the Regeneron Science Talent Search helps inspire and engage a new wave of talented young scientists with the potential to improve the world,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, Board Co-Chair, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and a winner in the 1976 STS. “I congratulate these exceptional young finalists as they embark on their scientific journeys. As someone who got my start in this very competition, I know firsthand how the Science Talent Search experience can help jumpstart students’ future academic and career journeys.”

In total, more than $3 million in awards will be distributed throughout the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Each finalist is awarded at least $25,000, with the top 10 awards ranging from $40,000 to $250,000. Finalists may use their award prize money solely for educational purposes. The top 300 scholars, each of whom receives $2,000, may use their awards as they see fit; each of their schools are also awarded $2,000 to support math and science programs, a critical investment toward their future in STEM.

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