Eight Students Named 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

News Release
January 09, 2019

Eight students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named scholars in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search. The students are part of a group of 300 scholars selected from 1,964 entrants in the 2019 competition.


FCPS 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars, with their project names in italics, are: 


•    Alex Chen of Langley High School, Boron-Doped Silicene as a Promising Anode for Li-Ion Batteries.
•    Carolyn Qu of Oakton High School, Monitoring and Predicting Agriculture Drought and Food Security over the Horn of Africa (HOA) with NASA Satellite Remote Sensing Measurements.
•    Abhishek Allamsetty of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), qecML: A Novel Machine Learning Toric Decoder for Rapid Quantum Error Correction.
•    Adam Ardeishar of TJHSST, Extreme Values of a Statistical Distribution Relating to the Coupon Collector Problem.
•    Rachel Naidich of TJHSST, Non-Invasive Electronic Wireless Knee Biomechanical and Physiology Monitoring for Post-Operative Rehabilitation.
•    Grace Qi of TJHSST, Evaluating Hydroxycocaines in Hair Samples as Markers of Cocaine Use.
•    Lauryn Wu of TJHSST, Novel Families of Giant Band Gap 2D Topological Insulator Devices in Ethynyl-Derivative Functionalized Lead and Bismuth Films.
•    Wenbo Wu of TJHSST, Discovery of Topological Insulators with Spintronics Properties in the 2D Materials BiSb,BiSbF2, and BiSbI2.


The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science.


The 300 scholars will receive matching awards of $2,000 along with their school.  A total of 40 finalists will be announced on January 23, who will be invited to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.


More information about the competition can be found online.


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Note:  For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.