Two students from Half Hollow Hills East and students from Commack and Northport were honored Wednesday as Regeneron Scholars, part of the top student research contest in the country.
The top 300 scholars were chosen from 184 high schools in 40 states and 2 American and international high schools overseas.
Each student at this semifinalist level receives $2,000; their schools also receive the same amount for education in science, technology, engineering and math.
Half Hollow East students Rinni Bhansali, 17, whose project involved creating a model for the spread of diseases and information across social networks and Matt Weltmann, 17, whose project analyzed a breast cancer drug that stops cell division to see if it increased cell invasion, were selected.
The Northport winner was Katie Sierra, 17 while Pragati Muthukumar, 18, was Commack’s honoree.
In 2017, Regeneron became the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.
The list will be whittled down to 40 and named finalists on Jan. 23. Those finalists qualify for trips in mid-March to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for more prizes, including a top award of $250,000.
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