Lubbock teen named Scholar in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Lubbock teen named Scholar in Regeneron Science Talent Search
Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 top winners (left to right) Isani Singh, Benjamin Firester and Natalia Orlovsky (Source: Society for science)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock High School student has been named as a scholar in the nation’s oldest science and mathematics talent search competition for high school seniors.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search announced 300 students as scholars in their program, and one of them was Lubbock High School senior, Phyllis Zhang.

Her project and others were selected from 1,964 entrants to recieve a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to Lubbock High School.

The Science Talent Search competition that started in 1942, is now sponsored by science and technology company Regeneron, who’s founders won the competition in 1970 and 1976.

Other famous alumni include Feng Zhang, pioneer of the CRISPR genome editing tools, and Hayley Bay Barna, co-founder of Birchbox, the subscription based beauty box service.

Phyllis Zhang will go on to selection for 40 finalists who will compete in Washington, D.C. in March for a combined $1.8 million in prizes, with individual prizes ranging from $40,000 to $250,000.

Those finalists will be announced on January 23.

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