Great Neck, Schreiber, Herricks each post 3 in Regeneron science semifinals

Great Neck, Schreiber, Herricks each post 3 in Regeneron science semifinals
Great Neck South's Amber Sun, left, Amit Saha and Dana Kagan were named 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars. (Photos courtesy of the Great Neck School District)

A dozen high school seniors across North Shore public school districts were named semifinalists in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search, with multiples from Great Neck South, Schreiber High, Manhasset High and Herricks High.

The competition, formerly sponsored by Westinghouse and then Intel before its current sponsor, pharmaceutical company Regeneron, is run each year by​​ the Society for Science and the Public, with the goal of finding solutions to the world’s challenges from budding young scientists.

From an initial 1,804 applications, 300 students across the country and other parts of the world were named scholars in the 2022 contest, with 40 being from Long Island. The 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000 each.

Great Neck South was represented by Dana Kagan, Amit Saha and Amber Sun. Schreiber High was represented by Amelia Abell, Sasha Bandler and Bryson Shaub. Herricks also had three students named as semifinalists, with Jeylin Lee, Dheyala Simirin and Miah Margiano.

Manhasset’s Ben Punzalan and Allen Qian and Roslyn High’s Maxx Yung rounded out the North Shore’s semifinalists.

“Congratulations to the top 300 scholars in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search,” Regeneron President and CEO Maya Ajmera said. “The enthusiasm and quality of projects from this year’s participants were just outstanding. Each year, I am tremendously impressed by the ingenuity that the students bring to the competition.”

A total of 16% of the research projects from semifinalists in the country were related to behavioral and social sciences, 12% were medicine and health, 10% were cellular and molecular biology, 8% were neuroscience and 7% were environmental science.

From the crop of 300 semifinalists, 40 students will be selected as finalists, who are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 24. Finalists will show their work to the public, meet with prestigious leaders in the science community and compete for a variety of awards headlined by the $250,000 top prize in March.

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