Three Indian Americans among top ten in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Three Indian Americans among top ten in Regeneron Science Talent Search

By AB Wire

Three Indian American students are among the top ten winners in the 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search, America’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Neil Chowdhury, 18, of Bellevue, Washington, Pravalika Gayatri Putalapattu, 17, of Centreville, Virginia and Neil Rathi, 17, of Palo Alto, California won the fifth, seventh and eighth places respectively.

More than $1.8 million was awarded to the 40 finalists, who were evaluated based on their projects’ scientific rigor, their exceptional problem-solving abilities and their potential to become scientific leaders, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Society for Science announced March 15.

Christine Ye won first place and $250,000 for her project, which analyzed the gravitational waves emitted from huge collisions between neutron stars (collapsed super-dense stars) and black holes,

Fifth place winner Chowdhury received a $90,000 award for creating a computer model to study the role of a histone protein implicated in colon cancer and found that the histone caused changes to two key processes regulating the way DNA folds itself to fit into the nucleus of cells.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search winners give me hope for the future, and I congratulate them on their tremendous success,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science, Publisher of Science News and 1985 Science Talent Search alumna.

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