Williston Park students named semi-finalists for prestigious science award

January 13, 2017 by  

This year’s list of Regeneron Science Talent Search semi-finalists included 22 high school students from the North Shore and Williston Park areas.

The number of local high school seniors to make the list this year is more than double the number named semi-finalists in the previous year. The students attend Herricks High School, Manhasset High School, Great Neck North High School, Great Neck South High School, Paul D. Schreiber High, and Roslyn High.

In all more than 1,700 students participated in the contest, which aims to recognize high-performing students and top research projects from around the U.S. Regeneron, a company based in Westchester County, signed on as sponsor of the contest for the first time this year.

Students applying for the science talent search and for similar contests can use printing companies and even comb binding to prepare and present their applications. To qualify for the Regeneron contest, students need recommendations from teachers and scientists, as well as materials documenting their academic performance and contributions to science.

The 22 students from the Williston Park area are among 300 total named as semi-finalists. Each semi-finalist will receive $2,000 and the chances to be named a finalist. Finalists, 40 total, will be announced on Jan. 24. The finalists will get to compete for an additional $1.8 million in prizes, with the first-place winner taking home $250,000.