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Several South Asian American High School Seniors Among 300 Scholars in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Several South Asian American High School Seniors Among 300 Scholars in Regeneron Science Talent Search

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  • They were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 10 countries.

Several South Asian Americans are among top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000 each. They were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. 

Forty of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists on Jan. 21. From March 10-17 all 40 finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards.

South Asian American scholars include: Laalitya Acharya, 17, William Mason High School, Ohio; Vardhan Agrawal, 18, Cupertino High School, California; Shray Alag, 17, The Harker School, California; Ibrahim Al-Akash, 18, Veterans Memorial High School, Texas; Mir Zayid Alam, 18, Manhasset High School, New York; Foyez Alauddin, 17, Trinity School, New York; Yash Anand, 17, Montgomery Blair High School, Maryland; Sraavya (Aashi) Anne, 16, Mayfield High School, Ohio; Parth Asawa, 17, Monta Vista High School, California; Perisa Ashar, 18, Maggie L.  Walker Governor’s School, Virginia; Akhilesh Balasingam, 17, Archbishop Mitty High School, California; Manav Bansal, 18, The Wheatley School, New York; Hirak Basu, 17, Turpin High School, Ohio; Anika Bhadriraju, 17, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina; Sid Bharthulwar, 17, Fairview High School, Colorado; Niharika Bhattacharjee, 17, Yorktown High School, New York; Anya Chabria, 17, The Wheatley School, New York; Maya Chari, 17, Bronx High School of Science, New York; Dev Chheda, 17, Ardrey Kell High School, North Carolina; Raiya Dhalwala, 17, Bronx High School of Science, New York; Saisha Dhar, 17, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Kentucky; Animesh Ghose, 18, Ward Melville High School, New York; Aryan Ghotra, 18, Syosset High School, New York; Gopal Goel, 17, Krishna Homeschool, Oregon; Anshul Guha, 17, Montgomery High School, New Jersey; Sanjana Gurram, 17, Westview High School, California; Vedanth Iyer, 17, Sunset High School, Oregon; Rincon Jagarlamudi, 17, Marquette High School, Missouri; Eshani Jha, 17, Lynbrook High School, California; Yash Kadadi, 18, The Westminster Schools, Georgia; Sohum Kapadia, 17, University School, Ohio; Sarah Karam, 17, Bergen County Academies, New Jersey; Saaim Khan, 17, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Michigan; Ishan Khare, 18, Ottawa Hills High School, Ohio; Khushi Kohli, 17, Olathe North High School, Kansas; Siddharth Krishnakumar, 17, Thomas Jefferson High School For science and Technology, Virginia; Aravind Krishnan, 18, Hillsborough High School, New Jersey; Navya Lam, 18, Henry M Gunn High School, California; Srinath Mahankali, 17, Stuyvesant High School, New York; Neha Mani, 17, Hunter College High School, New York; Sriya Mantena, 17, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina; Tarun Kumar Martheswaran, 17, The Waterford School, Utah; Arjun Mazumdar, 17, Bronx High School of Science, New York; Viraj Mehta, 18, BASIS Scottsdale, Arizona; Tanya Mehta, 17, Parkland High School, Pennsylvania; Roshni Mishra, 18, American Heritage School, Florida; Nina Nair, 18, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina; Sathvik Nallamalli, 17, Olympia High School, Washington; Rithika Narayan, 17, Elwood John Glenn High School, New York; Charit Narayanan, 17, Mission San Jose High School, California; Aryan Naveen, 17, James L Mann High School, South Carolina; Om Nerurkar, 17, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina; Divya Nori, 17, Milton High School, Georgia; Sayalee Patankar, 17, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Illinois; Aalok Patwa, 18, Archbishop Mitty High School, California; Jayanth Pratap, 18, John Foster Dulles High School, Texas; Ritvik Pulya, 17, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School,Massachusetts; Maiya Raghu, 18, Syosset High School, New York; Vishaal Ram, 18, Milton High School, Georgia; Shreya Ramachandran, 17, American High School, California; Saksham Saksena, 17, Houston High School, Tennessee; Sreenidhi Sankararaman, 18, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia; Laboni Santra, 17, Oviedo High School, Florida; Anushka Sanyal, 17, Homestead High School, California; Lori Saxena, 17, Horace Greeley High School, New York; Krupa Sekhar, 17, Hunter College High School, New York; Ganesh Selvakumar, 17, Marple Newtown High School, Pennsylvania; Alay Shah, 17, Plano West Senior High School, Texas; Saloni Shah, 17, The Harker School, California; Vyom Shah,  17, Jericho Senior High School, New York; Raiyaan Shaik, 17, Bergen County Academies, New Jersey; Siddharth Sharma, 18, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, California; Priya Soneji, 17, Milton High School, Georgia; Nitin Sreekumar, 18, Troy High School, California; Suvin Sundararajan, 17, Westfield High School, Massachusetts; Nitya Sunkad, 17, Amador Valley High School, California; Aditya Tadimeti, 17, The Harker School, California; Arya Tschand, 17, High Technology High School, New Jersey; Amulya Vatsavai, 17, Raleigh Charter High School, North Carolina; Bala Vinaithirthan, 18, San Ramon Valley High School, California; and Adway Wadekar, 17, Saint John’s High School, Massachusetts. Also selected are Vasu Kaker, 18, of Singapore and Saraswati Sridhar, 17, of Puerto Rico.

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“The remarkable drive, creativity and intellectual curiosity that each one of these scholars possesses represents a hopeful outlook for our future and our collective wellbeing,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science, Publisher of Science News and 1985 Science Talent Search alum. “At a time when many students’ educational experiences are being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am incredibly humbled to see gifted young scientists and engineers eager to contribute fresh insights to solving the world’s most intractable problems.”

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