Society for Science recently announced that Addison Liu, a student at Unionville High School, was among the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, and Singapore.
“Addison Liu is a highly talented, well-rounded, and goal-oriented scholar who consistently demonstrates a deep level of respect for others, a determination to succeed and a willingness to go beyond expectations," said Sandy Litvin, Unionville High School Biology teacher. "She is persistent and detailed in her approach to solving problems and makes complex connections easily.”
“The Unionville High School Family is so proud of Addison and her outstanding research experiences. Addison is a self-motivated, determined, and passionate student with a clear sense of purpose and direction," said Jimmy Conley, Unionville High School principal. "An important foundation of Addison’s quest for further knowledge is her passion for research. Addison is someone who will positively impact our world in the future and is truly destined for success,“
Addison titled: Simulation and Analysis on the Self-Foldability of the Origami Hyperbolic Paraboloid.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides students with a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and discoveries of young scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. This year, research projects cover topics from bioinformatics to public health and energy efficiency.
“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.”
“An exceptional group of student leaders and innovators comprise this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars, with an array of projects that demonstrate the power of science,” said Hala Mirza, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron. “We are honored to celebrate the next generation of young scientists and inventors who can elevate the STEM community and our broader society through their high-quality research and novel discoveries. These are the inspiring problem solvers who will help address the current and future challenges facing our world.”
Liu will receive $2,000, and Unionville High School will receive $2,000.
On January 21, 40 of the 300 scholars were named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. From March 10-17 all 40 finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.