A Buchholz High School student, Anjana Balachandar, has been selected as one of 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
The scholars were chosen from 1,804 applicants across 46 states and eight other countries. The selected scholars represent 185 American and international high schools, including students from China, Switzerland and Singapore.
The talent search gives students a platform to present independent research and encourages future STEM leaders to offer new insights on important global issues.
Entries for the competition are evaluated based on four components: Research Report and Scientific Merit, Student Contribution to the Research, Academic Aptitude and Achievement and Overall Potential as a Future Leader of the Scientific Community.
Balachandar’s research is titled “Extending the Boundaries of 3D Printing of Soft Matter.”
“It’s a really exciting opportunity,” Balachandar said. “I’ve been working on the research for about two years now. It has been a long process and I’m just really excited to potentially present it in the future and show my passion for how excited I am about (the research).”
Balachandar and Buchholz will each receive $2,000 for her selection as a scholar.
The competition will choose 40 finalists on Jan. 20. These finalists will compete in a week-long competition March 10-16, where they will present their research to the public, visit historic sites and cultural institutions and meet with national leaders and prominent members of the STEM community.
The finalists have the chance to win a combined $1.8 million in awards upon completing Finals Week, with the first-place participant receiving $250,000.
The top 10 award winners will be announced March 15 during the Regeneron Science Talent Institute’s black-tie gala.