Congratulations to Croton-Harmon High School student Melissa Stok, who has been named a top 300 scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Almost 2,000 students entered the competition this year by submitting science research projects, and 300 scholars were chosen. Twenty-nine students from the Lower Hudson Valley are among those going into the next round of the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.
Melissa will receive $2,000, and Croton-Harmon High School will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities. Melissa will move on compete to be named one of 40 national finalists, who each receive $25,000 and are invited to Washington, DC, to the final Regeneron competition in March. The top prize for the most promising emerging STEM leader in the United States is $250,000.
Melissa’s project was titled: "Printing the Path: Studying a Gelatin-Alginate Composite Hydrogel for Translation of 3D Bioprinting Research,” which she explained as research into how 3-D printers can be used to create new tissues and organs. According to CHHS science research and biology teacher Donna Light-Donovan, CHHS has a long track record of semi-finalists, finalists, and one winner in the Regeneron competition, dating back about 15 years.
The top 40 finalists will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd.