Three MNPS Students Named Semi-Finalists in National Regeneron Science Talent Search
Two students attend Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet and one attends Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet
Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 10, 2019 – Three MNPS seniors have been recognized as some of the most outstanding student researchers in the country. Julia An, Samuel Lee, both of Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet and Ella Halbert, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, have been named Regeneron Science Scholar semi-finalists for 2019.
These MNPS students make up an elite group of winners -- only four students from Tennessee qualified for this distinction. All three students were recognized for their work with the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt’s (SSMV) senior class. (https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts).
Julia An (MLK) completed her project, “Identification and Characterization of Helicobacter Pylori Genes Regulating DNA Translocation and TLR9 Activation by the Cancer-Associated cag Type IV Secretion System,” with Richard Peek, Jr., MD, in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine.
Ella Halbert (Hume-Fogg) completed her project, “Temperature and infection modulate mosquito cellular immunity in an age-dependent manner,” with Julian Hillyer, PhD, in the Vanderbilt Department of Biological Sciences.
Samuel Lee (MLK) completed his project, “Investigating Upregulated Genes Contributing to the Survival of H. pylori Under Host-Induced Oxidative Stress,” with Holly M. Algood, Ph.D. in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine.
Julia and Samuel have been named to the Top 300 list - each has received a $2,000 scholarship and MLK will receive $4,000 ($2,000 in honor of each) to be used to enhance its science program.
Julia and Samuel are now competing to be named one of the Top 40 Regeneron Scholars (to be announced Jan. 23). Each Top 40 Scholar receives $25,000 and a trip to the final competition in Washington, D.C. in March. The top prize for the most promising emerging STEM leader in the United States is $250,000.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, founded and produced by Society for Science and the Public, is a premiere pre-collegiate science competition that began in 1942. This year, they received 1,964 applications. Only 300 were selected as semifinalists.
The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and offers high school students an interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience. SSMV students competing in this year’s competition are members of the class of 2019. This class of students will be the eighth to graduate from the program. The SSMV is currently accepting applications until February 15, 2019. For more information about the program please visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/cso/ssmv/
The SSMV has received funding from Vanderbilt University, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, and other generous donors.
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