Trinity-Pawling Student Earns Top Science Honor

On January 9, 2019, The Society for Science & the Public announced that Trinity-Pawling student Ziqing (Tim) Wang ’19 has been named a top 300 scholar in the 78th national Science Talent Search sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,818 applicants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and six American and international high schools overseas. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists.

Tim Wang is a role model for his Trinity-Pawling classmates and an inspiration to the entire school community. This is an extraordinary accomplishment. Wang will receive $2,000. He could also be named as one of 40 Finalists, who each receive $25,000 and are invited to Washington, D.C., for the final competition in March. The top prize for the most promising emerging STEM leader in the United States is $250,000.

In 2017, Regeneron became the third sponsor (alongside Intel and Westinghouse) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its ten-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

On Jan. 23, announcement of the top 40 finalists of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists. These science scholars will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 8 – 14, when they will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron. The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are engaged in trailblazing scientific research that addresses some of our most urgent global challenges. This year, research projects cover topics from space science and bioinformatics to environmental science. While in the nation’s capitol, the finalists will undergo a rigorous judging process, interact with leading scientists, display their research for the public and meet with members of Congress. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala award ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13.