Student Named National Finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search

Student Named National Finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search
Posted on 01/31/2018

Clear Brook High School student, Syamantak Payra, was named as one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search focuses on identifying, inspiring and engaging the nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. Payra was chosen out of more than 1,800 entries for his potential medical breakthrough invention, the Smart Bionic Leg Brace, which detects a wearer’s walking gait and actively bends the nonfunctional leg to increase mobility and decrease pain.

According to the Society for Science & the Public, the finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14, where they will undergo a rigorous judging process and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. They will also have the opportunity to interact with leading scientists, meet with members of Congress and display their projects to the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. The finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13.

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