Indrani Das, an Indian-American high school student, in second week of March 2017 won the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search bagging the top award of USD 250000. Das won the prestigious high school science and mathematics competition for her new approach to neurological damage. The Indian-American teen is a student at the Academy for Medical Science Technology in Hackensack.
Aaron Yeiser, a senior at Perkiomen Valley High School, Pennsylvania, won the second place award of USD 175000. He grabbed the prize for his development of a new mathematical method to solve partial differential equations on complicated geometries. The third place was clinched by another Indian-American student, Arjun Srinivasan Ramani. He was awarded USD 150000 for blending the mathematical field of graph theory with computer programming to answer questions about networks.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search is a research-based science competition in the United States for high school seniors. For its first 57 years, the competition was known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. From 1988 to 2015, it was known as the Intel Science Talent Search. The competition has been referred to as “the nation’s oldest and most prestigious” science competition. Former US President George H. W. Bush, in his speech at the dinner honouring the 1991 winners, called the competition as the “Super Bowl of science.”