Seniors Earn National Science Talent Search Honors

Garrett Blum '20 and Parker Ernst '20 were named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars for their original scientific research. They represent two of the four winners in the state of Ohio and were among 300 students nationwide to receive the semifinalist award, one of the highest honors a high school student can receive in science! 

Garrett’s scientific research is about honeycomb structures as a helmet liner material and the use of artificial neural network modeling to predict helmet liner safety for known and experimental helmet liner materials. His research was done under the guidance of Ron Szalkowski, the director of Product Development and Research Collaboration at Team Wendy.
Parker’s scientific research is about the protection of retinal cells from light-induced apoptosis. His research was done under the guidance of Dr. Shigemi Matsuyama at the Matsuyama Lab at Case Western Reserve University.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. The nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, Regeneron is a program of the Society for Science & the Public and provides students a national stage to present original research that brings a fresh perspective to significant global challenges..
“I am so incredibility proud of Garrett and Parker for their dedication to their research and their unwavering devotion to science,” said advisor Dr. Sara Laux, director of Science Research at US. “These are well-deserved awards!”
Each Regeneron Scholar receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his school. Forty finalists will be announced on Jan. 22.
    • Parker Ernst, Dr. Sara Laux, Garrett Blum

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