Harrison High School’s Chanha Kim and Brian Siegel were recently named Regeneron Science Talent Search Semi-Finalists. The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science and the Public, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
Chanha and Brian were selected from 1,818 entrants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and six American and international high schools overseas. Each receives a $2,000 award. An additional $2,000 is awarded to Harrison High School in their honor. Their selection is based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.
The competition recognizes and empowers the nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to receive more than 100 of the world’s most esteemed science and math honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes, 11 National Medals of Science, two Fields Medals, and 18 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships. Guided by the belief that advances in science and engineering are key to solving global challenges, Society for Science & the Public founded the Science Talent Search in 1942, providing a national stage for the country’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
Chanha’s research entitled, “The Role of GAMMA DELTA T Cells in Human Intestinal Transplantation” and Brian’s research entitled, “Increasing Absorbance and Coupling of Visible Light Using Hyperbolic Metamaterials on Polystyrene Spheres” were recognized for the submission of a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based on independent science research. In addition, each was commended for extraordinary effort and dedication in the pursuit of scientific research.
After reading the announcement, Chanha expressed that being part of the fast-growing Harrison High School science research community always makes him proud. He said, “I am extremely happy especially because I never thought I would win. I entered the competition not to win or lose but rather to display my work and effort and to accumulate invaluable experiences. I have always been thankful for support from our science research program and faculty. They have gifted me with truly amazing experiences as well as challenges that developed me in ways not otherwise possible.” Brian added, “I can’t stop smiling. It is amazing and humbling and it feels nice knowing that months of work finally paid off.”
The District is equally proud of its highly dedicated and extraordinarily talented science research teachers, Allison Blunt and Randy Gunnell, and for the ongoing support of the Director of Science Joan O’Keeffe.