CTYer Benjamin FiresterCTYers were among the top winners in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, held March 13 in Washington, D.C. 

Benjamin Firester, an 18-year-old New York City student who has taken four summer courses and several online courses with CTY, won the first-place prize and a $250,000 scholarship for his project, “Modeling the Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Phytopthora infestans on a Regional Scale.” 

Firester developed a mathematical model to predict how disease and weather patterns could spread spores of the fungus that caused the Irish Potato Famine and still causes billions of dollars in crop damages each year.

Muhammad (Shahir) Rahman, a 17-year-old from Portland, Ore., who has taken two CTY Online Programs courses, won the fourth-place prize, a $100,000 scholarship, for his project, a “smart” microwave capable of heating different foods on the same plate to optimal temperatures without requiring user input.

Other top competition winners who are CTYers include fifth-place, $90,000 scholarship winner David Wu of Maryland, and seventh-place, $70,000 scholarship winner Vinjai Vale of New Hampshire.

Read the full press release here: https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts-2018-top-ten

And you can also read about CTYers Maggie Chen and Kavya Kopparapu in this recent Teen Vogue article about the Regeneron competition.

Image caption: CTYer Benjamin Firester, 18, of New York City won the top prize of $250,000 at the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Photo credit: Society for Science & the Public/Chris Ayers