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Dunbar senior advances in 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search

Saisha Dhar Saisha Dhar of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is among the top 300 scholars in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for seniors. She will receive a $2,000 award and Dunbar $2,000 for STEM-related activities. Kentucky boasts four semifinalists this year.

Organizers chose these top students from 1,760 applications across 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 10 countries. The criteria included exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists. Saisha’s project is “The Role of Apoptosis Signal-Regulating Kinase 1 (ASK1) in Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury.”

On Jan. 21, organizers will announce the 40 finalists to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. Each student is guaranteed at least $25,000 and the top award in March is $250,000.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides students with a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and discoveries of young scientists who bring a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. The latest student projects cover topics from bioinformatics to public health to energy efficiency.

(Posted Jan. 7, 2021)