Two Mass Academy Students Named Scholars in Regeneron Science Talent Search
Only 300 students worldwide honored by this prestigious program.
Arul Rhik Mazumder and Diego Emilio Suchenski Loustaunau, seniors at Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), have been recognized by Society for Science as scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023. Only 300 students were selected for this honor from the 1,949 applications representing 627 high schools across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and four other countries. The scholars were chosen based on their outstanding research, leadership skills, community involvement, commitment to academics, creativity in asking scientific questions and exceptional promise as STEM leaders demonstrated through the submission of their original, independent research projects, essays and recommendations.
Rhik is from Boxborough, and his research is titled “An Adaptive Hybrid Quantum Algorithm for the Metric Traveling Salesman Problem.” Diego is a resident of Worcester, and his research is titled “In silico Design of Novel 2’FANA Oligonucleotides To Inhibit APOBEC3G.”
“We are incredibly proud of Rhik and Diego’s accomplishments in their respective areas of research, as well as their involvement in their school and local communities,” says Anne Ludes, Mass Academy Director. “We are so fortunate to have our amazing faculty and staff at Mass Academy who continually support students in their pursuit of academic excellence. Thank you to Dr. Kevin Crowthers, our STEM teacher, for providing authentic research opportunities for all our students.”
The Regeneron Science Talent Search recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are generating innovative solutions to solve significant global challenges through rigorous research and discoveries. It provides students with a national stage to present new ideas and challenge conventional ways of thinking. Now in its one hundred and first year, Society for Science has played a significant role in educating the public about scientific discoveries as well as in identifying future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. Regeneron has sponsored the Science Talent Search since 2017 as part of its deep commitment to STEM education and to supporting young scientists.
In addition to this year’s honorees, over the past decade Mass Academy has had students selected as scholars in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019.