Mass Academy Senior Named Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search
Only 40 students worldwide were honored with this recognition.
Diego Emilio Suchenski Loustaunau, a senior at Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been recognized by Society for Science as a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023. Only 40 students were selected for this honor.
According to the Society for Science, “the finalists were chosen based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders. Finalists were selected by a national jury of professional scientists from a pool of 300 scholars, who were announced earlier this month. The scholars were chosen from a pool of over 1,900 highly-qualified entrants, all of whom completed an original research project and extensive application process.”
“Finalists will participate in a week-long competition in March 2023, during which they will undergo a rigorous judging process that goes beyond their own research to encompass other scientific disciplines and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. They will also have an opportunity to interact with leading scientists and share their research during a virtual “Public Day” event on March 12. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on March 14, streamed live from Washington, D.C.,” according to the press release.
“Congratulations to an exceptional group of Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 finalists,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, and a 1976 Science Talent Search finalist and top winner. “Inspiring and equipping the brightest minds to take on the world’s most pressing issues is one of the most important ways we can ensure the scientific advancements necessary to better our society. We know the future is bright for these young scientists and are excited to see the positive impact they will make.”
Diego is a resident of Worcester, and his research is titled “In silico Design of Novel 2’FANA Oligonucleotides To Inhibit APOBEC3G.”
“This recognition is a testament to Diego’s commitment to research and his community,” says Anne Ludes, Mass Academy Director. “We are proud of Diego for this accomplishment and for all that he does to make a positive impact on this world. And thank you to UMass Chan Medical School, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology department, and Dr. Celia Schiffer for their support of Diego in this endeavor.”