Mass Academy Student Named Scholar in 2024 Regeneron Science Talent Search
Only 300 students worldwide honored by this prestigious program.
Isabella Palit, a senior at Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been recognized by Society for Science as scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024. Only 300 students were selected for this honor from the 2,162 applications from 720 high schools across 46 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and ten 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.
Isabella is from Northborough, and her research is titled “Developing 2D and 3D Models of Human Myometrium To Improve Understanding of Intramural Uterine Leiomyoma Pathology and Study Potential Risk Factors.” Her advisors for this project were Dr. Catherine Whittington, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at WPI, and Dr. Kevin Crowthers, STEM teacher at Mass Academy.
“We are incredibly proud of Isabella’s accomplishments, as well as her involvement in the school and local communities,” says Anne Ludes, Mass Academy Director. “Isabella is co-president of Mass Academy’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers Next and dedicates her time to promoting and advocating for STEM education. We are so fortunate to have amazing faculty and staff at Mass Academy and WPI who continually support students in their pursuit of academic excellence. Thank you to Dr. Kevin Crowthers and Dr. Catherine Whittington for providing authentic research opportunities for 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. The competition provides students with a national stage to present new ideas and challenge conventional ways of thinking.
Now in its 102nd year, The Society has played a significant role in educating the public about scientific discoveries as well as in identifying future leaders in STEM. Regeneron has sponsored the Science Talent Search since 2017 as part of its deep commitment to supporting young scientists and future scientific innovation.
In addition to this year’s honoree, over the past decade Mass Academy has had students selected as scholars in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2023.