Lincoln Park Academy Senior Haniya Shareef has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the 40 finalists will receive at least $25,000 in awards, and selection from the pool of highly qualified entrants was based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.


The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, focuses on identifying the next generation of scientists and engineers who will provide critical leadership in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges while shaping the future of research and development for our nation and the world.


Shareef will go to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. She will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share their projects with the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. While in D.C., this year’s finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in top awards. The top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000 for the first-place winner. Winners will be announced at a formal awards gala at the National Building Museum on March 14.


“The recognition alone says it all, said Henry Sanabria, Shareef’s principal.  “Being selected as one of the top 40 finalists is a direct result of Haniya’s hard work, dedication and passion for research.  Haniya has always demonstrated her love for science since she was in middle school.  Since sixth grade, she always excelled in Science Fair, which quite honestly, prepared her for opportunities such as this through middle school and high school. This is a true testament of her devotion to scientific research and helping to make the world a better place through her work.”


“The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and their projects address some of the most urgent challenges we face as a society. Our world has no greater or more important resource than these bright young minds,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and Science Talent Search winner (1976). “I have deep respect and appreciation for each student who conducted extensive scientific research and completed a Regeneron Science Talent Search application. I look forward to what the finalists will achieve, as they add to the list of world-changing accomplishments started by Science Talent Search alumni before them. It is my honor to congratulate and support these inspiring young people today.”


“This year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are some of the best and brightest young scientists and mathematicians in our country,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “Their projects demonstrate the remarkable power of scientific curiosity, commitment and the desire to make the world a better place. We are eager to see how they shape the future of STEM in our country and impact people all across the globe.”


Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states.


Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.


Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.


Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population.


For a list of this year’s finalists, visit




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