A Bridge to Academic Excellence: Upper School Senior Named One of Top 300 Scholars in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search

Upper School student, Jack B. (‘21), was recently named as one of the top 300 Scholars by the Regeneron Science Talent Search.  This is the USA’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Jack earned prize money for both himself and for our school.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Singapore.

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 are bringing a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. This year, research projects cover topics from bioinformatics to public health and energy efficiency.

Jack B. earned this coveted award for the same research paper that was published earlier this year in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Omega journal and presented virtually at the ACS National Meeting. His research paper is called "Conjugation of Carboxylated Graphene Quantum Dots with Cecropin P1 for Bacterial Biosensing Applications," and the abstract and full text can be found here.

ACS Omega is a peer-reviewed professional academic journal produced by the American Chemical Society. His research topic investigated the use of conjugated graphene quantum dots as biosensors for the detection of small amounts of bacteria in water samples. 

Jack created both a laboratory-based fluorescence assay and a field-deployable absorbance-based test. Nearly all of Jack’s research was completed in the TAS Sandy R. Puckett Memorial research laboratory as part of his scientific research classes.

Mr. Jude Clapper, Director of Scientific Research at TAS, is proud of Jack's accomplishments and wants to help contextualize this achievement. "I know that when I was in graduate school, I was excited to have my research published," said Clapper. "I can only imagine how Jack feels now when he sees his high school science research project published in a peer-reviewed journal." 

This is the fourth time that a TAS student has been named a Regeneron (formerly Westinghouse and Intel) Science Talent Search Scholar, which makes TAS the most decorated International School for this award.