Thirty-eight California students were among the top 300 scholars named and awarded in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021.

Thirty-eight California students were among the top 300 scholars named in the Regeneron Science Talent 2021. Each student will receive a $2,000 award and their schools will also receive $2,000.

The competition doesn’t end with the top 300. On Jan. 21, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. From March 10-17, all 40 finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron, including the top prize of $250,000.

More than 1,700 high school seniors entered the original research competition, which judged them on research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists.

The winners are from 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 10 foreign countries.

The California winners tackled topics such as medicine, the environment, and technology.

The goal of the Regeneron Science Talent Search is to identify, inspire, and engage the nation’s most promising young scientists to solve society’s most urgent challenges. The Society for Science program has been held every year since 1942.

“The remarkable drive, creativity and intellectual curiosity that each one of these scholars possesses represents a hopeful outlook for our future and our collective wellbeing,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science. “At a time when many students’ educational experiences are being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am incredibly humbled to see gifted young scientists and engineers eager to contribute fresh insights to solving the world’s most intractable problems.”

Originally published at Patch