Amogh Bhatnagar ’20 and Afiya Quryshi ’20 Named Regeneron Scholars

Amogh Bhatnagar ’20 and Afiya Quryshi ’20 have both been named Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars, part of a select group of 300 students nationwide. They were selected from nearly 2,000 students nation-wide who submitted innovative research projects for the annual competition. The scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional scientific promise, excellent academic record, and outstanding recommendations from teachers and other scientists.

Bhatnagar’s project is titled “Methodology Demonstration of a Cost-Effective Comparison of Procedures Using Open and Laparoscopic Appendectomy: Total Charges vs Hospital Stay.” Quryshi’s is titled “GATA4 and GATA6 CRISPR Cas-9 and shRNA Technology to Investigate Human Gastric Development and Disease Using Human Organoid Model Systems.”

From this select pool of 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $250,000.

There were only three Wisconsin students named as Regeneron scholars this year, and University School of Milwaukee is the only school in the Midwest to have more than one student named as a 2020 scholar. This is the fourth year in a row that USM students have been selected as scholars. Last year, Aayush Karan ’19 was named one of 40 Regeneron finalists and traveled to Washington, D.C. to present his work to the public and meet with notable scientists.

About Regeneron
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, founded and produced by Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious math and science competition for high school seniors. This year’s scholars were selected on the basis of their exceptional scientific promise, excellent academic record and outstanding recommendations from teachers and other scientists. From this select pool of 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $250,000.

“These exceptional students are true leaders and innovators — the top young scientists in our country today. They have an enthusiasm and passion for STEM that I know will inspire them to do amazing things as they head to college and beyond,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News.
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