Lower Merion High School's Alex Zhang was recently named a top-300 scholar in the 80th Annual Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) – the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Zhang was selected out of more than 1,760 applicants from 611 high schools throughout the nation for his project entitled "On Subalgebra-Forming Conditions of Rings of Formal Power Series."
"Within math, there are algebraic expressions known as formal power series that are pretty similar to polynomials," explained Zhang. "There are also certain algebraic structures called rings that can be made up of formal power series. In my project, I studied different types of conditions restricting the types of formal power series that could be present within some of these rings, and I was able to find certain types of conditions within such rings necessary to form other algebraic structures known as subalgebras."
Each scholar – selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists - receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school to use towards STEM-related activities. As a top-300 scholar, Zhang has also earned himself the opportunity to be named one of 40 finalists, who each will receive a $25,000 prize and are invited to Washington, D.C. for the final competition in March.
STS alumni have gone on to have world-changing careers in science and earn more than 100 of the most esteemed science and math honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes, 42 National Academy of Sciences Members, 19 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 13 National Medals of Science and five Breakthrough Prize Winners.
"An exceptional group of student leaders and innovators comprise this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars, with an array of projects that demonstrate the power of science," said Hala Mirza, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron. "We are honored to celebrate the next generation of young scientists and inventors who can elevate the STEM community and our broader society through their high-quality research and novel discoveries. These are the inspiring problem solvers who will help address the current and future challenges facing our world."
On January 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.