The Regeneron Science Talent Search. We like the sound of it. A year ago, you may remember how we lamented the end of Intel’s sponsorship of the world’s most prestigious science competition for high schoolers — the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). It was a sad day for high school science researchers. The competition has existed for 74 years and only two companies have sponsored it in essentially three-quarters of a century: Westinghouse and Intel. But today, with great delight, we report that a third company will continue to carry this torch, a torch that lights the way for our young people to make advances in the sciences in this young century.
That company will be Regeneron. Regeneron has, accordingly, renamed the competition the Regeneron Science Talent Search. As per “Student Science,” “Regeneron [will be] committing $100 million to support the Science Talent Search and other Society programs through 2026. As part of its commitment, Regeneron is nearly doubling the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually, increasing the top award to $250,000, and doubling the awards for the top 300 young scientists and their schools to $2,000 each. During its history, the Science Talent Search has provided more than $25 million in awards to over 8,500 students and schools. Regeneron is led by two alums of the Science Talent Search, Chief Executive Officer Leonard Schleifer and Chief Scientific Officer George D. Yancopoulos.” We loved that last tidbit — as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places you’ll go!
Credit is due to Regeneron for sponsoring the Science Talent Search, the paramount science research competition for high school students since 1942.
Ivy Coach salutes Regeneron for enthusiastically carrying this important torch, for continuing the tradition, and legacy, of the world’s most prestigious science competition for high school students. And we of course would be remiss not to salute Intel for their 16 years of stewardship of this competition. Oh and thanks for naming Brian of our firm a semi-finalist right at the beginning of your stewardship!