Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science student Jason Zhang has been named a 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, founded and produced by Society for Science, is the nation’s oldest science and math competition for high school seniors.

Zhang was one of 300 seniors in the nation to earn this recognition. The Regeneron scholars were selected from 1,760 applicants. The scholars were selected based on their research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

“It is a great honor to be named as a 2021 Regeneron STS scholar,” Zhang said. “From this competition, I gained valuable research skills, from reading what other scientists have done in my field, designing experiments to test a hypothesis, collecting data and interpreting those data to support or reject my hypothesis. I will use the research skills I have learned from my research with WKU Department of Chemistry’s Dr. Yongming Deng as I continue pursuing research opportunities in college.”

Forty of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. In March, the 40 finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.