CEE Alum Receives Seaborg Award at 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)

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Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) Alum Receives Seaborg Award at 2019 Regeneron
Science Talent Search (STS)


McLean, VA, March 15, 2019-- Rachel Seevers, a 2018 alumnus of CEE’s Research Science Institute (RSI), received the 2019 Glenn T. Seaborg Award at the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.  Seevers, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar HS in Lexington, KY, was selected by her STS peers as the person who most embodies the qualities of Dr. Seaborg, a Nobel Laureate and former board chair of the Society for Science & the Public.  STS, a program of the Society since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious competition for high school seniors.

Seevers placed eighth in the nationwide competition, and received a $60,000 award for her project developing a Virtual Winglet, which works by ejecting high-speed air at the leading edge of the underside of a plane’s wingtip to potentially improve the stability and efficiency of the aircraft.  Watch Seevers’ Seaborg Award acceptance speech here.

Seaborg, a nuclear physicist, received a Nobel Award for Chemistry with Edwin McMillan in 1951 for their “discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements.”  Seaborg was actively involved in the Science Talent Search throughout his lifetime.  Regeneron co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., noted that Seaborg “was an exemplary man, honored the world over.  He was steadfast in his dedication to not only science, but also to education.  His life and manner continue to influence and inspire others. He was the STS judging chair and the Society board chair for decades, all the while serving as personal advisor to 10 U.S. Presidents.”

Seevers and Eshika Saxena of Bellevue, WA—who placed 10th and received a $40,000 award—were among 23 alumni of CEE’s RSI and USA Biology (USABO) programs that were awarded a combined $216,000 in prizes as 2019 Regeneron STS Scholars.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
TheCenterfor Excellencein Educationwas founded in 1983 bythe late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro,President of theCenter.TheCenter's mission is to nurturehigh school and universityscholars to careers ofexcellenceand leadership in science,technology, engineeringand mathematics, andto encouragecollaboration betweenandamongleaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include theResearch ScienceInstitute(RSI), theUSA BiologyOlympiad(USABO),and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).

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