RSI and USABO Alumni Named Regeneron Scholars

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McLean, VA (January 11, 2021) —The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is pleased to announce that 21 Research Science Institute (RSI) alumni and a USA Biolympiad (USABO) alumnus are among the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

“I’m elated that numerous RSI and USABO alumni continue to be represented among the top 300 scholars of this prominent academic and research competition. The RSI program is one of the most prestigious international summer research programs in the world for high school students. USABO is the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States.  These programs clearly prepare students for success,” said Joann DiGennaro, CEE’s President.

The RSI 2020 alumni named in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent search Top 300 scholars are: Sarah Chen, Phillips Academy, MA; Dev Chheda, Ardrey Kell High School, NC; Yunseo Choi, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH; Kenneth Choi, Ridgefield High School, CT; Owen Dugan, Dugan Homeschool, NY; Ishan Khare, Ottawa Hills High School, OH; Song Kim, William Henry Harrison High School, IN; Khushi Kohli, Olathe North High School, KS; Jessica Lee, Bergen County Academies, NJ; Marvin Li, James M. Bennett High School, MD; Anne Liang, duPont Manual High School, KY; Addison Liu, Unionville High School, PA; Daphne Liu, West High School, UT; Andrei Mandelshtam, University High School, CA; Sayalee Patankar, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, IL; Melanie Quan, Las Lomas High School, CA; Shreya Ramachandran, American High School, CA; Kaien Yang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA; Vivian Yee, International Academy, MI; Amy Zhou, William P. Clements High School, TX; and Alec Zhu,Lexington High School, MA.

The 2020 USABO alumnus who is among the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent search Top 300 scholars is: Victor Li, The Wheatley School, NY.

A list of their research project titles is here.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, and Singapore.

The full list of 2021 Regeneron STS scholars can be viewed here:

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.

About the Center for Excellence in Education 

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information, visit

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