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Sachem East Student Earns Regeneron Scholar Honors

Sachem High School East senior Vincent Zhang has been named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar by the Society for Science & the Public. Vincent was one of 300 esteemed young scientists selected from a group of 1,964 applicants spanning 601 high schools in 48 states, two U.S. territories and eligible students living in seven other countries.

Vincent’s research, “MRI Texture Analysis for Detection of Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients,” was among submission topics ranging from medicine and health to bioengineering, physics, genomics, mathematics, material science and behavioral science. Scholars were selected based on their extraordinary research abilities, commitment to academics and innovative thinking.

“What is most impressive about this accomplishment is that Vincent has already gained recognition for the work he has done at the Garcia Polymer Lab, and now he has attained national recognition for his work with breast cancer at Stony Brook Medical School’s Radiology Lab,” Sachem High School East science research teacher Dr. Michael Vaccariello said. “In the 17 years that I have been a science research teacher, these combined accomplishments are truly unprecedented.”

Later this month, 40 student-scientists will be selected as Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists, who will compete this March in Washington, D.C., for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.


Photo courtesy of the Sachem Central School District

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