SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Perkiomen Valley High School senior Aaron J. Yeiser won second place Tuesday night (March 14, 2017) in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search, an honor accompanied by a $175,000 award, the Philly.com news website reported. In addition to his regular studies, Yeiser spent that past year Yeiser spent last year developing a new method to analyze turbulent air flow.
Philly.com writer Tom Avril described the feat as “a heavy-duty math project that most of his fellow 18-year-olds – heck, most anybody – can only begin to comprehend.”
The awards are presented annually by the Washington DC-based Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization that it says is “focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.”
“More than 1,700 high school seniors entered the Regeneron competition, of which 40 were named finalists in January, including Yeiser,” Avril wrote. “They have spent the past several days in Washington, undergoing a final round of judging and sharing their projects with the public at the National Geographic Society.
The first-place winner, a 17-year-old New Jersey student, claimed a $250,000 prize for a potential treatment for brain cells that are dying because of injury or neurodegenerative disease.