Science Scholars

In early January, Canyon Crest Academy student Alina Pollner (above left) and Torrey Pines High School student Daniel Liu (above right) were named among the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, selected from 1,993 applications from 659 high schools across 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and eight countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists. Alina was recognized for her project, Novel Strategy to Increase Fruit Production via CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Engineering, and Daniel was recognized for his project, Adversarial Point Perturbations on 3D Objects. Each student, as well as their school, will be awarded $2,000 each.

“We are inspired by the incredible energy and passion of every scholar who is using research to make the world a better place,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public. “These young students will be the key to unlocking solutions to many of our world’s most pressing challenges.”

On Jan. 22, Alina was named one of 40 finalists chosen from the 300 scholars. She will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to compete for more than $1.8 million in awards.

Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a Society for Science & the Public program since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, focused on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the most promising young scientists in the country. Learn more at