Jericho HS student wins prestigious Regeneron Young Scientist Award
A Jericho High School student has won the top prize at the 2021 Regeneron Young Scientist Award.
Catherine Kim, a student at Jericho High School, has been awarded the prestigious Regeneron Young Scientist Award, which not only honors Kim for her scientific research, it also comes with a $50,000 scholarship.
"Never in a million years did I think I would place first in my category, let alone win the Regeneron Young Scientist Award," said Kim.
Kim created a computer program that predicts how multiple medications may react negatively in the body. Kim says she was inspired after watching her father take several different medications.
"It was kind of when I realized that a lot of people don't think of the potential side effects of taking multiple medications simultaneously - that's really what inspired me," she said.
School officials say more than 1,400 research projects were entered into this international contest, and for Kim to place in the top three is amazing.
Dr. Serena McCalla, her science teacher at Jericho High School, says the honor is especially outstanding because Kim achieved it during the pandemic.
"Catherine is a phenomenal example of a young woman who saw an obstacle and did not let the obstacle stop her," said McCalla.
Kim will continue to her scientific studies at Brown University, where she plans to study multiple medications and COVID-19.