Roslyn HS senior named finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition

Jacob Gross was named a finalist for this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition.

Jon Dowding

Mar 7, 2024, 3:10 AM

Updated 46 days ago

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A Roslyn High School senior will compete in one of the nation's top competitions and have his work judged by leading scientists in Washington, D.C. next week.
Jacob Gross was named a finalist for this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition.
Regeneron is the nation's most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
"The scientific method was just really attractive,” he said. “It's a way to ask a question and then not Google an answer or ask somebody else, but answer the question, that hasn't potentially been answered yet, yourself."
His research focused on finding a better way to make a COVID-19 antibody combination to protect and treat those at high risk of contracting the virus.
"By making these combinations more effective, it's essentially helping those who need these treatments,” said Gross.
He spent years putting together his research project and says he couldn't have done it without his teacher Allyson Weseley.
"He has an incredible scientific mind and just like an unquenchable thirst for information, and he's going to ask a million questions,” she said.
Gross isn't the only Long Island high school senior who's been named a finalist. Natasha Kulviwat from Jericho Senior High School and Vincent Huang from Syosset High School will also head to Washington, D.C. for the competition.
"It'll be exciting to be able to talk to some amazing scientists and learn from them through this process of questioning and I'm also excited to meet the other finalists,” said Gross.
The top 40 finalists receive a $25,000 award and will compete for the top award of $250,000. All the award money must be used on the finalists’ education.


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