Senior named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in nation


Kathy Fang

Senior Cynthia Chen, who has been named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in the nation. Cynthia was the only Harker student to receive this honor this year.

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

Senior Cynthia Chen was selected as one of 40 finalists in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest math and science research competition for high school seniors. 

Cynthia’s research focused on using computational methods to uncover patterns that predict cancer types. Her project was titled “Decoding Neural Networks: Discovery of Anti-Tumor B Cell Receptor Motifs Using a Novel Sequence-Based Computational Framework.”

Earlier this month, Cynthia and Joshua Zhou (12) were chosen as Regeneron scholars for their scientific research and projects. Cynthia’s finalist selection follows three finalists from the class of 2019, two in 2018 and three in 2017.

The 40 finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., in March and present their work to the public, which will be judged by leading scientists of the selection team. Each finalist is awarded at least $25,000 and can earn more if they place in the top 10 awards.

The full list of Regeneron finalists can be found here.