Westfield’s Suvin Sundararajan among top 300 student scientists


WESTFIELD – Society for Science announced that Suvin Sundararajan, a student at Westfield High School, was among the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Sundararajan will receive $2,000, and Westfield High School will receive $2,000.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as
scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, and Singapore.

Here is what his teachers have to say about Suvin:

Jon Tyler: Suvin Sundararajan is a phenomenal student, hard-working and well-respected by peers and
teachers alike. He has been conducting independent research projects each of his years at Westfield High
School, recently working at the UMass Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. He has
presented his research and won prestigious awards at the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair as
well as the International Science and Engineering Fair. His recent achievement being named as a top 300
scholar at the Regeneron Science Talent Search is well-deserved and additional recognition of Suvin’s

Chrissy Smith: Suvin is an exceptional student for many reasons, but what I find especially impressive is
his genuine curiosity and passion for the process of scientific discovery. Many students (and scientists!)
would be discouraged by an unexpected result, but Suvin is delighted and inspired to find out more.
The full list of scholars can be viewed here:

The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides students with a national stage to present original research
and celebrates the hard work and discoveries of young scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to
significant global challenges. This year, research projects cover topics from bioinformatics to public
health and energy efficiency.

“The remarkable drive, creativity and intellectual curiosity that each one of these scholars possesses
represents a hopeful outlook for our future and our collective wellbeing,” said Maya Ajmera, president
and CEO of Society for Science, Publisher of Science News and 1985 Science Talent Search alum. “At a
time when many students’ educational experiences are being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am
incredibly humbled to see gifted young scientists and engineers eager to contribute fresh insights to
solving the world’s most intractable problems.”

“An exceptional group of student leaders and innovators comprise this year’s Regeneron Science Talent
Search scholars, with an array of projects that demonstrate the power of science,” said Hala Mirza, Senior
Vice President of Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron. “We are honored to celebrate
the next generation of young scientists and inventors who can elevate the STEM community and our
broader society through their high-quality research and novel discoveries. These are the inspiring problem
solvers who will help address the current and future challenges facing our world.”

On Jan. 21, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. From
March 10-17 all 40 finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards provided by Regeneron.

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