Christine Ye ~ First Place ~ 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)

STS 2022 - Christine YeCongratulations Christine Ye awarded First Place and $250,000 for her Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 Exceptional Research on Neutron Star—Black Hole Systems, Narrowband Radar, and Ribosome Movement in Protein Translation

Christine Ye won first place and $250,000 for her project which analyzed the gravitational waves emitted from huge collisions between neutron stars (collapsed super-dense stars) and black holes. By analyzing data gathered at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), where scientists use data from these waves to measure astronomical objects, she set a novel precedent for modeling rapidly-rotating neutron stars; showing that a quickly spinning neutron star could be extra massive, but still smaller than a black hole.

Christine Ye STS 2022 Presentation  and Christine Ye STS 2022 Project

Christine Ye began her successful journey by participating in her local, state and international science fairs.

The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) congratulate Christine on her achievements.  Washington State Science and Engineering Fairs are premiere events allowing students to showcase their inquiry-based research, receive professional judging, earn awards and scholarships flowing into stellar science and engineering careers.  Click here for science fairs in your county 

More words of encouragement …

“The Regeneron Science Talent Search winners give me hope for the future, and I congratulate them on their tremendous success,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science, Publisher of Science News and 1985 Science Talent Search alumna. “For the first time in two years, we have been able to gather in person to celebrate the next generation of scientific leaders who are motivated by curiosity and inspired to solve the world’s most intractable problems. I am impressed by their scientific research and strength of character.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides a national stage for future leaders in STEM – bringing together the best and brightest young minds to present their original research ideas to world-class scientists. The competition celebrates the hard work, innovative thinking, and creativity of students who are bringing a fresh perspective to solving significant global challenges through rigorous research and cutting-edge discoveries. The judging panel also considers how these research efforts, innovative thinking and leadership qualities demonstrate the students’ ability to drive forward critical STEM fields in the future.

“Congratulations to the winners of the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022, and to all our impressive finalists. Each of the students are brilliant scientists and mathematicians, and each has the power to bring real, positive change to society and help address future existential challenges, whether it be climate change, genetic-based diseases or understanding the universe,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, and a winner of the 1976 Science Talent Search. “Having been a winner of the STS back in 1976, I can say from first-hand experience that this is only the beginning of a great path forward for our winners, finalists and scholars. Never stop being curious, never stop exploring and never stop looking for answers.”