SAMMAMISH, WA — An Eastlake High School senior took residence major honors at a nationwide science contest, primary the pack of winners awarded in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Look for. Christine Ye, 17, of Sammamish, was awarded $250,000 for initially place, securing the highest reward in a industry of 40 finalists from throughout the nation.
In accordance to the Society for Science, Ye’s award-successful challenge analyzed gravitational waves emitted from neutron star collisions and black holes.
“By examining facts collected at the Laster Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), in which experts use info from these waves to evaluate astronomical objects, she set a novel precedent for modeling speedily-rotating neutron stars showing that a rapidly spinning neutron star could be extra massive, but still smaller sized than a black hole,” the modern society wrote.
At this year’s awards, winners took home more than $1.8 million combined and ended up honored at a ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Melissa Villaseñor. The leading 10 list of winners included a different Eastside pupil, with fifth place going to Neil Chowdhury, 18, of Bellevue, who was awarded $90,000.
“The Regeneron Science Talent Research winners give me hope for the long term, and I congratulate them on their large accomplishment,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Culture for Science. “For the 1st time in two yrs, we have been capable to collect in man or woman to rejoice the following generation of scientific leaders who are determined by curiosity and impressed to fix the world’s most intractable troubles. I am impressed by their scientific research and toughness of character.”