LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rachel Seevers, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, finished in the top 10 of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
She placed eighth and received a $60,000 award for her project developing a virtual winglet, which works by ejecting high-speed air at the leading edge of the underside of a plane’s wingtip to potentially improve the stability and efficiency of the aircraft. Seevers also received the Glenn T. Seaborg Award, as voted on by her fellow finalists.
Seevers, who is in the Math, Science & Technology Center special program at Dunbar, plans a college major in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on aerospace engineering.
The 40 finalists, culled from a pool of nearly 2,000 highly qualified entrants, were selected based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists. They spent a week in Washington, D.C., for judging and networking. The top winners were announced at a March 12 black-tie gala at the National Building Museum.