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SERC Student Named Regeneron Scholar
SERC Student Named Regeneron Scholar

Senior Jasmine Terrones has been named a Top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. More than 1,800 students nationwide entered the competition this year, and being selected as one of the top 300 is a significant honor.

Jasmine's research examines possible adverse health effects of sustained exposure to WiFi radiation. To begin exploring this question, she developed an experiment to assess the cellular-level effects of continuous WiFi exposure on the common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). Jasmine explains that a new generation of fruit flies is produced every 20 days, making it possible to study any potential effect over the course of several generations within a compressed timeframe.

Jasmine's research advisor, Dr. Isabelle Cohen, notes, "As a student in our SERC program, Jasmine exemplifies the innovation and creativity that are foundational to success in scientific research. I have been impressed by her hard work and dedication throughout this project, and I am struck by her humility upon receiving national recognition for her work. It is well deserved, and I am thrilled for her."

As a result of being named a Top 300 Scholar, Jasmine will receive a $2,000 award. The Potomac School will also receive $2,000, to be used in support of STEM education. Later this month, the Regeneron Science Talent Search will name this year's 40 finalists, who will compete in Washington, DC, in March. We congratulate Jasmine on her accomplishment and wish her continued success!