Sugar land teen wins $100,000 science prize

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Byron Xu, 17, of Sugar Land received a $100,000 award for his examination of marine seismic data – the reflections of sound waves – with the goal of calculating ocean water temperatures in more detail than current techniques allow.

Byron Xu, 17, of Sugar Land recently won fourth place and $100,000 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, founded and produced by Society for Science and the Public.

Byron examined marine seismic data, the reflections of sound waves, with the goal of calculating ocean water temperatures in more detail than current techniques allow. An accomplished violinist, Byron performs with the All-Region orchestras.

“Congratulations to Byron on being named a top winner in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science and the Public and Publisher of Science News. “As climate science continues to grow in importance, research like Byron’s will be vital to advancing our understanding of this global challenge.”

Of more than 1,700 high school seniors who entered the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, roughly 300 were named scholars in January. Of those scholars, 40 students were named finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 10 awards, meet with national leaders and share their projects with the public at the National Geographic Society.

These students join the ranks of other Science Talent Search alumni who have gone on to receive more than 100 of the world’s most esteemed science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

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