Beining (Cathy) Zhou, a VI Former from China and Australia, has been named a top 300 scholar in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)—the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. A total of 1,760 students around the country entered the competition this year, which is held under the auspices of the Society for Science.
The project Zhou submitted to STS was entitled "High-Order Sensor Array Geometries for Improved Direction of Arrival Estimation in Signal Processing." She designed a model to position signal sensors and significantly improved efficiency when detecting where a signal is coming from. There were also applications such as GPS navigation, transportation, astronomical predictions, much more. In her submission, she included a full research paper and answered a series of questions concerning her motivation for the project and its potential social impact.
"This honor is really meaningful to me," said Zhou, "as many professionals in the field saw value in my research I'm also super grateful for my teachers in St. Mark's STEM Fellowship program: Mr. Valitutto, who has guided this project and my previous research project tirelessly, and Ms. Lohwater, who has taught me a lot about the research process in general."
For placing in the top 300 out of more than 1,700 applicants, Zhou will receive $2,000, and St. Mark's will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.
The STS process is ongoing, with the top 40 out of the 300 being announced on January 21 and the top prize for the most promising emerging STEM leader in the United States being announced in March.