Eastchester High School Senior Maho Toyomura spent 40 hours a week in a laboratory over the summer researching the role genetics play in alcoholism. Her perseverance paid off, and Regeneron named her one of the top scholars in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search. The program is the oldest and most prestigious science and math completion in the nation.
Toyomura is the first Eastchester student to be named a Regeneron Scholar in about a decade. She and Advanced Science Research Instructor Christian Gorycki received certificates recognizing the achievement.
"I am very honored to be a Regeneron Scholar," said Toyomura. "There is a lot of interest in gene editing now, and this study could start a whole new trajectory."
Three hundred students nationwide and 33 students from Westchester County received the distinction.
"I am very proud and impressed with Maho," said Supervisor of STEM Jerrod Blair. "The amount of hours she has put into this, as well as her dedication, is inspiring not only to the students in the Advanced Science Research Program but throughout the District."
Toyomura began her research during sophomore year, and entered the lab the summer between sophomore and junior years. She will present her findings at the Junior Science Research Symposium next month, The Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF) in March and the EHS Symposium in June.
Gorycki commended Toyomura for her commitment to her research. "All the work she has done is significant and could have a long-lasting impact on a cure of alcoholism.
Each semi-finalist received $2,000, and Eastchester High School will receive $2,000 for STEM-related activities.
Forty students will be chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C, in March for another round of judging. The finalists will be awarded at least $25,000 and the top 10 will earn between $40,000 and $250,000.
Engineering Fair (WESEF) in March and EHS Symposium in June.
Gorycki commended Toyomura for her commitment to her research. “All the work she has done is significant and has a long-lasting impact for a cure of alcoholism.
Each semi-finalist receives $2,000, and Eastchester
High School will receive $2,000 for STEM-related activities.