Ladue Horton Watkins High School recent alumna Julia Wang 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 entered the competition this year. Julia graduated in December 2017.
Julia’s project for the competition centered around the idea of improving health tracking devices—giving them more capabilities than they currently offer. These devices can measure heart rate continuously, but not blood pressure. For her project, Julia spent about a year working in Dr. Lan Yang’s lab at Washington University developing a sensor that could detect pulse shape and body temperature for a continuous period.
For Julia, the idea came to her first. Once she was up and running, she decided to submit her project to a competition that seemed to fit it perfectly. That competition was Regeneron.
“Julia is one of the nicest, most intelligent people I know, and that combination can be rare,” Associate Principal Liz Grana said. “All of us here at the high school are looking forward to seeing the good work this young lady will accomplish.”
Julia will receive $2,000, and the school will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.
The Regeneron Science Competition has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners to date.