Congratulations are in order for Hathaway Brown seniors Madeline Howarth and Zoë Solt, who achieved semifinalist status in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for 2017. These two members of Hathaway Brown's signature Science Research & Engineering Program are among only 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars selected from 1,749 applicants hailing from 527 high schools in 46 states and seven American and international high schools overseas. The scholars were selected on the basis of their exceptional promise as scientists, excellent record of academic achievement and outstanding recommendations from teachers and other scientists. Regeneron STS scholars receive $2,000 and are in the running to become one of the top 40 Finalists, who will be announced on Tuesday, January 24. Only four Ohio students earned this scholar designation this year. (For the full list of scholars, please click here.)
Madeline conducts research in the Neurosciences Department at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Zigmond and postdoc Dr. Jon Niemi. Her research focuses on identifying cellular responses that occur after peripheral nerve injury in order to aid in recovery and how these responses could be used to aid in central nervous system recovery in the future.
Zoë has worked with Dr. Jesse Berezovsky and Robert Badea in the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University for two and a half years for her project on "Domain Wall Motion in Concave Ferromagnetic Nanowires." She studied various nanowire geometries to identify the best structure to facilitate spin-based electronics starting with computer simulations and progressing to actual fabrication of concave permalloy nanowires.