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Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Senior Named Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Senior
Named Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search


The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is proud to announce that John F. Kennedy High School senior Vincy Mathew has been named among the 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search first round prizewinners. Formerly known as the Intel competition, the Regeneron Science Talent Search is the most competitive science research competition in the country.  It recognizes the most promising young scientists in the U.S., students who are creating ideas and solutions that solve the most urgent challenges.


“We are extremely proud of Vincy and applaud her dedication and diligence to her scientific research,” said Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis. “She is a very intelligent young woman with a bright future. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”


For her submission to the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Vincy approached Dr. Jeroen Smaers of the Anthropology and Sociology Department at Stony Brook University during her junior year. For her project, titled A Comparison of Cerebellar Lobules across Primates reveals the Evolutionary Seeds of Human Intelligence, Vincy reviewed over 7,000 MRI scans of cerebellums from 20 different species of primates. She was able to observe that the volume of certain lobules of the cerebellum correlated positively with the level of intelligence of the species.


Vincy will be awarded $2,000 from the Regeneron Science Talent Search with a matching amount going to the school. She is quick to acknowledge the assistance of her teachers: Mrs. O’Donnell, Mr. Tesar, Dr. Rauch, Ms. Fallon, and her guidance counselor Mr. Izzo. Vincy plans to study medicine in the future and has applied to various colleges and various affiliated medical programs. 


Vincy is now in the running to be named as one of 40 finalists that will head to Washington, D.C. in March to compete for the top prize of $250,000. The finalists will be announced on Jan. 24. In addition to just being named a 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar, she is also a finalist in the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. 


“Her transition from India to a new school and culture here in the U.S. during her sophomore year was challenging, but Vincy quickly assimilated,” said Joyce Barry, Science Chairperson at Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. “She immediately impressed her guidance counselor and teachers with her previous science and research experiences and joined POBJFKHS’s Independent Science Research program, in which she began working on various engineering, math and science research projects.”


The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District provides students with many STEM initiatives, programs and partnerships—including with Northwell Health and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine—giving students in all grades the unique opportunity to interact with medical professionals and learn about working in careers related to health and medical research.