LOWER MERION, PA -- A Harriton High School senior student by the name of Samuel Weissman was recently named a top-300 scholar in the 78th Annual Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS).

The STS is the oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition open to high school seniors in the United States.

More than 2,000 students throughout the nation applied for the competition, and Weissman was selected for his project titled "Massive Longitudinal HIV Sequencing in Two Subjects on Antiretroviral Therapy Reveals Opposing Selection Pressures on Treatment Resistant Reservoir and Suggests New Drug Targets."

Sign Up for E-News

The top-300 scholars are selected determined by their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. Each scholar receives a $2,000 award and an additional $2,000 which goes to their respective school to use towards STEM-related activities.

Being named a top-300 scholar, Weissman has also earned himself the opportunity to be named one of 40 finalists of the STS, who are invited to Washington, D.C. for the final competition in March, along with a $25,000 prize.

Alumni of the Regeneron Science Talent Search have gone on to have world-changing careers in science and earn more than 100 of the most esteemed science and math honors.

These honors include 13 Nobel Prizes, 42 National Academy of Sciences Members, 19 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 13 National Medals of Science and five Breakthrough Prize Winners.

"Regeneron congratulates this year's Science Talent Search scholars, who have applied deep curiosity and rigorous research skills to the important scientific questions of today," said Hala Mirza, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron.

"These students are the future leaders of tomorrow and are using innovative thinking to improve the world. We hope their achievements will inspire young people to engage with STEM."