The Society for Science and the Public selected Dreher High School senior Anthony Androulakis as a top 300 Scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors.
Anthony is being recognized for his investigative research (formally entitled "Identifying the Neuroanatomical Correlates of Melodic Repetition Using a Novel Computerized Assessment in Stroke Patients") on stroke patients. Essentially, he developed two computer programs to encode melodies sung by 47 stroke patients. Using his programs, he analyzed how closely the stroke patients could repeat original melodies that had been played for them. He then studied brain scans of these patients to determine which areas of their brains had been damaged by stroke, hoping to connect impairments in repeating the melodies with the specific areas of brain damage. His goal is to help to treat stroke patients.
As a Science Talent Search Scholar, Anthony will receive a $2,000 prize and $2,000 will be given to Dreher to use toward STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related activities. Nationwide, nearly 2000 students entered the competition. Anthony is one of only two South Carolina students selected to receive this honor this year.
Anthony will be notified later this month if he is chosen as one of 40 student finalists invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for awards, including the top award of $250,000.
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