Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Society for Science & the Public concluded this year’s national Science Talent Search, a contest which since it’s founding in 1942 has seen participation by thirteen future Nobel Prize winners. This year, at a black tie gala in Washington, D.C., finalist Skyler Jones of Ossining found out that she made this year’s Top Ten.
Jones’ project, Large Polaron Formation as a Charge Carrier Protection Mechanism in MAPbBr3 and CsPbBr3 Perovskite Crystals, identified key elements in the atomic structure of crystals that make them highly efficient semiconductors, and suggested replicating these properties could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells. This project won Jones Eighth Place, and with it a prize of $60,000.
“Now more than ever the world needs brilliant young minds like Skyler’s to continue to develop more effective and less expensive sources of energy,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, and publisher of Science News.
Jones, 17, previously co-authored a paper published in the journal Science Advances. She is a also member of the Ossining High varsity track and swim teams, works at the Ossining Library, and co-captains a Relay for Life Team.