The Society for Science has announced that Joseph Clary, a senior at Caddo Parish Magnet High School, among the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Clary and Magnet High will both receive $2,000 for the honor.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 10 countries. Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, and Singapore.
Clary said the application process involved years of research and planning which resulted in a more than 100-page report. The research journey began in 2019 when he designed and built a 3D clinostat using a 3D printer. The 3D clinostat allows experimenters to study the effects of simulated microgravity on cells. The project even allowed him the opportunity to give it a test run in person at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Clary comes from a family with strong ties to science. His mother, Lynn Harrison, is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center. He credits her as inspiration into the field. Together, they wrote a grant to LaSPACE (NASA and Board of Regents consortium) which was awarded in Fall of 2020. As a result, Clary was able to build a similar machine used at the Kennedy Space Center for a fraction of the cost, allowing more labs access to the equipment.
Clary is also a perfect ACT student, National Merit Semifinalist, member of the S.M.A.R.T. club and Quiz Bowl. He dreams of becoming an engineer specializing in either aerospace or mechanics.