Sydney McDonald, a member of the Class of 2017, earned one of 300 national Scholar designations in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the most prestigious science research competition nationally. Sydney is the second consecutive BHS student to earn this honor.
Sydney’s research project The Future of Prosthesis: The Design and Analysis of Artificial Muscle Comprised of Ionic-Polymer Metal Composites, has been the focus of her ongoing STEM Academy internship research. Sydney has designed, developed and analyzed artificial muscles for suitability as neural prosthesis based on their ability to receive and respond to electrical impulses.
As an STS Scholar, Sydney receives a $2,000 award and opportunity to be further considered as one of 40 National Finalists, who compete in Washington, DC in March. In addition, Bangor High School receives a $2,000 award to support further science research excellence at the school. As part of the Regeneron STS process, Sydney identified Mr. Cary James, Science Department Head and STEM Academy Director, as most influential in her research.
The daughter of Camille Morrison of Bangor, Sydney has been accepted early decision and will attend Harvard University in the fall.