Trinity-Pawling student Tim Wang ’19

In January, Trinity-Pawling senior Ziqing “Tim” Wang was named 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! Wang was selected from over 1,800 applicants from 555 high schools across the United States. He and his fellow scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists.

The research that led Wang to this extraordinary accomplishment began in his junior year at Trinity-Pawling. His topic: photo degredation of organic pollutants for water treatment solutions. Wang’s motivation behind his research topic centers on the lack of clean water in many parts of our world. “Water is limited in 2/3 of the world,” Wang explained in a presentation to classmates. “500 million people live where water consumption exceeds the renewable water resources and they’ve become dependent on getting their water from other places. But over 80% of that water is provided without proper treatment. Treating water to be safe for consumption can solve this problem and we must find a way to do it sustainably.”

Wang’s conclusions point to safer, more efficient, and eco-friendly processes for treating water. He plans to continue his research in the coming months, particularly focused on the various real-world applications of his findings.

Trinity-Pawling faculty, staff, and students applaud Wang for his outstanding work and celebrate his selection in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. “This is a tremendous honor for Tim,” concluded science teacher Mike Webber. “He has put so much work into his research and we are all extremely proud of him.” Congratulations, Tim!

by Emma Christiantelli