Regeneron STS Badging Criteria

In 2012-2013, Society for Science & the Public won a grant for $150,000 from the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, for the Society’s badge initiative. Learn more about the Mozilla Foundation's Open Badge Infrastructure initiative here.
 
The Society’s badge initiative features our premier high school science competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), which reward independent scientific and engineering research. This grant enabled the development of badge systems to improve academic achievement, economic opportunity, civic engagement, and opportunities for lifelong learning. The Society will continue to provide digital badges to participants and volunteers of the Regeneron STS and Intel ISEF.
 
Regeneron STS Badges
 
Completing a Regeneron STS application is not an easy task, but it is well worth the effort. In recognition of the time and energy successful Regeneron STS applicants put forth, all valid Regeneron STS entrants will receive a Regeneron STS Entrant Badge. This virtual badge will enable successful applicants to exhibit to peers, professional scientists, and universities the accomplishment of entering Regeneron STS. 
 
There are four other badges an entrant might earn with their Regeneron STS entry:
  • Regeneron STS Student Initiative Badge
  • Regeneron STS Scientific Research Report Badge
  • Regeneron STS Semifinalist Badge
  • Regeneron STS Finalist Badge
Students who are not selected as a top 300 scholar can still earn the Student Initiative and Scientific Research Report Badges by scoring well in those areas. Please note that the teacher of each eligible applicant listed in their application will also receive a Regeneron STS Teacher of Entrant Badge!
 
To earn a Regeneron STS Entrant Badge, the following must be true of an entry:
  • The entrant must be an eligible entrant, according to the Rules and Entry Instructions.
  • All portions of the application must be submitted, not just completed, prior to the deadline.
  • The application must be completed thoroughly, at the high level expected of a Regeneron STS Entry.
  • Entries submitted without complete, thoughtful responses, as determined by Regeneron STS Evaluators, will not earn badges.
  • The entry must pass an originality check, which ensures that it accurately cites sources and does not claim the work of others. 

The following badges are earned through the evaluation and judging by professionals in the many scientific disciplines of the research being presented. 

Regeneron STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research. 

Regeneron STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in her or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her. 

Regeneron STS Top 300 Scholar Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.  This designation is evidence of significant scientific creativity and scholastic aptitude. Colleges and universities have found that scholars are worthy of careful consideration by institutions seeking students who possess an active interest in scientific and scholarly research as well as superior academic ability.

Students who have been issued any of the above badges will receive an email with instructions on how to claim the badge. Claiming your badge is optional. You may also choose to display or keep your badge private once it is claimed.

Since entrants do not compete against each other for badges, but are rather awarded for the skill they represent, the number of badges awarded in any given year can vary and will not be posted.

If you have questions, please contact the Society at sts@societyforscience.org.