HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Iolani School senior Davey Huang is a strong contender for a national science and math prize that could garner him bragging rights and a fair chunk of change.
Huang, a straight-A student, is one of 40 national finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a prestigious competition that dates back more than 80 years.
"They're going to do judging interviews that you're not aware of on random science topics," Huang said. "It should be pretty fun."
The first place winner will get $250,000.
Huang's project, a software he developed to detect genetic disorders before in-vitro fertilization, outperformed almost 2,000 other teenagers across the country. The software he wrote examines time-lapse videos of human embryos as they develop in in-vitro fertilization, and can spot genetic disorders before the embryo is implanted.
Last year, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development awarded Huang $10,000 for the same study.
"Davey is incredibly passionate and driven about research," said Yvonne Chan, Iolani's chair of research science. "He has the capability to read really complex scientific papers and understand them, and then also apply that knowledge," she said.
He hopes to do well in the competition and use the winnings to help pay for his college education.
"I've gotten early admissions from MIT and Stanford, which are two really great universities for this type of research," Huang said.
Next week, Huang and other finalists will present their projects to the judges and the top 10 will be announced at a black tie gala.