West Lafayette HS senior places 3rd in national science contest

A West Lafayette High School senior is $150,000 richer after placing third in a national science competition. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette High School senior is $150,000 richer after placing third in a national science competition.

Arjun Ramani was one of 40 finalists for the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Ramani is now back from Washington, D.C. after going through a three-day judging process. His project combines math and computer programming to make connections inside large data sets.

Ramani said the opportunity to go to West Lafayette High School opened many doors for him.

“The professor I worked with, David Gleich, he is a Purdue professor. Without him, none of this research would’ve happened,” Ramani said. “Obviously, Purdue being located next to West Lafayette and having that location was very important for all of this.”

His mentor Gleich is very proud of his accomplishment.

“I’m just super excited that he is able to take advantage of these opportunities,” Gleich said. “He is going to do great things in the future, and I really do look forward to watching him solve the world’s greatest problems.”

Ramani still hasn’t decided where to spend his scholarship money. He is likely choosing between Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for college, but Ramani says Purdue is still on his short list.