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St. Johns County Junior Wins $20,000 Scholarship

Nease High School junior Nathan Georgette was recently awarded a $20,000 scholarship to the college of his choice at the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Now in its 57th year, the world’s largest pre-college science competition had more than 1,200 projects and 1,500 students from 50 countries and territories.

Nathan was one of only four students selected to receive the portable undergraduate scholarship sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. Recipients must be U.S. citizens and agree to major in science, math engineering or technology. His winning project, titled “Dynamic Herd Immunity Threshold Modeling,” created a model for predicting the rate of infectious disease outbreak under varying circumstances. The goal of his project was to provide more effective allocation of medical resources.

In addition to the scholarship, Nathan also received a paid 10-week summer research internship with the Department of Homeland Security that can be completed during any summer he is in college. He also received $500 for placing fourth in the Medicine and Health category at the Grand Awards Ceremony.