Braden Milford named a top young scientist
Cascia Hall Preparatory School senior was selected as one of 40 finalists from around the country in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
Braden Milford with his research project, a patent-pending water treatment system
Braden Milford, a senior at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, was selected as one of 40 finalists from around the country in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the oldest and most prestigious science competition for high-school seniors.
“This is the ultimate dream for any science research student,” says Milford, who was awarded $25,000 as a finalist. Students are selected based upon their scientific research and also on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community.
Milford says an estimated 70 percent of the world’s water is polluted with toxins. His research involves developing sodium algaenate beads that are comprised of bacteria and algae and can be used to filter water, improving its quality.
As a finalist, Milford traveled to Washington, D.C., in March to compete for up to $250,000, as well as meet his Congressional representatives, tour the top labs in the nation and meet distinguished scientists.
Milford, who plans to study environmental engineering in college, also was recently selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. He also won the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Science and Engineering Fair and qualified to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.