Over $600,000 in prize money was awarded to students from all over the country at the Intel Science Challenge Search, and a New Jersey teen was among the award recipients.

Joshua Abraham Meier, who lives in Teaneck,, was given a $40,000 award. His work identified a gene that "controls the rapid aging of artificially generated stem cells, which could lead to new treatments for cancer", according to nbcnews.com.

Joshua placed fourth in the competition. The top prize was $100,000 and was awarded to California teen Eric Chen who "used computer models to pin down a potential class of drugs that would work by tripping up endonucleases, enzymes that viruses use to multiply", according to the report.

The competition awarded a total of .$630,000 in prize money.