Nov. 17, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Months of dedication and hard work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) paid off tonight for three students named National Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students. Research on an infrared photodetector with potential applications in car collision avoidance and mine detection earned top honors and the
Individual scholarship for
Glen Allen, Virginia
. Research that could help in the development of anticancer drugs won the
Team scholarship for
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
The students presented their research this weekend to a panel of judges from
Georgia Institute of Technology
, host of the Region Six Finals. They are now invited to present their work on a national stage at the National Finals in
December 1-4, 2012
in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of
. The Siemens Competition, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, is administered by the College Board.
"These students have invested time, energy and talent in tackling challenging scientific research at a young age," said
, president of the Siemens Foundation. "The recognition they have won today demonstrates that engagement in STEM is an investment well worth making."
The Winning Individual
, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in
, won the individual category and a
college scholarship for his project entitled,
Universal detector of light and b-radiation: multifunctionality enabled by quantum-mechanical wavefunction and density-of-states engineering, photomodulated electron tunneling, and quantum confined charge transport in nanowires
In his project, Saumil developed a novel universal light and beta-radiation detector that has the capability to perceive infrared light at room temperature, a problem with these detectors, with a rate at least 10 times higher than other common detectors.