ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Months of dedication and hard work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) paid off for four students named National Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students. Gerald Meixiong of Evans, Ga., earned the top honors and a $3,000 individual scholarship for groundbreaking research on mitosis and potential targets for the development of therapeutic drugs for cancers. David Lu of Richmond, Va. and Allen Lee and Jason Lee of Short Hills, N.J. earned a $6,000 team scholarship for their research on a rationale-based design of a targeted therapy for prostate cancer.
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 at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., December 7-10, 2013, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. The Siemens Competition, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, is administered by the College Board.
"Congratulations to the winners of the Siemens Competition Regional Finals for their remarkable research in STEM," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. "I commend these scholars for their innovative and creative projects and look forward to seeing them contend for the top prizes at the National Finals next month."
The Winning IndividualGerald Meixiong, a senior at Lakeside High School in Evans, Ga., won the individual category and a $3,000 college scholarship for his project, titled Cell-Cycle Regulated Membrane Association of NuMA: A Novel Pathway for Efficient Chromosome Segregation.In his research, Gerald focused on mitosis, the process by which cells divide and sustain life. By studying how and why chromosomes are pulled towards opposite ends, Gerald discovered a novel mechanism for efficient chromosome segregation. His project provides new insight into molecular mechanisms of faithful duplication of DNA in mitosis and identifies potential targets for the development of therapeutic drugs for cancers.