Nov. 17, 2013
/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.
San Diego, Calif.
earned the top individual honors and a
scholarship for discovering potent influenza endonuclease inhibitors, which could be used to develop anti-flu drugs.
San Jose, Calif.
Los Altos, Calif.
earned top team honors and a
scholarship for their research on synergistic chemotherapy drug combinations, which could enhance cancer treatment.
The students presented their research this weekend to a panel of judges from the
California Institute of Technology
(Caltech), host of the Region One Finals. They are now invited to present their work on a national stage at the National Finals in
December 7-10, 2013
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.
"Congratulations to the winners of the Siemens Competition Regional Finals for their remarkable research in STEM," said
, 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 Individual
, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in
San Diego, Calif.
, won the individual category and a
college scholarship for his project titled
, Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Fight Flu Pandemic
For his project, Eric combined computer modeling with experimental research to discover influenza virus inhibitors. These findings could be used to develop new anti-flu drugs that will help protect people against future pandemic outbreaks.