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California And New York Students Capture $100,000 Scholarship Prizes In 2013 Siemens Competition In Math, Science & Technology

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One California student and three New York students were awarded grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their remarkable research in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students. The students join a highly selective group of just 14 individual competitors and 14 teams previously named winners of the Siemens Competition.

Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif., won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category for his discovery of potent influenza endonuclease inhibitors, which could be used to develop anti-flu drugs. Watch Eric here.

Research on plants' resistance to ozone earned Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Woodmere, N.Y.; Zainab Mahmood, Hewlett, N.Y.; and JiaWen Pei, Valley Stream, N.Y. the shared $100,000 Grand Prize scholarship in the Team category. Watch Priyanka, Zainab and JiaWen here.

The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, a leading supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. The Competition is administered by the College Board. The fifteenth annual awards were presented this morning at The George Washington University, host of the 2013 Siemens Competition National Finals.

Video, photos and bios are available at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/2013competition/.

"Congratulations to Eric, Priyanka, Zainab and JiaWen, this year's Siemens Competition winners, who have demonstrated incredible commitment to the advancement of science, math and technology," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "These students represent the future of our competitive global workforce and will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success. We look forward to seeing their future accomplishments in college and beyond."

Twenty students comprised of six individuals and six teams competed at the National Finals this weekend after winning one of six regional competitions in November. They presented their research to a panel of judges comprised of nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians headed by lead judge Dr. Rachelle Heller, associate provost for academic affairs of the Mount Vernon Campus and professor of computer science at The George Washington University. The Siemens Competition $100,000 winners will ring The Closing Bellâ„¢ at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, February 5 th, 2014.

The Winning Individual

Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif., won the individual category and a $100,000 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 influenza outbreaks.

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