Three students have been named National Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology after earning top spots in one of two regional competitions that took place this past weekend. The Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information go to: www.siemens-foundation.org Alexander Kirov of Evans, GA earned top individual honors and a $3,000 scholarship for research on uncovering the mechanism of the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Research on replacing injured dental tissue and restoring function to a tooth after severe damage earned Jasmin Gao of Suwanee, GA. And Rose Hong of San Diego, CA. the $6,000 shared team scholarship. They were among 96 students overall selected to compete in regional competitions across the country this month out of a pool of more than 1,600 projects submitted for the competition this year. These top regional winners are now moving on to the final phase of the Siemens Competition to present their work at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., December 5-6, 2016, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. The students presented their research this weekend to a panel of judges at the Georgia Institute of Technology, host of the Region Six Finals. "These student projects are evidence of great teaching in our schools today," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "These are high school students presenting advanced research that is helping to solve real problems. That's pretty amazing." The Siemens Competition, launched in 1999 by the Siemens Foundation, was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. This competition, administered by Discovery Education, seeks to recognize and hopefully build a strong pipeline for the nation's most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.