Massachusetts And New York Students Win Regional Siemens Competition At Carnegie Mellon University
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.
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 promotes excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information, go to: www.siemens-foundation.org. Blake Hord of Dobbs Ferry, NY, earned top individual honors and a $3,000 scholarship for his project which improved on a computer simulation of a planet in formation. The findings of this project could be used to trace planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets. Louis Golowich and Richard Zhou of Lexington, MA, shared the $6,000 team scholarship for their work examining a mathematical problem related to how efficiently messages can be transmitted over a noisy communications network in which the original signal may be corrupted. They are 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 now move 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 Carnegie Mellon University, host of the Region Four Finals. "The complexity of these topics and the depth of knowledge required to tackle them showcases these students' capacity to make significant and meaningful contributions to the STEM field," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "These talented competitors show us the future of research is in good hands."