The regional finalists and semifinalists in the 2009-2010 Siemens Competition include 31 high school students who worked with Stony Brook faculty mentors. The Siemens Competition is one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook annually ranks among the leaders in universities nationwide who mentor these students.
Eight awardees worked with faculty from the Department of Chemistry. Seventeen awardees (three regional finalists and 14 semifinalists) were mentored by Miriam Rafailovich, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Garcia Center. She is one of the nation’s leading mentors of research competition talent and has formed collaborative networks with faculty across campus, spanning departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Medicine.
Many of the competition winners participated in summer research programs offered at Stony Brook, including the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program and/or the Simons Summer Research Program.
Faculty mentors come from various departments, including Nancy Hollingsworth, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Wei Lin and Yi-xian Qin, Biomedical Engineering; Elizabeth Boon, Benjamin Hsiao, Roy Lacey, Iwao Ojima, and Carlos Simmerling, Chemistry; Marcia Simon, Dental School/Oral Biology; Marivi Fernandez-Serra, Physics and Astronomy; and Martin Rocek, C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.
The national finalists in the Siemens competition will be announced in early December.