Five of the finalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology — the nation’s premier research competition for high school students — were mentored at Stony Brook University. The five high school students make up two teams, both from the University’s Garcia Center Program, which will compete for the grand prize at the national finals in Washington, DC, December 2–6.
The teams are:
- Rose Hong (California) and Jasmin Gao (Georgia), with Stony Brook mentors Marcia Simon, Oral Biology and Pathology; Dennis Galanakis, Pathology; and Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science and Engineering
- Katherine Cao (Wisconsin), Alice Wu (New York) and William Hu (California), with Stony Brook mentors Miriam Rafailovich and Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, Garcia Center
Both teams worked on research related to the use of dental pulp stem cells used for dental regeneration.
A Stony Brook-mentored student/team has won the grand prize in the Siemens Competition three times (2009, 2007 and 2001). Since 2005, Stony Brook faculty have mentored a total of 441 Siemens semifinalists.