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Stony Brook Mentors Top Talent in the 2017 Siemens Competition

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The Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students — has announced its semifinalists for this year. Out of 491 national semifinalists, 55 students were mentored by Stony Brook faculty; 12 of those were named regional finalists and will continue on to compete in November.

Each year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. This year for the first time, a new prize structure guarantees that national finalists will receive a minimum of $25,000. The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science.

This select group of students and their notable projects are judged to determine who advances on to six regional competitions, which will be held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals held at George Washington University in in December, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.

Click here for the list of semifinalists and regional finalists mentored at Stony Brook.

Stony Brook Faculty Mentors
The Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering mentored the most students, and the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Summer Research Program, directed by Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, had the greatest number of participants. Faculty and graduate students involved in multiple projects with the semifinalists include: Dr. Dilip GersappeDr. Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Ya-Chen Chuang, Kao Li, Clement Marmorat, Likun Wang, Linxi Zhang, Yuchen Zhou and Xianghao Zuo.

Dr. Benjamin Martin and Dr. David Q. Matus, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Dr. Roy Lacey and Dr. Iwao Ojima, Chemistry

Dr. Minh Hoai Nguyen, Computer Science

Dr. Marcia Simon, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Dianna Padilla, Ecology and Evolution

Dr. Ya S. Wang, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Joshua Plotkin, Neurobiology and Behavior

Dr. Ken-Ichi Takemaru, Pharmacological Sciences

Dr. Abhay Deshpande, Physics and Astronomy

About the Siemens Competition
The prize, launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, 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 seeks to recognize and build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

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