Forty-one high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty mentors have been announced as regional finalists and/or semifinalists in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology—one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook annually ranks among the leaders in universities nationwide who mentor high school researchers.
Many of the competition winners participated in summer research programs offered at Stony Brook, including the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program. Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, directs the Garcia program, and is one of the nation’s leading mentors of research competition talent. Other faculty engaged in mentoring Siemens regional finalists and/or semifinalists include: Peter Brink, Physiology and Biophysics; Thomas Butcher, CME program and BNL; Benjamin Chu, Benjamin Hsiao, Iwao Ojima, and Roy Lacey, Chemistry; Matthew Dawber, Physics and Astronomy; Yuefan Deng, Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Miguel Garcia-Diaz and David Talmage, Pharmacological Sciences; Nancy Hollingsworth, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Jonathan Liu, Biomedical Engineering; Yizhi Meng, Materials Science and Engineering; Harold Metcalf, John Noé, and Martin Cohen, Laser Teaching Center, Physics and Astronomy; Lorna Role, Neurobiology and Behavior; Marcia Simon, Dental School.
Of the 1,542 projects submitted by 2,436 students in the 2011 competition, the Siemens Foundation announced a total of 300 semifinalists and 96 regional finalist awards. Regional finalists will be going on to compete in one of six regional competitions during November; and winners of the regional events will compete at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in early December for the top prize of $100,000.
In previous years, grand prize winners in both individual (2009) and team categories (2001, 2007) worked with Stony Brook faculty mentors, including Carlos Simmerling, Iwao Ojima, and Miriam Rafailovich.