Five individuals and four teams of high school students have been selected to compete Friday to Saturday (Nov. 10 to11) at the University of Notre Dame in the Midwestern Regional of the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, a leading scholarship and awards program.
The New Jersey-based non-profit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and mathematics education inAmerica. It is open to individuals and teams of high school students who develop independent research projects in the physical or biological sciences or mathematics. Competitions in six regions across theUnited Statesare being held throughout November. Regional scholarship winners advance to the national competition Dec. 1 to 4 inNew York Cityfor a top individual prize of $100,000. Members of the top winning team will share a $100,000 scholarship.
The Siemens Foundation has partnered with six prestigious institutions to assist in judging and hosting the regional competitions throughout the fall: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford (Nov. 3 to 4); theUniversityofTexasand Notre Dame (Nov. 10 to 11); andCarnegieMellonUniversityand the Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17 to 18).
The Midwestern Regional Finalists will present their independent research projects to a panel of judges composed of Notre Dame faculty. The individual regional winner will receive an award of $3,000; members of the winning team will share a prize of $6,000. All regional individual and team runners-up will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.
The public can view student posters at5:30 p.m.Nov. 10 in the study lounge of the Jordan Hall of Science.
The public also is invited at attend the competitions keynote address,Do We Need a New National Commission to Fix Pre-K through 16 Science Education?, by Leon Lederman, the 1988 Nobel Prize winner in physics. The lecture will be delivered at5:30 p.m.Nov. 11 in the Sargento Family Auditorium of Jordan Hall.
The Midwest Regional individual finalists are: Amardeep Grewal,DetroitCountryDay School,Beverly Hills,Mich.; Dominic Ludovici,UniversityHigh School,Morgantown,W.Va.; Vivek Ratnam,SouthviewHigh School,Sylvania,Ohio; Joanne Wang,HathawayBrownSchool,Shaker Heights,Ohio; and Dawn Zhao,WhiteStationHigh School,Memphis,Tenn.
The Midwest Regional Team Finalists are: Nimit Jain and Harini Srinivasan,InternationalAcademy,Bloomfield Hills,Mich.; Ang Li,TroyHigh School,Troy,Mich., and Yifan Feng,AthensHigh School,Troy,Mich.; Catherine McCarthy, Lily Roberts and Rochelle Rucker, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Tan Zou and Xingping Shen, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology is a program of the Siemens Foundation, a national leader in math and science education providing nearly $2 million in scholarships and awards annually. The competition is administered by the College Board.