Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

by William G. Gilroy

Siemens Foundation

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 19 and 20).

The New Jersey-based non-profit Siemens Foundation created the competition to enhance science and mathematics education in America. 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 the United States are being held throughout November. Regional scholarship winners advance to the national competition Dec. 3 through Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C., for 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 of America’s leading research universities to assist in judging and hosting the regional competitions throughout the fall: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Texas (Nov. 5 and 6), the Georgia Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology (Nov. 12 and 13), Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 19 and 20).

The Notre Dame 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 at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 19) in the study lounge of the Jordan Hall of Science.

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 two million in scholarships and award annually. The competition is administered by the College Board.