Contact:Tom VarneySiemens(212) 258-4335 p.
p. Science and Math Whiz Kids Hailing From Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota Will Vie For Top Scholarship Prize of $120,000
p. Regional Competition to Be Held at University of Notre Dame, November 12-13

  • p. NEW YORK, October 21, 1999 ? Ten high school students have been selected to compete in the Midwestern States Region of the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition, a scholarship and awards program of the non-profit Siemens Foundation.p. The Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition, in its inaugural year, was created by the Siemens Foundation to promote and advance math and science education in America. The Competition 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 (including the Midwestern States) will be held in October and November, 1999; regional scholarship winners will advance to further compete in Washington, D.C., December 4-6 for a top individual scholarship prize of $100,000 (separately, members of the top team will share a $90,000 scholarship).p. The Siemens Foundation has partnered with six prestigious institutions to assist in judging and hosting the regional competitions throughout the Fall: Carnegie Mellon University (October 29-30); the University of California, Berkeley (November 5-6); the University of Notre Dame and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 12-13); Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the University of Texas at Austin (November 19-20).p. The Midwestern States Regional Finalists, whose entries are in subject disciplines spanning biology, math and physics will present their independent research projects to a panel of judges selected by the University of Notre Dame on November 13. The individual regional winner will receive an award of $20,000; members of the winning regional team will share a prize of $30,000. All of the prize money will be applied toward the winning students’ undergraduate or graduate education.p. The Midwestern States Finalists and their respective categories of competition are:
    p. FALGUNI DESAI, Arsenal Technical High School; Indianapolis, IN (Biology, individual)
    p. DAVID GEISLER, Evanston Township High School; Evanston, IL (Physics, individual)
    p. ALLISON GILMORE, Eastview High School; Apple Valley, MN (Math, individual)
    p. SIDDHARTH SHENAI, Detroit Country Day School; Beverly Hills, MI (Math, individual)
    p. FENG ZHANG, Roosevelt High School; Des Moines, IA (Biology, individual)
    p. AKHIL NARANG, Illinois Math&Science Academy; Aurora, IL (Physics, team leader)
    p. SAMIR MEGHANI, Illinois Math&Science Academy; Aurora, IL (member, Narang team)
    p. SEETHARAM CHADALAVADA, Battle Creek Area Math&Science Center; Battle Creek, MI (Biology, team leader)
    p. MELINDA SLOMA, Battle Creek Area Math&Science Center; Battle Creek, MI (member, Chadalavada team)
    p. During the two-day regional event at Notre Dame, the institution will host the student competitors and their chaperones at on-campus activities and tours of renowned university laboratories and facilities, including the earthquake simulation, radiation and chip labs. Other, non-competing entrants to the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition (whose entries in the regional competition drew commendation) will be invited to the regional event, as will teachers and students from local South Bend, Indiana high schools.p. *The Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition
  • The Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition is judged first on the regional level on each partner university campus, with regional awards going to a total of six individual students and six teams. The culmination will be a $100,000 national scholarship to a winning individual student, with the top team winning $90,000 in scholarships (to be divided among the participating students).p. Panels of scientists and university faculty will serve as judges at the regional and national competitions, under the direction of the national education organizations The College Board and the Educational Testing Service, which have partnered with the Siemens Foundation to administer the Competition. Siemens is in no way involved with the selection of judges, nor does it influence their decisions.p. The Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition recognizes student projects for originality, creativity, academic rigor and clarity of communication.p. *The Siemens Foundation
  • The Siemens Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships and increasing access to higher education for students who are gifted in the sciences, and in mathematics and technology-related disciplines. Established in 1998 to promote and support educational activities, the Siemens Foundation recognizes and supports America’s most promising math and science students and teachers, as well as schools that are doing the most to promote education in the hard sciences. Its mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational involvement and support that is a hallmark of Siemens Corporation, its operating companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.p. For more information about the Siemens Foundation and the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition, please visit our website at .p. In the U.S., Siemens is an industry leader in telecommunications; energy and power; lighting and precision materials; industry and automation; and healthcare, and a key player in microelectronics and components; transportation; information systems and other products. In 1998, Siemens’ U.S. businesses had more than 66,000 employees, and recorded sales of more than $11.0 billion. Siemens AG, based in Berlin and Munich, is one of the world’s largest electrical engineering and electronics companies and employs over 400,000 people in a total of 193 countries.

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