The regional finalists of the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology head to distinguished university campuses throughout the country this month for the semifinal phase of the contest. At stake is a $3,000 prize for each regional winning individual, $6,000 for each regional winning team, and an invitation to the National Finals in New York City for a shot at the $100,000 grand prize.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University, and California Institute of Technology will host the regional competitions.
Past Siemens Competition winners and Alumni have tackled some of the world's hardest and most pressing problems through math and science. Their feats include: invention of anti-bacterial coatings for medical devices, research of cures for drug-resistant Tuberculosis, exploring zebrafish spines for an inside look at bone growth, reinventing string theory, and developing a device to generate energy from ocean waves.
Winners of the regional events will be invited to compete at the National Finals at New York University in New York City, December 3-7, 2009.