2010 Siemens Competition Registration Opens Today Individual & Team Competitors Seek $100,000 Grand Prize in Nation's Most Prestigious High School Science Competition

ISELIN, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, aspiring scientists and mathematicians nationwide can register for the 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the premiere original research competition for high school students in the United States.  In just six months, submitted projects will be judged and the countdown to the national finals in Washington, D.C. will begin.

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Online registration and instructions for the 2010 Siemens Competition are posted on the Siemens Foundation website, www.siemens-foundation.org, and at www.collegeboard.com/siemens.  College scholarships range from $1,000 to $100,000.  

Students may enter as individuals or as members of a team. Students submitting individual projects must be seniors in high school. Team projects may have two or three members in grades 9-12 and do not need to include a senior. Students who are not able to complete registration online may call 1-877-358-6777 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET for assistance. The deadline for entries is October 1, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Entries will be judged at the regional level in November by esteemed scientists and faculty at six leading research universities:  California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The University of Texas at Austin; and University of Notre Dame.  The national finals will take place December 2-6, 2010 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and judged by a panel of prominent scientists and mathematicians.  The competition, established in 1999, is administered annually by the College Board.  

The Siemens Competition attracts entries from high school science and math students nationwide.  In 2009, a record-setting year, 2,151 students registered to enter the competition, and 1,348 projects were submitted. The grand prize winners took on revolutionary research in biophysics and mathematics. Ruoyi Jiang, a senior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York, won the $100,000 scholarship in the individual category for research on chemotherapy drug resistance. Sean Karson, a senior at Trinity Preparatory High School in Winter Park, Florida; Dan Liu, a junior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School in Austin, Texas; and Kevin Chen, a junior at William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, won the team category and will share a $100,000 prize for their graph theory research.

"The Siemens Competition has consistently revealed the top high school scientists and mathematicians of our time, and we are honored to provide the support to help these extraordinary students showcase their highest potential," said Jeniffer Harper Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. "Each year we are in awe of the students' vision, and I have no doubt this will be the most remarkable year yet."

The Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens' U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

The College Board

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid and enrollment. Among its widely recognized programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), SpringBoard® and ACCUPLACER®. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.com.

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