NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2005-06 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology, America's premier science research competition for high school students, will hold its national finals this year in New York City, the Siemens Foundation announced today. Formerly held in Washington DC, the national finals will take place at New York University, the weekend of December 2-5, 2005. They are the culmination of a series of six regional events hosted by partner universities around the country and administered by The College Board. The deadline for students to enter the 2005-06 Siemens Westinghouse Competition is Monday, October 3. New York City School's Chancellor Joel I. Klein highlights the role of the competition in driving student achievement. "This is an opportunity for our students and young people across the country to collaborate with some of our country's top researchers and begin to take their place as leaders in the next generation of science leaders," said Chancellor Klein. "We're excited about the Siemens Westinghouse Competition being at New York University this year," said Thomas N. McCausland, chairman of the Siemens Foundation. "As the academic home of many of our nation's leading science researchers it makes sense for NYU to host the nation's leading high school science research competition." "NYU is honored to host the Siemens Westinghouse Competition," said NYU president John Sexton. "The quality of the scholarship and the passion for inquiry displayed by the finalists are an excellent fit for NYU's own intellectual and creative drive, and we welcome them to our campus." Although not always recognized as such, New York is a major center of science research in the U.S., particularly in the area of biomedical research. Among the internationally recognized science research institutions in New York are Brookhaven National Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, Columbia University, New York University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Rockefeller University. New York also leads the nation in the number of high school students who participate in science competitions, including the Siemens Westinghouse Competition. More than 60 percent of the entries received for the competition come from the New York metropolitan area and New York State is the only state to have produced three top prize ($100,000) scholarship winners (1999, 2001 and 2003). The Siemens Westinghouse Competition The Siemens Westinghouse Competition awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in both individual and team categories. A signature program of the Siemens Foundation, the annual competition is administered by the College Board. Entries are judged at the regional level over three consecutive weekends in November at six leading research universities: Carnegie Mellon University; University of Notre Dame; University of California, Berkeley; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Georgia Institute of Technology; and The University of Texas at Austin. Winners of the regional competitions are invited to compete at the national level. The 2005-06 Siemens Westinghouse Competition National Finals will take place December 1-5, 2005, at New York University's new state-of-the-art Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life. The annual National Recognition Dinner will take place at the New York Hall of Science on Sunday, December 4. The 2005-06 national winners will be announced at a press conference at the Kimmel Center on Monday morning, December 5. The Siemens Foundation The Siemens Foundation, based in Iselin, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing scholarships and increasing access to higher education for gifted students in science, mathematics and technology-related disciplines through such programs as the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement and the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Established in 1998, the Siemens Foundation distributes more than $1 million in scholarships, awards and grants annually. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens' U.S. operating companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. Siemens is committed to academic excellence and to encouraging new generations to pursue science, mathematics and technology-related disciplines. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $16.6 billion and employs 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit http://www.siemens-foundation.org.
SOURCE The Siemens Foundation