ISELIN, N.J., Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Siemens Foundation today revealed the shortlist of students who will contend for the highest science honor awarded to American high school students. Ninety-six students from 21 states were named Regional Finalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Three hundred seventeen semifinalists in the Siemens Competition were also announced. A complete list is available at www.siemens-foundation.org.
"The Siemens Competition has a proud history of attracting awe-inspiring research projects from America's best and brightest and we are pleased to see that this year is no exception," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. "We can all take heart in the remarkable work being done by this next generation of young innovators who will surely advance our nation's leadership in science and technology."
Regional finalists are invited to compete at one of six regional events held over three consecutive weekends in November at the Georgia Institute of Technology (November 4-5); California Institute of Technology (November 4-5); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 11-12); The University of Texas at Austin (November 11-12); University of Notre Dame (November 18-19) and Carnegie Mellon University (November 18-19).
Administered by the College Board, the Siemens Competition awards one $3,000 prize to an individual and one $6,000 prize to a team at each regional competition. Winners of the regional events advance to the National Finals at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, December 2–5, 2011, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. An all-time record of 2,436 students registered to enter the 2011-12 Siemens Competition for an unprecedented 1,541 projects submitted.
Follow the Siemens Foundation on Twitter (www.twitter.com/sfoundation) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SiemensFoundation) to learn about the remarkable research being done by this year's brilliant Siemens Scholars. Then visit www.siemens-foundation.org at 9:30am EST on December 5 for a live webcast of the National Finalist Awards Presentation.
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. 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 more information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.
The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
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