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On December 8th, 2008, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology awarded huge money prizes to some US teens.
Prizes of $100,000 each were awarded for both individual and team research into potentially life-saving medical advances. Prizes of $10,000 to $50,000 were presented to five other high school students and five teams of two students.
The awards ceremony was held at New York University.
Wen Chyan, 17, a senior at Texas Academy of mathematics and Science in Denton, Texas, won the individual top prize for chemistry research on combating hospital infections.
He said, “I developed an anti-microbial coating for medical devices like breathing tubes and catheters. These infect more than 2 million hospital patients and kill more than 100,000, so it’s a very severe problem in our health-care system.”
Sajith Wickramasekara and Andrew Choo, both 17 and seniors at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, won the team prize for genetics research aimed at identifying new chemotherapy drugs.
Hayden Metsky, a senior at Millburn High School in New Jersey, won $10,000. He proposed a way to improve machine translations of phrases into different languages.
James Whaley, the president of Siemens Foundation, which sponsors the competition, said the sophistication of the students’ projects proves that “the United States can and is producing the very best and brightest in the world.”
The Siemens competition, which has also been known as the Siemens Westinghouse Competition, was begun in 1998 to recognize America’s best math and science students. Finalists were chosen at regional competitions and flown to New York for a weekend that included awards and entertainment as well.
Others who won individual prizes were
- Erik K Larson of Eugene OR — $50,000.
- Nityan Nair of Hastings-on-Hudson NY –$40,000.
- James Meixiong of Evans, GA –$30,000.
- Ashok Cutosky of Columbus MO — $20,000.
Other team winners were
- Eugenia Volkova of South Salem NY and Alexander Saeboe of Katonah NY –$50,000.
- Erika Debenedictis and Duanni Huang both of Albuquerque NM — $40,000.
- Christine S Lai and Diyang Tang both of Acton MA — $30,000.
- Raphael-Joel Lim of Indianapolis IN and Mark Zhang of Sugar Land TX — $20,000.
- Anand A Patel and William Hong both of Fullerton CA — $10,000.
source: online news article from New Jersey paper The Ledger http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/
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