Stony Brook Again Mentors Finalists in National Siemens Competition


campusEleven of the 96 regional finalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology — the nation’s premier research competition for high school students — were mentored at Stony Brook University. Seven students were from the Garcia Center program, one was from the Simons Summer Research Program and three were independents.

The regional finalists advance to the next round of the competition where they will vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today. Six regional competitions will be held on three consecutive weekends in November, with winners advancing to the national finals in Washington, DC, on December 2–6.

The Siemens regional finalists mentored at Stony Brook include:

From the Garcia Center Program
Rose Hong (California) and Jasmin Gao (Georgia), with Stony Brook mentors Marcia Simon, Oral Biology and Pathology; Dennis Galanakis, Pathology; and Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science and Engineering

Katherine Cao (Wisconsin), Alice Wu (New York) and William Hu (California), with Stony Brook mentors Miriam Rafailovich and Adriana Pinkas-Sarafova, Garcia Center

Hari Kothapalli (Massachusetts) and Ketan Agrawal (Ohio) with Stony Brook mentor Miriam Rafailovich

A total of 23 high school students who participated in the Garcia program were semi-finalists, with seven of those named regional finalists.

From the Simons Summer Research Program
Veda Murthy, Lexington High School (Lexington MA), with Stony Brook mentor Dimitris Samaras, Computer Science

Sarah Adamo, Smithtown High School, with Stony Brook mentors James Dilger, Anestheiology, and Joshua Rest, Ecology and Evolution

Erica Nemeth, Smithtown High School East, with Stony Brook mentor Peter Brink, Physiology and Biophysics

Nestor Tkachenko, Ward Melville High School, with Stony Brook mentor Sergey Suchalkin, Electrical and Computer Engineering

About the Siemens Competition
The Siemens Competition, launched in 1999 by the Siemens Foundation, was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. This competition, administered by Discovery Education, seeks to recognize and hopefully build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.


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