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$100,000 Winners of Nation's Premier High School Science Competition to be Announced
Date:12/7/2008

2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY DECEMBER 8, 20089:30AM

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT: The battle for the most coveted science prize awarded to American high school students reaches its grand finale as the national winners of the 2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology are announced. $100,000 Grand Prize scholarships will be awarded to one individual and one team. Scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 will be awarded to teams and individuals placing sixth through second place.

WHO:This year's eighteen National Finalists hail from California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Oregon. These remarkable students have:

  • Proposed a novel computer systems method to improve the quality of machine translation from one language to another
  • Found new strategies to regulate cholesterol levels on the cellular level
  • Designed a specialized coating aimed to prevent hospital treatment side effects
  • Combined traditional genetics with cutting edge computational modeling to streamline the gene discovery process
  • Optimized performance of multi-core processors, making intricate simulation (like that of space shuttle re-entry) available on desktop computers versus a "supercomputer"

Interviews/photo ops available with winners, Siemens Foundation Chairman Thomas McCausland, President James Whaley, and lead judge Dr. James S. McDonnell, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University

WHEN: MONDAY DECEMBER 8, 9:30AM

WHERE: EISNER & LUBIN AUDITORIUM AT THE KIMMELCENTER AT NEW YORKUNIVERSITY

60 WASHINGTON SQUARE SOUTH, NEW YORK CITY

MORE:The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, which provides more than $7 million in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. The Siemens Competition is administered by the College Board. More information can be found at www.siemens-foundation.org, where on December 8, 2008 at 9:30 am EST you are invited to view a live webcast of the National Finals Award Presentation and press conference.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Valerie Francois
    Siemens Foundation
    732-590-5292
    valerie.francois@siemens.com

    Alexander Aizenberg
    Weber Shandwick
    212-445-8414
    aaizenberg@webershandwick.com

    Jennifer Sheeley
    Weber Shandwick
    212-445-8430
    jsheeley@webershandwick.com


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