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Nation’s Brightest Students to Compete for $100,000 in Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

December 4, 2008

National Finals of Premier High School Science Competition Comes to New York City, December 5 – 8, 2008

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

    WHAT: The battle for the most coveted science prize awarded to American
          high school students reaches its grand finale the first weekend in
          December as the National Finals of the prestigious Siemens
          Competition in Math, Science & Technology come to New York
          University.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070904/SIEMENSLOGO )

    WHO:  America's science superstars reveal exciting new research projects
          as they contend for the top prize of $100,000. Past winners have
          done the extraordinary: Sought to isolate the next generation of
          anti-tuberculosis drugs, discovered a tumor-resistant gene to help
          combat breast cancer, solved age-old math problems and even looked
          for ways to harness energy from ocean tides.

          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 available (like that of space shuttle re-entry) on desktop computers versus a “supercomputer”

                    MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COMPETITION INCLUDE:

    WHEN:   Friday 12/5: Students arrive in New York
            Saturday 12/6 8:30am-1:30pm: Student exhibition set up (Room 914)
            5:00pm-6:30pm: Public viewing of student exhibition (Room 914)
            Sunday 12/7 8:00am-3:30pm: Students present to the judges
            (E&L Auditorium)
            Monday 12/8 9:30am-11:30am: PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE WINNERS
                                        (E&L Auditorium)

    WHERE:  Kimmel Center at New York University, 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

SOURCE Siemens Foundation


Source: newswire