Registration Open for The Siemens STEM Competition

This week, the registration opens for the nation’s premier science competition, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. High school students interested in competing can submit their original research and be eligible to win college scholarships that range from $1000 to $100,000 for first place. The competition, sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and administered by the College Board will accept submissions until October 1, 2012 at 5PM Est. Other relevant deadlines, submission guidelines and additional information are available on the competition’s College Board website.

All entrants first compete on the regional level, with the judging held at one of six prestigious research universities. Winners at the regional level will get a chance to present their winning projects at the National Finals in Washington, DC. The award decisions in the final round will be made by a panel of nationally recognized scientists, mathematicians and academics. The winners will be selected for the best team project and best individual project.

“This is an opportunity for dedicated students with a passion for mathematics, science and technology to be recognized and rewarded for their hard work,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation.  “Every year we look forward to seeing what new innovations America’s high school students will submit to the Siemens Competition.”

The Siemens Competition was first held in 1998, and its winners and finalists went on to leave their mark on the fields of science and technology. The competition is recognized as one of the best incubators of young scientists, and participating in it allows students to make connections in academia that could help them carry on their research after high school.

The projects of last year’s winners ran the gamut from research into cancer treatment to harnessing gaming technology in order to effect improvements in health. Winners were also honored with a visit to the White House Science Fair and a face-to-face meeting with President Obama.

The Siemens Competition isn’t the only educational initiative for The Siemens Foundation. They also sponsor a We Can Change the World Challenge which canvasses the best solutions developed by high school students to tackle 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.