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Pasadena to Host Contenders for Nation’s Top Teen Science Prize

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 7:41 am

The path to science glory leads to Pasadena for 15 students contending for the year’s top teen science prize.

The first weekend in November, these young innovators will compete for the highest science honor awarded to American high school students when the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Regional Finals come to Caltech.

Twelve of the finalists come from California, two from Hawaii and one from Texas and will be given the opportunity to present their research works to a panel of judges, according to University officials.

Organizers announced that the prizes at stake include $3,000 for an individual, $6,000 for a team and the chance to advance to the national finals in Washington DC where $500,000 worth of scholarship grants and two top prizes of $100,000 will be awarded.

The projects consist of a predictive model to help determine the probability of an individual becoming an alcoholic, a computer program for the construction of artificial retinas that could help the blind restore their vision and research on alternative energy sources, cancers and auto-immune diseases as well as methods to reduce the cost of drug manufacturing.

This year’s scholars are composed of award recipients, orchestral musicians, advocacy fundraisers, and athletes who play volleyball, soccer and ultimate Frisbee, says representatives of Siemens Foundation.

The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, which provides more than $7 million annually in support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.

The competition is administered by the University College Board.

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