Three teens from have won $50,000 after placing second in the Siemens Competition, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.
Siemens announced Monday that Edgar Wang, Wayne Shu and Justin Yuan were among six teams and six individuals who were finalists in the competition. The three students will split the $50,000 prize.
The teens participated in the national competition this past weekend at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
A record 2,436 students registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year, with a total of 1,541 projects submitted.
"It is a remarkable day for American innovation when our high school students do science research at this level," Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, said in a release. "I hope other students will follow their example and embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects with such vigor. These young innovators are poised to drive the next generation of advances in science and technology."
Six individuals and six teams competed at the national finals this weekend after winning one of six regional competitions in November. They presented their research to a panel of judges comprising nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians, headed by lead judge Michael W. Plesniak, Ph.D., professor and chair of GWU's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Administered by the College Board, the Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The 13th annual awards were presented Monday morning at George Washington University, which hosted the 2011 Siemens Competition national finals.
Source: The Siemens Foundation