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05/24/2007 07:00:00

Caltech Selected as Regional Site in Siemens Science Competition

PASADENA, Calif.-The California Institute of Technology has been selected as the regional site in the ninth annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

The Siemens Competition is one of the premier science and mathematics, research-based competitions in the nation for high-school students. The competition, renowned for its rigorous academic and judging standards, and for its emphasis on authentic scientific research, was established by the Siemens Foundation in partnership with the College Board in 1999.

High-school students may compete individually or in teams to conduct research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, or a combination of these disciplines.

Siemens awards college scholarships for winning projects, which range from $1,000 for regional finalists to $100,000 for national winners.

The deadline to submit research projects in the 2007-08 competition is October 1 at 5 p.m. (EST).

Projects that advance to the regional finals will be presented by students on November 9 and 10 at Caltech. A panel of Caltech scientists and professors will conduct the regional judging. Other regional judging will take place at leading research universities throughout the country, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas at Austin, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Projects that progress to the national finals will be judged by a panel at New York University, from November 29 to December 3.

For more information, go to http://www.siemens-foundation.org or http://collegeboard.com/siemens. Or contact the College Board Siemens Scholarship Program, e-mail: spro@collegeboard.org, (800) 626-9795, extension 5849 or 5930.

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Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges (626) 395-3227 debwms@caltech.edu

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Written by Deborah Williams-Hedges