9 North Texas Students Among Siemens Regional Finalists

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is one of the premier research competitions for high school students in the nation.

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Nine North Texas high school students are among the 101 regional finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the premier research competitions for high school students in the nation.

Regional finalists were chose from a larger group of 491 semifinalists who, in turn, were picked from a pool of more than 1,860 projects submitted for the competition this year.

The North Texas students area:

  • Brandon Chen, Plano West Senior High School in Plano
  • Yesh Doctor, Plano East Senior High School in Plano
  • Michael Ma, Plano West Senior High School in Plano
  • Abhishek Mohan, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton
  • Sahil Patel, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton
  • Cal Rothkrug, St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas
  • Kshitij Sachan, Plano East Senior High School 
  • Steven Sun, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton
  • David Yue, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton

All regional finalists will receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money. First-place individuals and teams in the regional competitions will win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively, according to a Siemens Foundation news release.

“It’s an acknowledgement that today’s students produce impressive levels of research that change the world as we know it.”

David Etzwiler

Regional winners will advance to the National Finals to be held Dec. 4-5 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded. That total includes two top prizes of $100,000.

As part of a new prize structure, the individual winner will get $100,000, the second place finisher $50,000, and all other finalists will receive $25,000.

“We believe the new award structure for the finals better reflects the extraordinarily high caliber of projects considered,” Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler said in the release. “It’s an acknowledgement that today’s students produce impressive levels of research that change the world as we know it.”

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