Call for Entries in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

Registration Opens for Premier Research Competition, Chance to Win College Scholarships of $100,000

This year’s national finalists will walk away with at least $25,000

ISELIN, N.J.--()--Registration has opened for The 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.

“The exceptionally high standards of the national finalist projects – often in different, incomparable scientific areas -- made it increasingly difficult to distinguish 3rd -6th place projects for our judges”

The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, administered by Discovery Education. Each year, the program invites high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Students compete as individuals or as members of a team.

Regional competition rounds take place in November, and are held on-line in a secure, virtual environment. Participants present their projects via a secure cloud-based technology platform to a panel of judges who will be assembled at this year’s regional hosting universities: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.

Winners of these Regional Finals will be invited to present their research in-person to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the Siemens Competition National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December at The George Washington University.

The 2017 enhanced national scholarship award structure will continue to award $100,000 and $50,000 awards to the 1st and 2nd placed teams and individuals – but now $25,000 awards will go to all of the remaining four team and individual national finalists.

“The exceptionally high standards of the national finalist projects – often in different, incomparable scientific areas -- made it increasingly difficult to distinguish 3rd -6th place projects for our judges,” explained David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Recognizing more finalists equally is a better reflection of the extraordinary quality of the finalist projects across different scientific disciplines, and the judges’ appreciation for them.”

Last year’s individual Grand Prize winner, Vineet Edupuganti, developed a biodegradable battery to power ingestible medical devices that can track and diagnose conditions that affect internal organs, and the winning team of Adhya and Shriya Beesam developed a new approach to diagnose schizophrenia earlier in patients using both brain scans and psychiatric evaluations. The previous year’s individual winner utilized small plastic beads to remove sulfamethazine, a common contaminant, from drinking water in a way that was reusable and scalable, and the winning team utilized a loofah sponge to help clean up oil from oil spills and then turn it into electricity. Video, photos and bios of the 2016 finalists are available at:

The Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $100 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For more information, visit or follow @sfoundation.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at


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