Four Herricks High School Science Research students were recognized for their excellent achievement in research on Friday, Oct. 18 when the Siemens Foundation announced the regional finalists and semifinalists of the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.
Sahil Abbi and his partners (Arjun Kapoor of The Wheatley School and Connor Abbott of Hopkins School, CT), were recognized as regional finalists. Only one hundred regional finalists are invited to advance to the next round of the competition, where they will compete for the highest science honor awarded to high school students.
Sahil and his teammates will present to a panel of judges from Carnegie Mellon University on November 15 and 16. Students who win their regional competition receive a silver medal and scholarships and are invited to compete at the national event in Washington, DC. Sahil, a tenth grade student, is the son of Reena and Mukesh Abbi of Albertson. The team completed their research at Stony Brook University.
Three hundred thirty-one semifinalists were also recognized, including three Herricks High School research students. The students are senior Brandon Yu, son of Weina and John Yu of Roslyn, and brothers Byeongho (Ben) Jung, grade 11, and Bongseok Jung, grade 9, sons of Soon Yong and Chan Yi Jung of Albertson.
The 2013 Siemens Competition had a record number of student entries, with 2,440 students registered for this year’s competition and a total of 1,599 projects submitted for consideration. The Siemens Foundation, in partnership with the College Board, established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The Siemens Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing scholarships and increasing access to higher education for talented mathematics, science, engineering and technology students in the United States.
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
All four students are participants in the Herricks High School Science Research program and have been mentored by Mrs. Renée Barcia, Science Research teacher.