#MySci411: Eastern Penna. Students Win Big in National Competition
A Lehigh Valley area high school student and three students from the suburbs of Philadelphia earned top prizes at in one of America’s most prestigious science competitions in early December.
Milind Jagota – a senior at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., and a 2015 Da Vinci Science Center Student Excellence Award honoree – won the individual third place prize in the 2015 national Siemens Competition for Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Three students from Methacton High School in Montgomery County, Pa., and Conestoga High School in Chester County, Pa., earned the second place prize in the team competition.
Jagota won a $40,000 scholarship for his exploration of more cost-effective materials that can be used in solar panels, screens of tablets and mobile devices, and other electronic devices. Jagota’s work was developed with mentorship from Nelson Tansu, Ph.D., a Professor in Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.,
The team of Emily Cheng and Gerald Liu, of Audubon – juniors at Methacton High School in Eaglesville, Pa. – and Kelly Jiang – a junior at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA – earned a $50,000 scholarship for developing a urine test that can detect liver cancer in its most early stages.
Nearly 1,800 individual and team projects were entered into the Siemens competition, and six individual and six team projects were selected for the national finals, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Image Courtesy: Siemens Competition