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17 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists Mentored at Stony Brook

University mentors a record 51 high school students selected as semifinalists and continues to spark the development of future researchers



Thirty-one of the 51 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology semifinalists mentored at Stony Brook University participated in the Garcia Program this past summer. Pictured is one group of high school researchers from the Garcia Program.

Stony Brook, NY, October 22, 2015 – Seventeen high school students mentored by faculty at Stony Brook University have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology – one of the top nationwide research competitions for high school researchers. Stony Brook University mentored a total of 51 semifinalists in the competition, marking a University record. The results rank the University among the institutional leaders who mentor high school researchers from Long Island and around the country.

The regional finalists, selected from the group of 466 national semifinalists, will advance to one of six regional competitions held over three consecutive weekends in November. Winners of the regional events will then advance to the National Finals held at George Washington University in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top awards of $100,000. For a complete list of the 2015 regional finalists and semifinalists, and their Stony Brook University mentors, see this Stony Brook University webpage on the Siemens Science Competition. For more details on the competition this fall, see this Siemens Foundation press release.

Many of the competition finalists and semifinalists participated in Stony Brook University summer research programs, such as the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Program and/or the Simons Summer Research Program. Of the 51 students mentored at Stony Brook, 28 are from New York State and 21 are from all over the country, including states such as Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Washington and California.


Simons Summer Research Fellow Sarah Lee of Syosset High School, one of 17 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology regional finalists mentored at Stony Brook University, explains her research during a poster session in the Wang Center at Stony Brook University on August 11.

Among the 17 regional finalists mentored at Stony Brook, 10 are students from Long Island. These include: Sarah Lee and Kunal Shah, Syosset HS; Kevin Sadhu and Kimberly Te, Manhasset Senior HS; Vishal Nyayapathi, Alia Rizvon, and Brian Rhee, Half Hollow Hills HS East; Roshan Patel, Ward Melville HS; Kameron Sedigh, Kings Park HS; and David Herman, Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva HS for Boys.

The seven out-of-state regional finalists mentored at Stony Brook include: Sidharth Bommakanti (CA); Daniel Chae (VA); Kunai Singh (NJ); Kevin Qian (MN); Alan Tan (CA), Arvind Sridhar (CA), and Ziheng Wang (NH).

Thirty-one of the 51 students mentored at Stony Brook participated in the Garcia Program, which is directed by Miriam Rafailovich, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Material Sciences & Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

“The Siemens competition is a great venue, as students make friends from across the country and the program encourages collaboration and teamwork, which is the norm of the real world in academic and industry research,” said Professor Rafailovich.

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide.  It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.