Congratulations to Sohil Shah, National Finalist in Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Competition

Congratulations to Sohil Shah, from James Madison Memorial High School and a member of the Hamers Research Group, on being named a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. 

Sohil is the only finalist from the State of Wisconsin.  His project, "Chemically Assembled Metal Oxide Heterostructures",  was performed in the Hamers research group over the last year.  Sohil's award includes a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to compete for $500,000 in scholarship money, including the $100,000 Grand Prize scholarship at the final competition in Washignton, Dec. 1-4, 2012. Sohil has been doing research in the Hamers group since 2010 and has been mentored by Rose Ruther, Bob Hamers, Michelle Benson, and other members of the Hamers group. Further details of the Siemens competition can be found here.

The official press release from the Siemens Foundation is pasted below and can be found in its original form at


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Kiesha Boykins                                                                                                  Joseph Giumarra

Siemens Foundation                                                                                      Momentum Communications Group

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93 Students Named Regional Finalists; 322 Honored as Semifinalists

in Prestigious STEM Competition

ISELIN, NJ, October 19, 2012―The Siemens Foundation today invited 93 students from 25 states to compete as Regional Finalists in this year’s Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.  322 semifinalists were also announced.  A complete list is available at

“These students have invested time, energy and talent in tackling challenging scientific research at a young age,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation.  “The recognition they have won today demonstrates that engagement in STEM is an investment well worth making.”

Regional finalists are invited to compete at one of six regional events held over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 2-3); The University of Texas at Austin (November 2-3); University of Notre Dame (November 9-10); California Institute of Technology (November 9-10); Georgia Institute of Technology (November 16-17) and Carnegie Mellon University (November 16-17).

Administered by the College Board, the Siemens Competition awards one $3,000 prize to an individual and one $6,000 prize to a team at each regional competition.  Winners of the regional events advance to the National Finals at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, December 1-4, 2012, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.  2,255 students registered to enter the 2012 Siemens Competition for a total 1,504 projects submitted.

Follow us on the road to the Siemens Competition:  Follow us on Twitter (#SiemensComp) and like us on Facebook at  Then visit at 9:30am EST on December 4 for a live webcast of the National Finalist Awards Presentation.

The Siemens Foundation

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. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.  By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.  The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.  For more information, visit .

The College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.  For further information, visit


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