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Researchers Battle for Spot in Siemens Finals

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by for Media, Siemens.

Senior researchers rocked the new school year by competing in the 17th Siemens Competition.

Siemens Award Medalion

The competition was founded by the Siemens Foundation in 1999 to encourage students to participate in intensive research to improve their understanding of the core values of scientific study. Last year alone, over $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to over 2,000 applicants.

"I worked at a lab throughout the entire summer at Brooklyn College," said Asia Le ’16. "I learned a lot about scientific research while having fun."

Juniors and seniors in the Midwood Science Research program participate in college level research in laboratories throughout the city, in various fields of scientific research. With a minimum of 15 hours spent in laboratories, most students spend much more to complete their individual research experiment with the goals to complete a scientific paper describing their projects and results.

Unlike previous years, the competition was revamped, with an eco-friendly application and an earlier deadline.

"I’m so glad they’re not using paper anymore," said Mr. Glenn Elert, research coordinator. "Paperwork is a pain to send. We used to carry a box filled with stacks of paper and ship it using FedEx."

Shifting from September 30, the deadline this year was the 21, 9 days earlier. With only five school days to prepare students for both the paperwork and the research report required for the competition, time was of the essence.

"The earlier deadline is good because it forces the students to work fast," Mr. Elert added. " It free up their time for the rest of the semester."

"I stayed until tenth period on the last day to finish the application for Siemens as there was so little time I had to complete it," said Max Miloslavsky ’16. " Everything was so rushed this year."

Although the researchers were required to start preparing their lab reports over the summer, many students had incomplete reports and that was only their first hurdle.

"I thought my lab report was pretty good at first," Miloslavsky ’16 added, "but when I went over it there were parts missing and awkwardly worded."

In addition to fixing lab reports, another challenge the researchers faced were incomplete experiments. Some student’s projects were not complete and were ineligible to enter; however, they will be considered for the prestigious Intel Talent Search Competition that will be held in November.

Although no spots were awarded to Midwood researchers this year, they will continue to battle for awards in the Intel Talent Search.

Written by Victor Lee (Class of 2016).
This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of Argus.

Siemens competition challenges researchers

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by for Media, Siemens.

Cancer cells, chemicals, solar panels, batteries and diseases were only some of the topics of the projects senior research students entered into the Siemens competition on Tuesday, September 30.

"It would be amazing if our school wins Siemens," said Dina Deng ’15, one of the competitors. "All of the research students are dedicated and worked hard to finalize their projects to meet the deadline."

In addition to Dina Deng, eight other students entered into Siemens. These include Michael Divgun, Taulant Kastrati, Sandra Lin, Patrice Sanderson, Carmine See, Richard Wu and Raymond Yu.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is administered by Discovery Education and funded by the Siemens Foundation. Its purpose is to reward talented high school students who have strong research skills and who are willing to push themselves. Rewards include scholarships of $1,000 up to $100,000 for finalists.

To enter this competition, participants had to first be a student in high school. Individual projects required them to be seniors. Then, you had to have a project that didn’t involve behavioral or social sciences. Finally, you needed a scientific research paper regarding your topic.

In order to meet the qualifications for the contest, all students were enrolled in research labs ranging from as close as Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate Hospital, to as far as New York University and Long Island University.

"A senior told me last year to finish my project over the summer," said Cindy Chee ’15, "so it would be easier than with all the school work. So, over the summer, I went Monday to Friday and finished my project."

Similarly other competitors also devoted most of their summers to the project.  Many started their projects in June and finished by the end of the summer. The competitors entered into Siemens for multiple reasons; however their goal was all the same: to win.

"I read previous papers, and they were good," said Richard Wu ’15, "but I feel confident my project can win."

Unlike the Intel Science Talent Search competition in November and NYSCEF in December, the Siemens was relatively early.

"This was a hard competition because the students had to work a month and a half faster than everyone else," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator. "Entering this is a sign of students who are harder workers, and are more advanced above their peers.

The semifinalists were announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. Unfortunately there were no semifinalists from Midwood.

Lucy Lin
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of Argus.

The Siemens Competition in a nutshell

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by for Seniors, Siemens.

  • Quick guide to important webpages and documents for the upcoming Siemens Competition.
  • Due dates and deadlines
    1. Register on or before Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Print out the "Confirmation Page" in landscape orientation when you are finished and give it to your supervising teacher. We will get the Principal’s signature for you.
    2. Organize and submit material for shipping Friday, September 27, 2013 periods 7, 8, 9, 10. We will provide blank CDs, large envelopes, a giant stapler, and pay for shipping.
    3. All entries must arrive at the College Board offices before 5:00 PM, Monday, September 30, 2013.


2012 Siemens Competition Region 4 Finalists:
Anna Guo, Jasmine Lam, and three non-Midwood students

郭藹儀 and 林穎雪 interviewed by 星島日報美東版

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by for Media, Siemens.


林穎雪

本報記者王鏑紐約報道 地位崇高的2012年「西門子科學獎」(Siemens Competition Maths, Science & Technology)地區決賽名單揭曉,與歷界相同今年仍然是以華生佔多,其中紐約州3位華生入選,加上韓裔共有6人,他們俱已拿下千元獎金,只要繼續過關就能晉見總統。


郭藹儀在哥大的實驗室做實驗。

紐約市的兩位得獎華生是來自布碌崙學院附屬Midwood高中的郭藹儀(Anna Guo)與林穎雪(Jasmine Lam),她們研究脊椎動物體內的五種?(HRASLS),通過檢視磷脂?和?基轉移?的活動來瞭解?的催化作用。她們並希望研究將來可用於治療代謝疾病,例如肥胖症和糖尿病等。

郭藹儀昨對獲晉級表現得相當興奮,她說,「這次是一個很好的經驗,很感謝老師與導師的循循善誘,希望未來能考入石溪大、或賓函頓大學攻讀護士師學位。」郭爸爸郭志光來自廣州,他得悉女兒入選笑逐顏開說,「沒有想過女兒會獲獎,她過去一年來每周兩、三天放學後就去哥倫比亞大學導師做研究,每次都好幾個小時,我不單心痛女兒辛苦,還擔心晚上回來的安全,這次辛勞終於有所回報,很替她開心。」

林穎雪也是很開心,特別是上周校長David Cohen親自恭喜她們,使她們兩人受寵若驚。她說「將來也希望當護士師,因為覺得學醫的路太長了。」目前她以報讀哥倫比亞大學為志向。林穎雪又稱,父母俱是香港移民,特別感謝他們的支持。

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2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 by for Awards, Siemens.

Siemens Foundation logo

Congratulations go out to Midwood seniors Anna Guo and Jasmine Lam today. They were declared Regional Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for their project “Substrate Specificities of the Vertebrate Members of the NIpC/P60 Protein Family”. They worked with Dr. William Blaner in the Institute of Human Nutrition at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Anna and Jasmine now move on to the next round of this competition at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they have additional scholarship and award opportunities. Let’s wish them all good luck!

2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009 by for Awards, Siemens.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is a national research competition for high school students. Midwood had one semifinalist in 2009.

Semifinalist

  • Ying Louie
    for her project "Provitamin A Carotenoid Conversion to Vitamin A, in the Liver, Involves Different Hepatic Cell Types and Their Interactions". She worked with Dr. William S. Blaner at the Columbia University Medical Center.

2007 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 by for Awards, Siemens.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Midwood had 1 semifinalist this year.

Semifinalist

  • Na Xue
    for her project "Distinct Mechanisms of Action of the 1st and 2nd Generation HIV Fusion Inhibitors." She worked with Dr. Shibo Jiang of the New York Blood Center.

2006 Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by for Awards, Siemens.

The Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Midwood had 1 semifinalist this year.

Semifinalist

  • Arif Hussain
    for his project "Molecular Insights into Catalysis by the Tryptophan and Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenases". He worked with Dr. Farhad Forouhar of the by Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium at Columbia University.

2005 Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 by for Awards, Siemens.

The Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition is a national research competition in the sciences and mathematics for high school students. Midwood had 3 semifinalists this year, more than any other high school in New York City.

Semifinalists

  • Yuliana León
    for her project "Computational Analysis of MyTH4 Domains in Myosin Proteins". She worked with Dr. Shaneen M. Singh of the Biology Department at Brooklyn College.
  • Jennifer Lien and Michael Vishnevetsky
    for their team project "Novel Cancer Therapeutics: Genetically Induced Expression of PNC-28, a Potent Antitumor Peptide Derived from the p53 Binding Domain of MDM-2". They worked with Dr. Josef Michl, of the Pathology Department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

2004 Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2004 by for Awards, Siemens.

The Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition is a national research competition in the sciences and mathematics for high school students. Midwood had 4 semifinalists this year, more than any other high school in New York City.

Group Photo
Back Row: Glenn Elert (teacher), Steve Zwisohn (principal) Lena Liang, Alan Stack (teacher), Ann Nicastri (teacher)
Front Row: Maya Barsky, Genna Ableman, Olga Pikovskaya

Regional Finalists

  • Genna Ableman and Maya Barsky
    for their team project "In vitro Simulation of Immunological and Biochemical Attack on Pancreatic Cancer-specific Antigen, PaCa-Ag1". They worked with Dr. Josef Michl of the Pathology Department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Olga Pikovskaya
    for her project "Structural Studies of Metabolite Sensing Messenger RNA". She worked with Dr. Dinshaw Patel and Dr. Alexander Serganov of the Structural Biology Department at Sloan Kettering Institute.

Semifinalists

  • Lena Liang
    for her project "Crystal Stucture of Multidrug Resistance Regulator NorR". She worked with Dr. Dinshaw Patel and Dr. Yu-Ren Yuan of the Structural Biology Department at Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.
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