Siemens regional finalists announced today


Research partners Swapnil Garg (12) and Katherine Tian (11) received notice on Nov. 6 that the Siemens Foundation named them regional finalists. They developed an automatic cancer-severity classifier at the Heng Lab in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of the Harvard Medical School.

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

Two upper school students were named regional finalists for the 2017 Siemens Competition today. 101 regional finalists from across the country were selected from the 491 semifinalists announced yesterday.

Swapnil Garg (12) and Katherine Tian (11) are two of 11 regional finalists in California. They will each receive $1,000 in scholarship money. The Siemens Foundation holds the annual Siemens Competition to recognize students for their research in various fields of STEM. Individuals and teams conduct research projects under mentors and showcase their findings to judges.

Finalists will submit digital posters and presentations on Oct. 30, and regional finalists from the region including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah will present to judges at the California Institute of Technology via livestream on Nov. 11. The Siemens Foundation will announce the regional winners of California on Nov. 13, who will then compete nationally George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in December.