Girls High School Students Chosen Finalists in Siemens Westinghouse Competition

Nov 10, 2005 — Two students from Yeshiva University High School for Girls have been chosen as regional finalists in the 2005-06 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students.

Lauren Sipzner and Jaimie Stettin, both of Queens, will be competing in the Middle States Regional Finals at Carnegie Mellon University on Nov. 18 and 19. Their project involves research into the whitener titanium dioxide and its use in nanotechnology.

“This is the first year Yeshiva University High School for Girls has participated in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and we are thrilled at the progress of Lauren and Jaimie’s team,” said Rochelle Brand, YUHS principal.

This year, 1,684 students registered for the Siemens Westinghouse Competition, and 83 students were selected by the judges to advance to the regional finalist level.

Winning teams in the Regional Finals share a $6,000 scholarship. All runners-up receive a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, the Siemens Foundation awards $2,000 to the high school of every regional finalist.

Regional finals take place over the course of three consecutive weekends in November at six leading research universities: Carnegie Mellon University (Middle States), University of Notre Dame (Midwest), University of California, Berkeley (West), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (New England), Georgia Institute of Technology (South), and The University of Texas at Austin (Southwest).

Winners of the regional finals will be invited to compete for scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 at the National Finals in New York City, from Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, at New York University.

“We congratulate all the regional finalists on their outstanding achievement,” said Thomas N. McCausland, chairman of the board of the Siemens Foundation.

The Siemens Foundation launched the annual Siemens Westinghouse Competition in 1998 to recognize America’s best and brightest students in math, science and technology. The competition is administered by the College Board.

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