Carmel Valley senior Eric Chen wins $100,000 Grand Prize at Siemens Competition

Eric Chen
Eric Chen

Canyon Crest Academy student Eric Chen and three New York students were recently awarded Grand Prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their research in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s “premier research competition for high school students.” The students join a highly selective group of just 14 individual competitors and 14 teams previously named winners of the Siemens Competition.

Eric, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category for his discovery of potent influenza endonuclease inhibitors, which could be used to develop anti-flu drugs. Eric also recently earned the Google Science Fair Grand Prize and was a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Research on plants’ resistance to ozone earned Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Woodmere, N.Y.; Zainab Mahmood, Hewlett, N.Y.; and JiaWen Pei, Valley Stream, N.Y. the shared $100,000 Grand Prize scholarship in the Team category.

The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, a leading supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. The competition is administered by the College Board. The 15th annual awards were presented recently at The George Washington University, host of the 2013 Siemens Competition National Finals.

Video, photos and biographies are available at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/2013competition/.

“Congratulations to Eric, Priyanka, Zainab and JiaWen, this year’s Siemens Competition winners, who have demonstrated incredible commitment to the advancement of science, math and technology,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “These students represent the future of our competitive global workforce and will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success. We look forward to seeing their future accomplishments in college and beyond.”

Eric’s project mentors were Dr. Rommie Amaro, assistant professor, and Dr. Gen-Sheng Feng, professor, both of the University of California, San Diego.

The Siemens Competition $100,000 winners will ring “The Closing Bell” at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

   
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