Senior Christina Chen was one of 60 regional finalists for this year’s Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
According to the Siemens Foundation website, the competition “reveals the brightest high school minds in contention for the nation’s most coveted teen science prize.”
Earlier this year, 1,900 students submitted papers on math, science and/or technology-related projects to the competition. Regional finalists and semifinalists were selected based solely on the papers, and the 60 finalists each received $1,000, according to Chen.
Then, the regional finalists were sent to six different universities to present posters of their projects to the public and to give oral presentations to a panel of judges. Then, the judges chose the national finalists, according to Chen.
Chen was assigned to work at Carnegie Mellon Thursday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 18.
“Being named a regional finalist meant a wonderful experience for me to not only speak in front of a panel of judges and answer their questions, but also an opportunity to interact with other students around the country and witness their talents and projects,” Chen said.
Chen, the officer of math team, said she loves exploring math because she “can investigate problems without answers and decide for myself which directions to explore.”
“I will continue to research mathematics in the future.”