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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Success at Siemens National Finals!

Congratulations to Julia and Patrick, who competed at the Siemens Science and Technology Competition National Finals in Washington, DC. They were one of six teams left, and were in the running for a $100,000 scholarship. Their work focused on post-starburst galaxies.

They finished 3rd in the nation!!!!! They will split a $40,000 scholarship, and we could not be more proud!

To see their paper, click here.

See their presentation at the National Finals here! I do think they saved their best for last, as this talk went great!

For younger students, keep in mind you can begin research in numerous fields, it is just a matter of sitting down and chatting. It is a wonderful experience to actually go through the process of science, which is SO different from what you read in a textbook or see in a one-period class lab. You will learn a ton, and almost certainly have a great time while working on a project. If you end up with a paper and submit to a contest, that is simply icing on the bigger cake (but should not be the primary reason for getting involved in the work). See me if you'd like to learn more. Look here for a link to past student research papers.


  1. Congrats!! The ORHS Team that won the gold was at the same Middle School my daughter went to when we were there (Cassee, one half of the ORHS team, was Student Council President at the time). Great kids all!

  2. A small world as always, Shane! I am not sure how one compares astrophysics to medical to math to biochemical research, but the opportunities for students are what matters. Amazing 'kids,' every one of them!