A Gunn High School sophomore and her science-project teammate won $10,000 over the weekend as runners up in the Washington, D.C. final round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
Joy Jin of Gunn and Thomas Luh of Leland High School in San Jose were among six teams and six individuals that advanced to the nationals in the annual competition that this year drew 2,255 initial entries.
Gunn juniors Jaewoon Yoon and Catherine Nitta were recognized as semi-finalists in the contest.
Jin and Luh's project involves targeting the relationship between two proteins critical in the formation and development of lung cancer.
Taking the top $100,000 scholarship prizes in Washington over the weekend was, in the individual category, Kensen Shi, a senior at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas, for developing a new method to improve robot motion planning.
In the team category, Jeremy Appelbaum, William Gil and Allen Shin, all seniors at George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., shared the prize for their project investigating COP1, a key protein in plants and animals.
The 14th annual Siemens awards were presented this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at George Washington University. All the finalists won scholarships ranging from $10,000 to the top $100,000 prize.
The judging panel was led by Akos Vertes, professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology at George Washington and co-director of the university's W.M. Keck Institute for Proteomics Technology and Applications.