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2017 Siemens Competition

College Scholarships to USA Students for
Participating in a STEM Research Competition

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Foundation / Corporation

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Siemens Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/19/17 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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College scholarships starting at $1,000 to USA and territories high school students and teams for successfully participating in a STEM research competition. This program promotes academic excellence by encouraging high schoolers to undertake intensive research. Projects will enhance student understanding of the value of scientific study, and inform their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.

The Advantage of Participating
-Expands your inquiry-based skills.
-Challenges you to solve some of the world's toughest problems.
-Opens new doors in pursuit of your educational and career objectives.
-Provides the opportunity to meet other students who share your interest in research.
-Allows you to engage with distinguished scientists.
-Offers you a chance to win a college scholarship.

Research Reports may be submitted on projects in the fields of mathematics, engineering, biological and physical sciences. They may also involve combinations of disciplines such as:

-Cell/Cancer Biology
-Chemical Engineering
-Civil Engineering
-Computer Science
-Earth and Atmospheric Science
-Electrical Engineering
-Environmental Science and Engineering
-Materials Science/Nanoscience
-Mechanical Engineering
-Nutritional Science

Your scholarship can be used for:
-Tuition and fees required for enrollment.
-Fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for any courses of instruction at the school that are required for graduation.
-On-campus room and board.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173623

Estimated Size of Grant:

Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000.

Regional Awards - Individuals:
-Finalists: $1,000
-Winners: $3,000

Regional Awards - Teams:
-Finalists: $1,000 each team member
-Winners: $6,000 divided equally among team members

National Awards*:
-1st Place: $100,000
-2nd Place: $50,000
-Finalists (4): $25,000

*Prizes will be distributed equally among team members.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Student Eligibility:

The Siemens Competition is open to high school students who are citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) of the United States. Students must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending one of the following (during the 2017-18 school year):

-High school (grades 9-12) in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake and Midway Islands, or the Marianas.

-Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school.

-Foreign school as an exchange student or because your parent or guardian lives and works abroad.

-Homeschool provided that signatures are obtained from the school district responsible for such programs. If your state does not require district supervision, the parent or guardian responsible for the homeschooling must sign it.

-Students must be enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) during the 2017-18 school year.

Students submitting individual projects must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending their last year of high school (grade 12). Students must complete all high school courses required for college admissions no later than September 1, 2018.

Team projects may have two or three members and do not need to include a senior (grade 12).

-All team members must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending high school (grades 9-12), although team members may be from different schools.

-Each team must designate a team leader who serves as the communication liaison between the Siemens Competition and the other members of the team. All team members must have active roles in the design, execution, and delivery of results of the research submitted to the Siemens Competition and have made a substantial contribution to the effort.

-If your team structure changes, either before or after registration, students are required to indicate (1) the nature of the change and (2) that all team members agree to the change in the Acknowledgements section of the Project Form in your Student Dashboard. Teams are required to list ALL current and past team members in the Project form, regardless of whether or not they were part of the final team. you will be required to complete an acknowledgement form indicating the change and that all team members agree to the change. Teams will also be required to list all current and past team members’ contributions, regardless if they were part of the final team, or not.

You are also required to list the contributions of all previous team members in the Acknowledgements section. Please provide (1) how the team member(s) contributed to the project, (2) how the project changed or will change without their future contributions, and (3) contact information for the previous team member(s) associated with the project including student names, email addresses, and school names.

Failure to identify others who assisted you with any aspect of your research may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation, regardless of when such failure to identify comes to their attention.

Competition entrants who have parents, guardians, or Competition mentors employed at, or otherwise affiliated with, the Siemens Foundation's university partners (Carnegie Mellon University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The University of Texas at Austin; California Institute of Technology; and University of Notre Dame) may enter the Competition but may not be permitted to compete at the partner university where the parent, guardian, or mentor is employed or otherwise affiliated. Entrant must disclose this information during the registration process. Furthermore, if lab or research work for the project was performed at any of these six universities, students may enter the Competition but may not be able to compete at that university site. Entrants are also required to disclose this information during the registration process.

Children of employees of Discovery Communications and its subsidiaries are not eligible to enter the Competition.

Social and behavioral science research projects are NOT eligible. Social science is considered to be the study of society or social behavior. Behavioral science is considered any project that involves the study of the actions and reactions of humans and animals through observation and experimental methods.

Pre-Application Information:

Students should be prepared to participate in all aspects of the Competition. This includes being available to attend regional and national levels of the Competition if you are selected as a finalist.

NEW THIS YEAR: Your team structure must be finalized by 11:59 PM E/T on Monday, August 14, 2017. After this date, you cannot make any changes to your team structure (adding or removing members). If for extenuating circumstances you need to do so, you must present your case in writing to the Siemens Competition Team for approval.

The winners of the individual and team regional awards advance to compete at the national level. The national winners are announced at a special event hosted by the Siemens Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Competition Schedule:
-Monday, May 8, 2017: 2017 Registration Opens
-Tuesday, September 19, 2017: All Competition Materials Due (Research Report and all Additional Required Materials).
-Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Announcement of Semifinalists
-Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Announcement of Regional Finalists

Regional Competition:
-Monday, October 30, 2017: Digital Poster and Presentations Due
-Saturday, November 4, 2017: Presentations to: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
-Monday, November 6, 2017: Regional Winners Announced for University of Notre Dame and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Saturday, November 11, 2017: Presentations to: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; and
-California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
-Monday, November 13, 2017: Regional Winners Announced for: The University of Texas at Austin and California Institute of Technology
-Saturday, November 18, 2017: Presentations to: Georgia Institute of Techonology, Atlanta, Georgia; and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
-Monday, November 20, 2017: Regional Winners Announced for: Georgia Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University

National Competition:
-December 1-5, 2017: The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
-December 5, 2017: National Winners Announced

Students receive instructions regarding how to request a scholarship disbursement via email in May. Scholarship award money is sent directly to the accredited college or university the winning students select. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must be enrolled full-time and making good academic progress toward a degree.

Mentor matching resources are available. Learn more about finding a mentor for your 2017 Siemens Competition Research Project:

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