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November 28, 2017 > Fremont student moves forward in Siemens Competition

Fremont student moves forward in Siemens Competition

Submitted By Brian Kilgore

The Siemens Foundation recently announced that Thomas Chen, a student at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, is among the 2017 class of regional finalists for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

The SiemenÕs Competition is the nation's premier research competition for high school students. Chen and 100 other regional finalists were picked from a group of 491 semifinalists who, in turn, were chosen from a pool of more than 1,860 projects submitted this year.

Chen quickly advanced to the next round of the competition -- the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the First-Place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The regional finalists compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November. Chen took part in the Western Regional at the California Institute of Technology on Nov. 10-11. Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., December 4 and 5, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the nation.

"We believe the new award structure for the finals better reflects the extraordinarily high caliber of projects considered," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "It's an acknowledgement that today's students produce impressive levels of research that change the world as we know it. Congratulations to the regional finalists on their accomplishments and best of luck to them in the next phase of the competition.Ó

Working on a team with two other Bay Area students, ChenÕs project, titled: ÒP12 Peptide's Suppressive Effects on Fibrinogen Fiber Formation and Novel Application of Machine Learning in Fiber CountingÓ involves the research and discovery of a new protein that prevents the formation of blood clots. This discovery has medical implications for preventing thrombosis and stroke.

According to Siemens, ChenÕs interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) began with math competitions in elementary school. He took it to the next level by entering computer science and physics competitions with his friends. Chen is most passionate about learning from research and reading books, as well as from other people. He cites many role models as he tries to emulate the strengths and good qualities of his friends and peers around him, ultimately leading to self-improvement. The protein Chen and his team discovered could help prevent blood clots and strokes. His experience in research has sparked his interest in the biology field. His goal for the future is to start his own tech company.

Along with Chen, two other Mission San Jose High School students were selected as semifinalists in the Siemens Competition: Ian Hsu, for his project titled ÒA Novel Study Correlating the Effects of 3D Printed Scaffold Surface Topography and Cell Plating Density on Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells;Ó and Richard Liu, for his project titled ÒSDSS-IV MANGA -- Investigating Trends Amongst Galaxy Properties Driven by Galaxy Evolution.Ó

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