Yorktown High School Science Research Program student Priya Mohindra has been named Regional Semifinalist of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
“I have wonderful guidance from Dr. Jason Lewis and Dr. Brian Zeglis of the radiation department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,” Mohindra said.
Mohindra is the only student in the Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties who won this honor. She will present her research at Carnegie Mellon University on November 18 and 19. Her research focuses on making PET imaging, used for body scans, more specific in detecting cancer at the cellular level, rather than at the anatomical level.
“We are thrilled with this news, and are so proud of the work that she has accomplished to have reached this point with her three year research project,” said Michael Blueglass, director of the Yorktown Science Research Program,
The Siemens Competition is administered annually by the College Board, awarding college scholarships for high school students ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories for original research in math, science and technology.
Over 1,000 projects were received this year from throughout the United States. Of these, regional finalist whiz kids will be called to compete at one of six regional competitions held over three consecutive weekends in November. Winners of the regional events are invited to compete at the National Finals in New York in December.
More information, including a complete list of semifinalists and regional finalists, is available at www.siemensfoundation.org.