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Three Siemens Semi-Finalists Named at Breck

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Three Breck School students were named 2016 Siemens Competition Semi-finalists earlier today. Congratulations to (photo, l-r) Archana Murali ’17, Samuel Rex ’17 and Maya Czeneszew ’18.

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Every year, students submit individual and team research projects to compete for college scholarships. According to the Siemens website, 1600 projects were submitted this year with only 498 students selected as semi-finalists.

Only three other Minnesota students were selected as semi-finalists this year. Congratulations to these students and their amazing accomplishments!

The Projects

Maya Czeneszew and Samuel Rex engineered a vascularization-inducing hydrogel that can be used to create capillary networks for use in 3D organ bioprinting. Their advisor is Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari from the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Research Center.

Archana Murali developed a computer software that analyzes retinal scans to predict, diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Her advisor is Dr. Robert Mittra from VitreoRetinal Surgery of Minnesota.