2012-13 Siemens Awards For Advanced Placement Announced
Siemens Foundation Recognizes 101 Students in 50 States for Exceptional STEM
ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013
ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The nation's top achievers in
Advanced Placement® science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
courses were honored today with the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the
College Board. This year, 101 high school students in all 50 states –
including 93 seniors and 8 juniors – were honored. Two national winners (one
male and one female) were recognized, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship.
Ninety-nine state winners will each receive a $2,000 scholarship.
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Ashvin Swaminathan, a senior at The Harker School in San Jose, California, and
Lilly Shen, a senior at William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas,
were named the national winners. This is the second consecutive year that a
student from The Harker School has won a national Siemens Award for Advanced
"We commend this year's Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement winners on their
hard work and dedication to STEM subjects, and we thank the teachers, parents
and schools who supported their scholarship," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor,
president of the Siemens Foundation.
"We are proud to join our partners at the Siemens Foundation in recognizing
these exceptional students. Today's award-winners have the foundation to
achieve great success in some of today's most exciting, innovative careers,"
said David Coleman, president of the College Board.
Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines including STEM): 18
Favorite AP Class: AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism)
Advice to other AP students: "Challenge yourself by taking as many AP courses
as you can."
Proudest Accomplishments: Selected as Regional Finalist in 2012 Siemens
Competition in Math, Science & Technology; accepted to Harvard College
Plans for College Study: Mathematics, physics, classics (Latin and Greek) and
Anticipated Career: University professor and researcher in math and physics
Favorite nonacademic pursuits: First violinist in San Francisco Youth
Orchestra; tutoring community college students in calculus
Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines including STEM): 16
Favorite AP Class: AP Environmental Science
Advice to other AP students: "Don't worry so much about the test. Just take
your time to learn all you can, and don't forget to enjoy the class!"
Proudest Accomplishments: Attending Research Science Institute; making time
for amazing friends
Plans for College Study: Applied math, economics and visual arts
Anticipated Career: "I hope to use my skills in math and science to affect
the world in a positive way."
Favorite nonacademic pursuits: Art, volunteering
The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
Established in 1998, the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
(http://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/advanced_placement.htm) awards $2,000
college scholarships to students from each of the 50 states who have earned
the greatest number of scores of 5 on exams in the following AP® courses:
Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Environmental Science,
Statistics, Physics C Mechanics and Physics C Electricity and Magnetism. Each
state potentially has two winners, one male and one female.
For complete information and photos of this year's Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement winners, please
The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of
educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages
K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.
By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and
schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's
scientists and engineers. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of
innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens'
U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For more information,
visit www.siemens-foundation.org. Follow the Siemens Foundation on Twitter
@SFoundation and Facebook at SiemensFoundation.
The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that
connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the
College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the
membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world's leading
educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity
in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million
students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and
services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the
Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education
community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and
schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
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