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Jason Shieh, Bronx Sci Regional Finalist

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Jason Shieh

Mr. Jason Shieh, a senior at The Bronx High School of Science, was named a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. He has been awarded a $1,000 Scholarship and will compete in the individual competition today and Saturday, November 21, 2009 on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Jason was selected among the seventeen Region 4 Finalists and is among the 96 regional finalists nationwide. This year, the Siemens Competition received a total of 1,649 applicants from students in the U.S. The Competition is a program from The Siemens Foundation and administered by the College Board.

Winners of the Regional Finals will go on to compete for the $100,000 Scholarship Grand Prize in the National Finals taking place in December in New York City.

Please see below Jason’s bio and a description of his research project.

Name:
Jason Shieh

School:
The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY

Hometown:
New York, NY
 
Project:
A Stroma Culture System Supports the Growth of Primary Human B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL), and Reveals the Heterogeneity and the Hierarchical Structure of B-ALL Cells.

Field:
Biomedical Research. Mr. Shieh’s biomedical research project improves the understanding of B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) stem cells and their growth microenvironment. The research also provides a tool to screen novel drugs and therapies for this type of leukemia.
 
Snapshot:
Mr. Shieh is a senior who is currently taking AP Biology and AP Calculus BC; however, Biology is his favorite subject and what he plans to major in at college. Mr. Shieh is a member of his school’s Math and Junior Engineering Teams. His dream job is to become a physician scientist.
 
Fun Facts:
Mr. Shieh enjoys fencing and is on the Varsity Fencing Team. Additionally, he plays violin, viola and piano. James D. Watson is his personal hero, namely due to his discovery of the double helix, making it possible for numerous advancements in biology. He speaks fluent Mandarin.
 
Mentors:
Dr. Malcolm A.S. Moore, Hematologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dr. Allison Wheeler, Biology Teacher, The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY

About Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, which provides more than $7 million in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. The Siemens Competition is administered by the College Board. More information can be found at here.
 
Winners of the regional events are invited to compete at the National Finals at New York University in New York City, December 3 – December 7, 2009. Visit here on December 7, 2009 at 9:30 am EST to view a live webcast of the National Finalist Award Presentation.

 

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