Somers Student Named Intel Science Semifinalist

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Somers High School student Simon Zheng has been named as a  semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Talent Search.
Somers High School student Simon Zheng has been named as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Talent Search. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gregory Horrace

SOMERS, N.Y. – Simon Zheng of Somers High School has been named a  semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition.

Every year, Intel recognizes 300 semifinalist students, who compete for $1.25 million in awards. Ultimately, 40 students are named finalists and invited to Washington, D.C. to display their work, meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $100,000.

This year’s 300 semifinalists were selected from more than 1,700 applicants, representing nearly 475 high schools in 42 states and U.S. territories. Each semifinalist will receive $1,000 for his/her outstanding research. Each semifinalist’s school also will receive $1,000.

Sixteen-year-old Zheng’s project is titled “Off-Axial Rocking Motion and Wavy Deformation in Triple-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.” His research and his Intel achievement will be recognized with a Certificate of Accomplishment that may be used to accompany any of his college or scholarship applications. In addition, Zheng will be listed on the website.

Zheng is not a newcomer to awards. Last year he was a National Merit Scholar and won an Honorable Mention award at International Sustainable World Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP).

Alumni of the Intel Science Talent Search together hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that Zheng won a medal at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). He participated in I-SWEEEP where he won an Honorable Mention award.

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