MacArthur High School Senior Named Siemens Semifinalist
MacArthur High School science research student Helen Zhang, has been named a Semifinalist in the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition for her project, "Optimizing Molar Ratios of Gold-Silver Alloy Nanoparticles to Enhance the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells."
During the summer, Zhang participated in a six-week summer research program at Stony Brook University at the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces. She focused her project on synthesizing gold-silver alloy nanoparticles and coated membranes of PEM fuel cells in order to reduce cost and improve efficiency of electricity generation.
"Helen is not only an incredible student and young scientist, but she is an amazing person," said science research teacher Dr. David Friedman. "She continues to make her family and her MacArthur family proud. I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with her."
As the nation's premier competition in math, science and technology, the Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science. Students submit individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.
Zhang is among 491 semifinalists from throughout the country who were selected out of more than 1860 projects that were submitted. Semifinalists and their projects are judged to determine who advances on to six regional competitions held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.
"To say that I'm excited is a major understatement," said Principal Joseph Sheehan. "I'm so proud of Helen's accomplishments, her work ethic and her dedication. She is an incredible young lady."