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  • More than 1,600 students nationwide entered the Siemens competition.
  • 20 finalists were chosen to present their projects at N.Y.U.
  • First time, girls outnumbered boys in the final round.


NRI Isha Jain, 16, won the $100,000 scholarship & make History
by Sweeping Top Honors at a Science Contest

New York, Dec. 3, 2007
Harbakash Singh

NRI Isha Himani Jain, 16, a senior at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, won the $100,000 scholarship and placed first in the individual category for her studies of bone growth in zebra fish, whose tail fins grow in spurts, similar to the way children’s bones do.

Bone Growth: Jain's research on zebra fish bone growth that adds a new dimension to our understanding of human bone growth and our ability to treat bone injuries and disorders. Ms. Jain's project is entitled, Bone Growth in Zebra Fish Fins Occurs via Multiple Pulses of Cell Proliferation. Jain is the first to identify mini spurts, a cellular mechanism that underlies growth spurts on a molecular level. This is graduate level work

It is the top honor for the first time in its nine-year history, in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, one of the nation’s most coveted student science awards, which were announced yesterday at New York University. Isha Jain's research has been published in Developmental Dynamics, a premier journal in the field of developmental biology. Isha is a member of the American Physiological Society, Endocrine Society, and American Ceramic Society.

Tuberculosis research: Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff, seniors at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York, won the $100,000 prize in the team category, which they will share equally, for research on tuberculosis.

Genetic defects: Alicia Darnell, 17, a senior at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, N.Y., won second place and a $50,000 scholarship in the individual category for research that identified genetic defects that could play a role in the development of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Nancy Hopkins, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said, the three girls’ victories is “wonderful news, but I can’t honestly say it’s shocking,”

The president of the Siemens Foundation, Mr. James Whaley said, "The competition results send a great message to young women."

Isha Himani Jain's mother Sweety Jain is a doctor and father Himanshu Jain, a chair professor at department of materials science and engineering at Lehigh University, Bethlehemwho developed her interest in clinical research and awareness of the importance of science. Isha's hobbies include Indian classical and modern dance, soccer, skiing, and jewelry making. She plans to study biology and mathematics and aspires to lead a lab focused in these disciplines. Isha Himani Jain, who took home the top individual prize, published her first research paper with her father when she was 10.

Isha says her father Himanshu Jain, a chair professor at department of materials science and engineering at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and her mother Sweety Jain, who practises family medicine, encouraged her.

In Siemens Competition the national winners of the 2007-08 were:


  • $50,000 scholarship: Alicia Darnell of Pelham, New York
  • $40,000 scholarship: Jacob Steinhardt of Vienna, Virginia
  • $30,000 scholarship: Ayon Sen of Austin, Texas
  • $20,000 scholarship: Nandini Sarma of Overland Park, Kansas
  • $10,000 scholarship: Alexander C. Huang of Plano, Texas


  • $50,000 scholarship - Vivek Bhattacharya of Cary, North Carolina, and Hao Lian and Daniel Vitek of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • $40,000 scholarship - Camden Miller of Fairview, Texas, and John Chen of Richardson, Texas
  • $30,000 scholarship - Christopher Ding of Rochester, Michigan, and James Jiang of Troy, Michigan
  • $20,000 scholarship - Caroline Lang of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Rebecca Ehrhardt of Hamilton Square, New Jersey, and Naomi Collipp of Yardley, Pennsylvania
  • $10,000 scholarship - Sarah Waliany and Shelina Kurwa of Arcadia, California






NRI Isha Himani Jain, 16, a senior at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, won the $100,000

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At the time of annoncement of winning

  • The Siemens competition was first held in 1998 and is distinct from the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, which was founded in 1941 and is now known as the Intel Science Talent Search. Many high school students enter both.