NATION'S SCIENCE & MATH SUPERSTARS HONORED WITH 2009 SIEMENS AWARDS FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Siemens Foundation Celebrates a Decade of Excellence
Advocating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Initiatives from Grade School through Graduate School
Iselin, NJ (February 19, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — Today the Siemens Foundation honored the nation's top performing American high school students in Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) science and math courses with the announcement of the 2009 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.
"Since 1998, the Siemens Foundation has been engaged in honoring excellence among students, teachers and high schools in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a series of innovative programs that span education from grade school through graduate school," says James Whaley, president of the New Jersey-based Siemens Foundation. "Our support of STEM through scholarships, awards and grants in each of the 50 states is an investment in our future and those who will create it," adds Whaley.
The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement is a $300,000 annual commitment of support for the efforts of students, teachers and high schools that excel in STEM-related Advanced Placement initiatives across the nation. This includes $2,000 college scholarships for students (one male and one female in each state), $5,000 scholarships for a male and female national student winner, $1,000 grants in support of high schools that have made significant strides in AP STEM initiatives, and $1,000 awards for exceptional teachers in each state. One national teacher winner earns a $5,000 award for exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to students and the AP Program.
This year's national student winners are Anji Tang from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts and Eliyahu Putterman from The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in New York, New York. The national teacher winner is Janice Crowley, an AP Chemistry teacher at Wichita Collegiate School in Wichita, Kansas. Each one is a reminder of the importance of recognizing STEM education.
The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement is one of five Siemens Foundation programs that support math and science education from grade school through graduate school — including The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (www.wecanchange.com), Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, Siemens Science Days (www.siemensscienceday.com) and Siemens Teacher Scholarships.
"We are very pleased to partner with the Siemens Foundation to recognize the success of these AP science and math students, and the teachers and the high schools that have fostered student success," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "Performing well on an AP Exam is more than just the completion of a rigorous course; it is the bridge to college success. The U.S. needs to train a new generation of scientists and mathematicians. Siemens Award winners are leading the way."
Up to 100 students (potentially one female and one male in each state) receive a $2,000 college scholarship for earning the greatest number of grades of 5 on the following AP courses: Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, Environmental Science, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics and Statistics. Students must obtain a grade of 5 on at least two of these exams to qualify. Two national winners (one male and one female with the greatest number of grades of 5) are each awarded a $5,000 college scholarship.
Teacher & School Winners
Siemens Foundation honors winning high school math and science teachers with a $1,000 award. One Siemens National AP Teacher of the Year wins a $5,000 award. Teachers with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in math, science or technology AP courses are selected for their exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to students and the AP Program.
One high school per state is selected in recognition of its commitment to students and leadership in AP participation and performance. Schools receive a $1,000 grant awarded from Siemens Foundation to be used to support math and science education.
Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. The newest program, The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, 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 http://www.siemens-foundation.org.
The College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.com.
More Information About the 2009 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
All winners' names will be spotlighted in the February 23, 2009 edition of USA Today.