12 Dec Student wins $100,000 Siemens prize for pandemic flu research project
High-school senior Eric Chen of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif., won the individual category for his discovery of powerful influenza enzyme inhibitors, which could be used to develop anti-flu drugs. Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Zainab Mahmood and JiaWen Pei from George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., shared the $100,000 prize in the group category for their work on ozone resistance in plants.
“These students represent the future of our competitive global workforce and will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success,” David Etzwiler, chief executive officer of the Siemens Foundation, said in a statement.
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