Fox Chapel Area student earns $1,000 scholarship for science project
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A Fox Chapel Area High School student failed to advance to the finals of the pretigious Siemens Math, Science & Technology competition.
But as a regional finalist, Akansh N. Murthy, 17, of Aspinwall, earned a $1,000 scholarship, and the Fox Chapel Area School District stands to receive $2,000 for his research accomplishments.
Akansh is one of 30 individuals and 30 teams to compete in regional competitions through Nov. 22, including one next weekend at Carnegie Mellon University. More information is available at www.siemens-foundation.org.
Akansh, a senior who's research on prostate cancer began in in the ninth grade, identified a urine biomarker he thinks can be used to diagnose prostate cancer more accurately. He was one of only 96 students and 60 projects selected from a pool of 1,205 projects to compete in the regional finals.
The Siemens Competition, launched in 1998, is recognized as America's premier high-school competition in math, science and technology focused exclusively on original research. The competition is administrated by The College Board.
First Published November 9, 2008 3:44 pm