Local student wins $50K for science research

Courtesy of Manan Shah
Manan Shah, Los Altos resident and senior at The Harker School, placed second at the Siemens Competition, earning a $50,000 scholarship.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah, a senior at The Harker School, won a $50,000 scholarship for his research project earlier this month.

Shah earned second place at the 17th annual Siemens Competition national finals in Washington, D.C., for developing a computational model aimed at helping pathologists more rapidly and accurately assess the severity of breast cancer tumor growth and spread.

“The competition was a wonderful and exciting experience,” Shah wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “I enjoyed the opportunity to present my research to a panel of distinguished judges and interact with other peers in our nation’s capital, and I’m extremely thrilled about my second-place award.”

While Shah is still undecided about which college he plans to attend, he will use the scholarship to further his education.

“I certainly see myself continuing to work with mathematics, computer science and translational applications to the fields of biology and medicine to impact lives in the future,” he said.

The competition, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.

The 2016 Siemens Competition awards were presented at George Washington University, host of this year’s national finals event. Nineteen high school competitors – winnowed down from an original pool of more than 2,000 – were judged on their research in topics that addressed issues ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to levitating cars, cancer and planets outside the solar system. Students submitted more than 1,600 projects for the competition in areas such as computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, environmental science, biochemistry, biology and engineering.

For more information on Shah’s project, see the previous Town Crier feature at

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