It is with both sadness and excitement that we inform you that the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology was our last. This decision was by no means an easy one, but it was unanimous and based on the Siemens Foundation board’s belief that the charitable investments made in the competition can now serve society more effectively through other initiatives. 

The Siemens Foundation will continue to focus on providing young people with access to STEM education and training options that provide economic opportunity, particularly those do not require a four-year college degree. The Foundation will announce new programs later this year.  

Over the years, it has been our privilege to witness the brilliance, compassion and commitment of the next generation of scientists and innovators who participated in the Siemens Competition. We are thrilled to have played a meaningful role in America’s long-standing legacy of science competition sponsorship and it is gratifying to see the support and sponsorship of science and innovation competitions growing. 

While changes like these are difficult for all of us, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the incredible journey we’ve had, and the incredible journey to come.


The Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology (1999-2017)

The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, was a signature program of the Siemens Foundation.  The Competition was administered by the College Board until 2013, and by Discovery Education from 2014-2017.

Each year, the program invited high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Students competed as individuals or as members of a team.

Since its inception:

  • More than $10 million in scholarships were handed out
  • More than 28,000 students submitted projects, with more than 1,600 of them winning scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
  • There were 2 all-girl sweeps:  Once in 2007, and again in 2015.
  • Over the past 10 years, we saw an average of 46% participation by young women, peaking at the all-time high of 48% this past competition year.
  • Which States had the most regional and national finalists?
  1. North Carolina (94)
  2. California (87)
  3. New York (78)
  4. Texas (54)
  5. Tennessee  (47)

 To learn more about previous winners and their projects, please visit: