FAQs

Why is the Siemens Competition ending?
Over the last few years we’ve taken a close look at changes in the U.S and the people, programs and expertise we have to address those needs and adjusted our investments accordingly. The growing momentum around our investments in workforce development, including through career and technical education, apprenticeships, and more, has affirmed our belief that moving forward in this direction provides the best opportunity for us to serve those in need. Addressing inequalities in economic opportunity and the vanishing middle-class of America is an area where we believe we can be an important part of the solution. 

Where will the money that was used to support the Siemens Competition now be invested?
The Siemens Foundation will hone its focus on providing young people with access to a broad range of STEM education and training options to fill today’s and tomorrow’s technical job needs, many of which do not require a full four-year college degree. The Foundation and its board of directors will announce those programs later this year.  

What is the effective date of this decision?
After 19 wonderful years of recognizing and rewarding the most promising and innovative STEM research by high school students, the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math Science, and Technology was the last competition.  

The Competition wouldn’t be open again for another 8 months, why announce this now?
The Siemens Competition is a year-long effort involving numerous vendors and partners. We needed to stop ongoing program efforts before they began for this year’s competition. The most important of our partners, of course, are students and mentors. We wanted them to know now the Competition will not be among those they should consider going forward so they can plan their competition season accordingly. 

Will there be another sponsor for this competition?
We’ve just announced the decision and there are no plans at this time for an alternate sponsor of the Competition. While the Siemens Competition has ended, we know other science research competitions and scholarships will continue to thrive. 

What if my child has already been developing research for this competition?
Fortunately, there are currently many competitions where students can submit their science research:

https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts

https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef

https://www.jshs.org/

http://www.biotechinstitute.org/go.cfm?do=Page.View&pid=89

Various Science Competitions Links:

https://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/resources/competitions/science.html

https://admissionsintel.com/12-of-the-nations-most-prestigious-science-competitions-for-high-school-students/ 

Will the Siemens Competition continue to honor scholarships already awarded to participants?
Absolutely. Previously awarded scholarship funds will be available under the same distribution guidelines as in the past. For more Information, please visit: 
https://www.siemens-foundation.org/programs/siemens-competition-archives/scholarship

Is the Siemens Foundation backing away from STEM?
Not in the slightest. We are honing our focus within STEM in order to maximize our impact by providing young people with a broad range of STEM education and training options to fill today’s and tomorrow’s technical career needs, many of which do not require a full four-year college degree. The Foundation and its board of directors will announce new programs later this year.