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IMSA Students Win Prestigious Awards in National Science Competition

Four IMSA seniors were named semifinalists in the prestigious national Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

 Vladislav Kontsevoi
 Anusha Kumar
 Jonathan Park
 Nancy Yu

The IMSA students are among only 10 in Illinois and 318 nationwide who were named semifinalists in the competition.  The four students named and the project titles were:

Anusha Kumar of Moline, Evolutionary Reductions in the β-Adrenergic System: Possible Molecular Basis for Lack of Rapid Background Adaptation in the Texas Toad, Bufo Speciosus;

Vladislav Kontsevoi of Evanston, Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties of Lead Telluride by Doping;

Jonathan Park of Chicago, Determining the Mechanisms of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) Ocular Cell Infection;

Nancy Yu of Springfield, Activation Kinetics of CD4 and CD8 T Cells in Response to Listeria Monocytogenes Infection.  

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students.  The annual competition, administered by the College Board, awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories.  The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, the national leader in supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with contributions surpassing $7 million each year.

IMSA President Dr. Max McGee said IMSA’s semifinalists demonstrate the unbelievable breadth and depth of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) talent among IMSA’s students.

“I am thrilled that the products of IMSA’s Student Inquiry and Research program are being recognized by one of the nation’s most coveted science competitions for high school students, demonstrating the impact of an IMSA education on the broader scientific community”  he added.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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