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Bay area students win science competition at Caltech

November 10, 2012 | 10:42 pm

For their research into lung cancer, a pair of California high school students will share a $6,000 scholarship – and a chance to compete at the national finals in December – in what is billed as the nation’s top science research competition for high school students.  

Thomas Luh, from Leland High School in San Jose, and Joy Jin, from Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, won in the team category at the regional finals of the Siemens Competition at the California Institute of Technology on Saturday. Their project probed the link between two proteins implicated in cancer formation. More than 2,200 students registered to enter the competition this year. 

Luh’s research was spurred by the loss of family members to cancer. He is also a competitive musician. Jin is a competitive figure skater, and plans to be a surgeon or pursue cancer research.

Luh and Jin will compete against five other teams at the national team finals in Washington, D.C. in December. The winning team will share a $100,000 scholarship. 

A student from Portland, Ore., Raghav Tripathi, won a $3,000 scholarship – and first place in the regional individual category – for his research into painkillers. 


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