J. Richard Gott, chairman of the board of (Credit: Newsday, 1992 / Ken Spencer)

J. Richard Gott, chairman of the board of judges for the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, holds up the hand of Kurt Thorn, first place winner, during the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2nd and 3rd place winners look on at right. (March 9, 1992)

LI winners of prestigious science competitions

The top prize in prestigious competitions in math, science and technology have been awarded to a number of Long Island students.

Ruoyi Jiang of Ward Melville High School in
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Ruoyi Jiang of Ward Melville High School in East Setauket wins the top prize in the National Siemens Competition on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in Manhattan.

Ruoyi Jiang?s winning project used a supercomputer at
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Ruoyi Jiang’s winning project used a supercomputer at Brookhaven National Laboratory to simulate effects of a cancer-killing drug, with the aim of finding alternative ways to kill cancer cells that have grown drug-resistant. (Dec. 7, 2009)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer offers his congratulations
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New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer offers his congratulations to Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff, who won the team title at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School on Monday, Dec. 11, 2007. Click here to read more about this story

Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff, of John F.
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Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff, of John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, walk off with their $100,000 Siemens Competition prize for research on tuberculosis. (Dec. 7, 2007) Click here to read more about this story

Shira Billet, left, and Dora Sosnowik of Hewlett
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Shira Billet, left, and Dora Sosnowik of Hewlett Bay Park, N.Y., and the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, accept their $100,000 top-prize award from Peter Von Siemens, the great great gandson of Werner Von Siemens, the founder of Siemens in during the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Compeition, Monday, Dec. 3, 2001 in Washington. Shira and Dora created the first viscometer for ultra thin films, which could lead to breakthroughs in technology and medicine. Click here to read more about this story

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J. Richard Gott, chairman of the board of
(Credit: Newsday, 1992 / Ken Spencer)

J. Richard Gott, chairman of the board of judges for the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, holds up the hand of Kurt Thorn, first place winner, during the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2nd and 3rd place winners look on at right. (March 9, 1992)

Kurt Thorn, who took the first place win
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Kurt Thorn, who took the first place win in the Westinghouse Talent Search in 1992, talks with Dr. John B. Yasinsky, an executive vice president at Westinghouse, during a reception in Washington, D.C. prior to the award ceremony. Thorn discovered a new way of tracing the history of pollution in bodies of waters. (March 9,1992)

Kurt Thorn, first place winner in the Westinghouse
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Kurt Thorn, first place winner in the Westinghouse Talent Search, explains his project to onlookers in the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Thorn, a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, is the first Long Islander to win the prestigious Westinghouse Science Talent Search since 1947, and is only the third Long Islander to win the competition in its 51-year history.