Monday, November 08, 2004

Westinghouse finalist caught nano bug

Staples High senior makes strides in science (The Stamford Advocate)

    When Staples High student Shane Mulligan visited a leading nanotechnology laboratory at New York University two years ago, he was expecting a routine tour.

    The sophomore was taken aback when Nadrian Seeman, the lab director, asked whether he would like to do research under his tutelage.

    "I was sort of caught off-guard," said Shane, 17, now a senior.

    Then a first-year student in Staples' three-year science research program, Shane saw it as the chance of a lifetime. He has a keen interest in nanotechnology and accepted without hesitation.

    He is now one of five New England regional finalists in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, one of the most prestigious science competitions in the nation. He will present his project to judges at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this weekend. The student who takes first place will compete in the national finals for a $100,000 grand prize. More here

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