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Student Eligibility

The Siemens Competition is open to high school students who are citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) of the United States. Students must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending one of the following (during the 2017-18 school year):

  • High school (grades 9-12) in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake and Midway Islands, or the Marianas.
  • Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school.
  • Foreign school as an exchange student or because your parent or guardian lives and works abroad.
  • Homeschool provided that signatures are obtained from the school district responsible for such programs. If your state does not require district supervision, the parent or guardian responsible for the homeschooling must sign it.
  • Students must be enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) during the 2017-18 school year.

Students submitting individual projects must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending their last year of high school (grade 12). Students must complete all high school courses required for college admissions no later than September 1, 2018.

Team projects may have two or three members and do not need to include a senior (grade 12).

  • All team members must be in good standing, enrolled in and attending high school (grades 9-12), although team members may be from different schools.
  • Each team must designate a team leader who serves as the communication liaison between the Siemens Competition and the other members of the team. All team members must have active roles in the design, execution, and delivery of results of the research submitted to the Siemens Competition and have made a substantial contribution to the effort.
  • If your team structure changes, either before or after registration, students are required to indicate (1) the nature of the change and (2) that all team members agree to the change in the Acknowledgements section of the Project Form in your Student Dashboard. Teams are required to list ALL current and past team members in the Project form, regardless of whether or not they were part of the final team. you will be required to complete an acknowledgement form indicating the change and that all team members agree to the change. Teams will also be required to list all current and past team members’ contributions, regardless if they were part of the final team, or not.

    You are also required to list the contributions of all previous team members in the Acknowledgements section. Please provide (1) how the team member(s) contributed to the project, (2) how the project changed or will change without their future contributions, and (3) contact information for the previous team member(s) associated with the project including student names, email addresses, and school names.

    Failure to identify others who assisted you with any aspect of your research may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation, regardless of when such failure to identify comes to their attention.
  • NEW THIS YEAR:Your team structure must be finalized by 11:59 PM E/T on Monday, August 14, 2017. After this date, you cannot make any changes to your team structure (adding or removing members). If for extenuating circumstances you need to do so, you must present your case in writing to the Siemens Competition Team for approval.

Competition entrants who have parents, guardians, or Competition mentors employed at, or otherwise affiliated with, the Siemens Foundation's university partners (Carnegie Mellon University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The University of Texas at Austin; California Institute of Technology; and University of Notre Dame) may enter the Competition but may not be permitted to compete at the partner university where the parent, guardian, or mentor is employed or otherwise affiliated. Entrant must disclose this information during the registration process. Furthermore, if lab or research work for the project was performed at any of these six universities, students may enter the Competition but may not be able to compete at that university site. Entrants are also required to disclose this information during the registration process.

Children of employees of Discovery Communications and its subsidiaries are not eligible to enter the Competition.

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2017 Siemens Competition registration is now closed.

Academic Integrity

Competitors must demonstrate academic integrity. Read our policy about plagiarism and other violations.

Video Highlights

Siemens shieldView the 2016 Siemens Competition National Winners at the national competition in Washington, D.C. Click to view the list of winners. View National Finalist "Road to Regionals"