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Martin Luther King, Jr. High School and SSMV Student is a Siemens Competition Finalist

qualifying research project, MLK Jr. High School Student Xiuya Yao's qualifying research project, “Integrin-Free Tetraspanin CD151 as a Biomarker of PSA-Relapse in Prostate Cancer,” was a partnership with Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Andries Zijlstra. (Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University) Xiuya Yao, a senior at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, has been has been recognized as a semifinalist in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology for high school students in recognition of her work on a research project completed through the SSMV. Yao is one of four semifinalists from Tennessee this year.

For the competition, high school students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000, according to the Siemens Foundation website.

Yao is a student at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), a program of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Siemens Competition for Math, Science and TechnlogyStudents in the SSMV begin working with a Vanderbilt University faculty member in their junior year to complete a research internship. While in the laboratory, students contribute to the scientific research goals of the professor through completion of an independent project. Students then present this research project in several formats and compete in several national science competitions including the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. SSMV students competing in this year’s competition are members of the class of 2016.

Yao worked with Dr. Andries Zijlstra, Ph.D. in the Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology Department with a project titled, "Integrin-Free Tetraspanin CD151 as a Biomarker of PSA-Relapse in Prostate Cancer."

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt offers high school students a 4-year interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience. It is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and a program of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach which is within the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College.

The full list of semifinalists can be viewed here.