Dmitry Vaintrob, the son of Russian immigrants and a student at South Eugene High School has won a $100,000 scholarship from the Siemens Foundation for his research in a new area of mathematics called string topology. Dmitry competed against the brightest students in the country in the annual Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology. Among the most prestigious events of its kind in the country, the event sought to recognize students whose work in science and technology might significantly impact professional research in those fields.
The research conducted by Dmitry could provide knowledge that mathematicians and physicists might apply to understand electricity, magnetism, and gravity, judges at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology said.
"His work is at the Ph.D. level, publishable, and already attracting the attention of researchers," said competition judge Michael Hopkins, a professor of mathematics at Harvard.
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