The two Oak Ridge High School seniors also won an earlier regional competition, earning a team scholarship.

ORHS_SealThey made it to the national finals in a prestigious competition for teen researchers, and on December 4, Oak Ridge High School seniors James Andress and A.J. Toth won a $30,000 team scholarship for their work.

Andress and Toth were one of six teams from across the country that made it to the national finals of the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. Their research could help in the development of anticancer drugs, a press release said.

The project by Andress and Toth was titled “Creating a Higher-Efficiency Machine Learning Algorithm to Facilitate the Development of Cancer Treatment Drugs.”

“The team used novel computational procedures with active machine learning to classify certain protein mutations important in cancer suppression,” a Siemens Foundation press release said after the regional competition in Georgia. “This classification may lead to the development of new anticancer drugs with lower developmental costs.”

The team’s mentor on their project was Chris Symons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Source: John Huotari | Oak Ridge Today
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