In one of the nation's premier high school science competitions, a high school senior from Oregon on Dec. 4 won a $100,000 scholarship from the Siemens Foundation for his research in a new area of mathematics called string topology.

The research conducted by Dmitry Vaintrob, 18, a student at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, 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,...

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