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12/10/2013 06:33 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

High School Students Win $100,000 For Innovative STEM Research (VIDEO)

Not very many high schoolers can add "changing the world" to their resume of extracurriculars, but four talented teens may be able to soon.

Today, grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships were given to select high school scientists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for their cutting-edge research. Winner Eric Chen, a senior from San Diego, Calif., was awarded a scholarship in the individual category for his work that could be used to potentially prevent flu outbreaks.

Chen was joined by a winning team of three seniors of Hewlett, N.Y., whose project involved identifying a gene that can possibly make key crops less prone to damage, like drought and soil salinity. Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Zainab Mahmood and JiaWen Pei will share the $100,000 prize.

Scroll down for photos from the competition.

"I've gone to several of these competitions now and I just continue to be blown away by what I see," said David Etzwiler, CEO of Siemens Foundation. "They are passionate about what's happening. They understand what the challenges and opportunities are in this world." Hear more about the students and their research in the video above.

This year's group can be added to a growing list of amazing teens. In 2012, high school student Angela Zhang took home $100,000 from the Siemens science contest for her potential cure for cancer.

Similarly, 16-year-old Jack Andraka has made waves in the science community ever since he developed an early detection test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times faster and cheaper than current tests. The Maryland teen won the Gordan E. Moore award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last year, in addition to a $75,000 prize.

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