Benjamin Clark, a high school student from Pennsylvania, has won the $100K Siemens Science award for 2010.
Ben has worked with Cullen Blake at Princeton University on a project related to low-mass binary stars in SDSS data. Ben used the individual 15-minute spectra of SDSS stars to search for very short period binary systems. He then conducted a Monte Carlo simulation to estimate the efficiency with which such systems can be detected and estimated their overall rate of occurrence.
The press release about Ben’s success can be found here