Research Science Institute at MIT Hosts 81 High School Students

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McLean, VA – June 24, 2013 –  Fifty-one top achieving U.S. scholars, including three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) scholars, and thirty international scholars will attend the 30th annual Research Science Institute (RSI), jointly sponsored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from June 23rd – August 3rd.   RSI is a six-week intensive program that provides students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities. 

The RSI Selection Committee, comprised of professional educators and RSI alumni, convened at the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) in mid- February 2013 to select fifty-one of this nation’s top achieving high school students to attend the nationally recognized program.  Students selected for RSI are exemplary as based on the following criteria: high school records, personal essays, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, research experience, potential for leadership, and honors and awards in math and science. 

RSI is offered cost-free by CEE to competitively selected top achieving students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  RSI scholars participate in college-level research under the mentorship of leading scientists, engineers, and researchers in the Boston area.

Dr. Andrew Charman, RSI ’86 alumnus and lecturer of physics at University of California, Berkeley, will again lead RSI 2013.  The students, dubbed “Rickoids” after the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, father of the nuclear Navy and founder of the Center with CEE President Joann DiGennaro, will study pure and applied mathematics, physical and biological science, economics, and humanities.  The RSI Academic Professors include:

  • Dr. Steven Byrnes, RSI’02, Harvard University – Physics
  • Dr. Steven Leeb, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Engineering
  • Dr. Forrest Michael, RSI’90, University of Washington  - Chemistry
  • Dr. Sean Mulholland, Economics, Stonehill College
  • Dr. Yi-Ching Ong, RSI’98, Columbia University - Biology
  • Mr. Lance Rhoades, University of Washington - Humanities
  • Dr. Christopher Skinner, RSI’88, Princeton University - Math

“RSI is an esteemed program that provides top achieving high school students the opportunity to experience graduate level research at MIT,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE’s President.  “RSI has nearly 2000 successful alumni with an 80% STEM career retention rate of the alumni.”

RSI is an annual educational, summer program which consists of one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four-and-a-half weeks of research with a professor or research scientist in the students’ respective areas of interest. In the final week, students demonstrate their work through written academic papers and present oral findings to their peers and a panel of judges.

STEM leaders share knowledge through the RSI Distinguished Guest Lecture Series. Three Nobel Prize winners will address the students to include:  Dr. Dudley Herschbach, Harvard Professor Emeritus; Dr. Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor (highest academic rank) at MIT and member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; and Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle, John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, Director, MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. The RSI scholars learn about the careers, achievements, and challenges of the STEM environment and also participate in question and answer sessions with these innovative speakers.

Thirty international students will join the U.S. students from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Israel, Lebanon, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom at RSI 2013. 

About the Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site,

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2013 Research Science Institute U.S. Scholars

Leigh Braswell
Cullman, AL
Phillips Exeter Academy

Eli Shayer
Anchorage, AK
West Anchorage High School

Rajet Vatsa
Scottsdale, AZ
Brophy College Preparatory

Nathanael Ji
Little Rock, AR
Little Rock Central High

Nishant Jain
Cupertino, CA
Monta Vista High School

Noa Glaser
San Diego, CA
Torrey Pines High School

Molly Cinnamon
Sherman Oaks, CA
Harvard-Westlake School

Evan Chen
Fremont, CA
Irvington High School

Anna Thomas
San Jose, CA
Presentation High School

Albert Soh
Boulder, CO
Fairview High School

Yerin Kim
Woodbridge, CT
Hopkins School

Alexander Clark
Osprey, FL
Pine View School

Georgia Murray
Marietta, GA
Mother of Divine Grace School

Anand Srinivasan
Roswell, GA
Roswell High School

Ravi Jagadeesan
Naperville, IL
Phillips Exeter Academy

Claudia Huang
Carmel, IN
Carmel High School

Jingjing Xiao
Louisville, KY
DuPont Manual High School

Luke Tang
New Orleans, LA
Benjamin Franklin High School

Jessica Shi
Rockville, MD
Montgomery Blair High School

Jon Xia
Derwood, MD
Richard Montgomery High School

Rohil Prasad
Lexington, MA
Lexington High School

Rahi Punjabi
Northborough, MA
Advanced Math and Science Academy
Charter School

Tara Murty
Amherst, MA
Deerfield Academy

Steven Schmatz
International Academy

Raj Raina
Novi, MI
Novi High School

Marcus Gomez
Zumbrota, MN
Century High School

Elaine Reichert
Saint Louis, MO
Parkway Central High School

Divya Ramakrishnan
Las Vegas, NV
The Meadows School

New Jersey
Nikhil Kunapuli
Bridgewater, NJ
Bridgewater-Raritan High School

New Mexico
Eric Li
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Academy

New York
Stephanie Ding
Armonk, NY
Byram Hills High School

Lydia Goldberg
New York, NY
Stuyvesant High School

Richard Yip
New York, NY
Stuyvesant High School

North Carolina
Zijing “Michael” Gao
Chapel Hill, NC
North Carolina School of Science and

Stanley Cen
Portland, OR
Westview High School

Phoebe Cai
Bryn Mawr, PA
Radnor High School

Neel Mehta
Audubon, PA
Methacton High School

South Carolina
Qingyang “Annie” Hu
Lexington, SC
Lexington High School

Keyuree Satam
Collierville, TN
Lausanne Collegiate School

Steven Chen
Austin, TX
Westwood High School

Steven Ban
Logan, UT
Logan High School

Archis Bhandarkar
Potomac Falls, VA
Thomas Jefferson High School for
Science and Technology

Jason Cui
Great Falls, VA
Langley High School

Rachit Singh
Pullman, WA
Pullman High School

Darryl Wu
Bellevue, WA
Lakeside School

Bertrand Stone
Fox Point, WI
Nicolet High School

Sarah Shader
Laramie, WY
Laramie High School


U.S. Student Living Abroad

Catherine Li
Shanghai, China
Shanghai American School



JonLuca DeCaro
Vicenza, Italy
Vicenza High School

Helena Harris
Yokosuka, Japan
Nile C. Kinnick High School

Frederick Lee
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul American High School



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