Award Winners Announced at RSI 2016

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Top written and oral presentations awarded at annual gathering of STEM academia

McLean, VA – August 8, 2016 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is pleased to announce its top award winners --- five oral and five written presentations --- chosen among the field of 82 participants by an imminent panel of judges as part of the convocation of the 33rd annual Research Science Institute (RSI) held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), June 26 – August 5, 2016.

Oral and Written Presentation Winners:

  • Dhruv Rohatgi, The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
  • Kathy Liu, West High School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Written Presentation Winners:

  • Clara-Ann Cheng ling, Raffles Institution, Singapore
  • Yuhua Lim, River Valley High School, Singapore
  • Dimitar Karev, NSMHS "Academy Boyan Petkanchin," Bulgaria

Oral Presentation Winners:

  • Lia Eggleston, St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Caleb He, Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana
  • Adam Snowden, Ponte Vedra High School, Ponte Vedra, Florida

The Institute, a six-week-intensive internationally recognized program, is held in collaboration with MIT each summer for high school academic achievers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

RSI scholars participate in college-level research in pure and applied mathematics, physical and biological sciences, economics, engineering, and computer science, under the mentorship of leading scientists and researchers in the Boston area. RSI consists of one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four-and-a-half weeks of research in the students’ respective areas of interest. It provides students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities.

In the final week, students demonstrate their work through written academic papers and present oral findings to their peers and a panel of judges, of which the top five written and oral presentations are selected for the prestigious commendations.

“Many of these scholars are our future creators, inventors, scientists and leaders of the 21st century, and this research represents a high level of academic acumen,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE President.

“Students have the opportunity to experience graduate-level research and camaraderie with other academically talented STEM scholars.”
RSI is offered cost-free to competitively-selected-top-achieving students in the STEM fields. The RSI Selection Committee, comprised of professional educators and RSI alumni, convene each spring and make their RSI selections 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.
This year’s RSI field included students from 38 U.S. States as well as 30 international students from 16 countries.
RSI is the single U.S. program offered at no cost for students competitively selected to attend. Funding for the program comes from corporations, foundations, individuals and U.S. government agencies.
Following the conclusion of RSI, CEE continues to provide extensive interaction and enrichment opportunities for alumni throughout their undergraduate and graduate endeavors and beyond. The alumni are also known as “Rickoids,” after the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, Father of the Nuclear Navy who founded CEE along with DiGennaro. Since its inception in 1983, there are nearly 2,500 “Rickoids,” at an 80% STEM career retention rate.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) 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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