Ben Silbermann Receives Lieberman Award

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Ben Silbermann, RSI ’98, Pinterest Co-Founder and CEO, Receives Lieberman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Business at CEE’s 2019 Congressional Luncheon Sponsored by Regeneron

McLean, VA (September 24, 2019) -- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) excellence through national and international programs for students and teachers, held its Annual Congressional Luncheon, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., at the Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room/SR-325, in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 23, 2019. Attendees included leaders from business, education, government, and program alumni.

Ben Silbermann, an alumnus of the Research Science Institute, Pinterest Co-Founder and CEO, was presented with the Lieberman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Business by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Trustee to CEE for 17 years.

“Ben Silbermann is an exemplary model of students supported by the Center’s programs. The Center is honored that this outstanding business leader is the recipient of the Senator Joseph Lieberman Award,” said Ms. Joann P. DiGennaro, President of CEE. 

While in high school, Silbermann attended CEE’s Research Science Institute (RSI) six-week summer program at MIT. The award acknowledges Silbermann's significant business & technology accomplishments and recognizes Senator Lieberman's longtime support as a CEE Trustee. The Lieberman Award includes a $10,000 stipend from CEE, which Silbermann generously donated back to CEE because “I believe that by empowering young people with opportunity and knowledge, the returns are limitless.”

In his acceptance remarks Silbermann said: “I’ve been to a number of CEE events and I’ve heard stories about how impactful CEE has been to many people in science and business, and our responsibility today is to make sure that future generations of students have the same chance.”

CEE’s annual luncheon celebrates the 36 years of success by its impactful STEM education programs: the Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT, USA Biolympiad, and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). 

“The Center’s amazing alumni and their significant contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives are helping to assure future U.S. leadership in the global community,” said Ms. DiGennaro.

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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’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information, visit CEE’s Web site, 

About the 2019 CEE Congressional Luncheon Sponsor: 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading biotechnology company that invents life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led for 30 years by physician-scientists, our unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to seven FDA-approved treatments and numerous product candidates in development, all of which were homegrown in our laboratories. Regeneron medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye diseases, allergic and inflammatory diseases, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, neuromuscular diseases, infectious diseases and rare diseases. More information is at

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