CEE Announces Lieberman Awardees for Outstanding Achievement in STEM

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Mark Kantrowitz and Lauren Williams Selected for Lieberman Award for Outstanding Achievement in STEM 


McLean,VA (October 12, 2020) -- 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, announces the 2021 Joseph I. Lieberman Awardees for Outstanding STEM Achievement.

    Mark Kantrowitz   Mark Kantrowitz, a 1984 alumnus of CEE’s Research Science Institute, is President of Cerebly, Inc. He is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families for them to make informed decisions about planning and paying for college. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and philosophy from MIT and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University
    Lauren K. Williams   Lauren K. Williams, a 1994 alumnus of CEE’s Research Science Institute, is Dwight Parker Robinson Professor of Mathematics at Harvard and Sally Starling Seaver Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. She is known for her work in algebraic combinatorics, in particular in total positivity, cluster algebras, and tropical geometry. She earned an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University and her PhD in 2005 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her dissertation was titled Combinatorial Aspects of Total Positivity

    “Both Mark and Lauren are exemplary models of students supported by the Center’s programs. The Center is honored that these outstanding ‘Rickoids’ are the recipients of the Senator Joseph Lieberman Award,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center.

    The Lieberman Award includes a $10,000 stipend from CEE. The award acknowledges significant STEM and business accomplishments and recognizes Senator Lieberman's longtime support as a CEE Trustee.

    The awards will be given in the spring at CEE’s annual luncheon which celebrates 38 years of success by its impactful STEM education programs: the Research Science Institute at MIT, USA Biolympiad, and the Teacher Enrichment Program.

    “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.

    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 Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information, visit https://www.cee.org

    Media Contact:
    Tom Flavell, (703) 448-9062 ext. 237
    Related websites:
    Center for Excellence in Education: https://www.cee.org/
    CEE Programs:
    Research Science Institute: https://www.cee.org/research-science-institute



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