Eighty-Four High School Students Selected and Participating in the 32nd Research Science Institute at MIT

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Eighty-Four High School Students Selected and Participating in the 32nd
Research Science Institute at MIT

McLean, VA – July 08, 2015 –  The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces top achieving U.S. scholars and international scholars, are attending the 32nd annual Research Science Institute (RSI), jointly sponsored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from June 21st– August 1st.   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 March 2015 to select 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.

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, are studying pure and applied mathematics, physical and biological science, economics, and humanities.  “The Research Science Institute offers scholars the opportunity to experience graduate level research at MIT,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE President.  “RSI has nearly 2,300 successful alumni with an 80% STEM career retention rate of the alumni.”

Dr. Andrew Charman, RSI ’86 alumnus and lecturer of physics at University of California, Berkeley, will lead RSI 2015.  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. Matthew S. Cain, RSI’97, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center - Biology
  • Mr. Lance Rhoades, University of Washington - Humanities
  • Dr. Christopher Skinner, RSI’88, Princeton University - Mathematics

RSI is an annual, summer program consisting 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.

The RSI scholars learn about the careers, achievements, and challenges of the STEM environment and participate in question and answer sessions during the RSI Distinguished Guest Lecture Series.  Leaders in STEM will share knowledge with the RSI scholars and include:

  • Dr. Phillip Sharp, Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine 1993, Institute Professor (highest academic rank) at MIT and member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
  • Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Prize in Physics 2001, 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
  • Dr. Tom Leighton, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Akamai

Thirty-two international students have joined the U.S. students from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Israel, Lebanon, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey at RSI 2015.

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).

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Research Science Institute 2015 Students

Arizona
Abijith Krishnan
BASIS Scottsdale High School
Scottsdale

Arkansas
Chuang K. Tang
David H. Xiang
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock

California
Claire B. Burch
Mira Loma High School
Sacramento

John Chapman A. Caddell
Stevenson School
Pebble Beach

Ajay Jain
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino

Jared A. Tramontano
Centennial High School
Corono

Kristine A. Zhang
Saratoga High School
Saratoga

Colorado
Casey H. Zhang
Fairview High School
Boulder

Connecticut
Robert Q. Kao
Edwin O. Smith High School
Storrs - Mansfield

DoDEA
Brian J. Lee
Paul S. Lee
Seoul American High School
APO

Florida
Nicole Odzer
Pine Crest School
Fort Lauderdale

Georgia
Sarayu Narayan
Chamblee Charter High School
Chamblee

Illinois
Emily C. Jia
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aurora

Sarvasva Raghuvanshi
Neuqua Valley High School
Naperville

 

Indiana
Sreya Vemuri
Carmel High School
Carmel

Kansas
Disha Dasgupta
Olathe North High School
Olathe

Kentucky
Sanjana J. Rane
Yue Zhang
DuPont Manual High School
Louisville

Louisiana
Louie D. Kam
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
Baton Rouge

Maryland
Ramya A. Durvasula
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring

 

Massachusetts
Amol D. Punjabi
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science
Worcester

Uma Roy
Lexington High School
Lexington

Michigan
Christina Y. Li
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Sterling Heights

 

Minnesota
Neehar M. Banerjee
Mayo High School
Rochester

Missouri
Olivia Y. Long
John Burroughs School
Saint Louis

Montana
Amy A. Chou
Phillips Academy
Andover MA

Nebraska
Thomas A. Graul
Lincoln Southeast High School
Lincoln

Nevada
Haydn L. Bradstreet
Davidson Academy of Nevada
Reno

New Hampshire
Meena Jagadeesan
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter

New Jersey
Sahaj Garg
Bridgewater Raritan High School
Bridgewater

Allen J. Lee
Millburn High School
Millburn

New Mexico
Dylan H. Hendrickson
Albuquerque Academy
Albuquerque

New York
Brandon R. Epstein
Half Hollow Hill High School West
Dix Hills

North Carolina
Anne B. Davis
Stanford Online High School
Stanford CA

Ohio
Venkatesh S. Sivaraman
Bexley High School
Bexley

 

Oregon
Anirudh Jain
Catlin Gabel School
Portland

Pennsylvania
Michelle D. Xu
Conestoga High School
Berwyn

Puerto Rico
Natalia M. Pacheco-Tallaj
University High School
San Juan

South Carolina
Albert Z. Wang
Dutch Fork High School
Irmo

Tennessee
Tony Ding
Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville

 

Texas
Wilbur Y. Li
Clements High School
Sugar Land

Alexander Y. Yang
Clements High School
Sugar Land

Utah
Anthony Cheng
Hillcrest High School
Midvale

Vermont
Vivian Huang
South Burlington High School
South Burlington

Virginia
Jake Cui
Michael C. You
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Alexandria

Selena C. Feng
Albemarle High School
Charlottesville

Washington
Brian H. Gu
Interlake High School
Bellevue

David Zhao
Lakeside Upper School
Seattle

Wisconsin
Suzanne B. O’Meara
Madison West High School
Madison

 

 

2015 Research Science Institute International Scholars

 

Australia
Adrian E. Hindes
Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Noosaville

Elijah B. Stanger-Jones
Dubbo College Senior Campus
Dubbo

 

Brazil
Matheus E. Batinga
Luana J. N. Ferreira
Instituto Federal de Alagoas
Marceio

Bulgaria
Kristian G. Georgiev
Model High School of Mathematics
Academy Kiril Popoc
Plovdiv

Hristo S. Staykov
High School of Mathematics “Dr Petar Beron” - Varna
Varna

 

Canada
Jonathan D.H. Chow
Ashbury College
Ottawa

Ameer M. Farrukh
Xiangqi Yan
Holy Heart of Mary High School
St. John’s

Israel
Liam B. Kimel
HaKfar HaYarok - The Green Village High School
Ramat Hasharon

Korea
Jungyeon Park
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Yonginsi

Yo-Whan Kim
Seoul International School
Seongnam-si

Lebanon
Aya El Daouk
Hariri High School II
Beirut

Khodr H. Badih
Haneen R. Al Khalili
Rafic Hariri High School
Saida

Poland
Jerzy K. Szuniewicz
Adam Mickiewicz High School in Poznan
Poznan

 

 

Saudi Arabia
Ahmed A. Albahhar
Alfaris International School
Riyadh

Faisal Alsalloum
Al-Ghad High School
Riyadh

Singapore
Victoria E. Buckland
National Junior College
Singapore

Cher Ying Foo
Jiaqi Li
Ming Hui M. Sim
Raffles Institution
Singapore

Marion W.R. Pang
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Singapore

Yan Hsien Quah
River Valley High School
Singapore

Spain
Pol R. Gomez Riquelme
Sagrada Familia Sabadell
Sabadell

Marti Oller Riera
Institut Jaume Vicens Vives
Girona

David Oort Alonso
Institut d’Argentona
Argentona

Sweden
Anton C.I. Moller
Sandbackaskolan
Arvidsjau
r

Mana Shams Latifi
Per Brahegymnasiet
Jonkoping

Switzerland
Hoang-Thi Morselli
Kantonsschule Solothurn
Solothurn

Turkey
Baris Ekim
Armand Hammer Unitted World College pf
the American West
Montezuma NM

Sule Kahraman
Robert College
Istanbul

 

 

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