Eighty-Three High School Students Selected to Participate in the 31st Research Science Institute at MIT

Email CEE Icon


Eighty-Three High School Students Selected to Participate in the 31st
Research Science Institute at MIT

McLean, VA – June 18, 2014 –  The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces top achieving U.S. scholars and international scholars, will attend the 31st annual Research Science Institute (RSI), jointly sponsored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from June 22nd– August 2nd.   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 2014 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, will study 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 2,000 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 2014.  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, Stonehill College - Economics
  • Dr. Matthew S. Cain, RSI’97, Harvard Medical School - 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-four international students will join the U.S. students from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey at RSI 2014.

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, www.cee.org

Media Contacts:
, 703-448-9062 ext. 224

, 703-448-9062
, 703-448-9062
, 617-444-9487

Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org
College of Science: http://www.science.purdue.edu
Research Science Institute: http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute

2014 Research Science Institute U.S. Scholars

Ruchir Rastogi
Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

Anvita Gupta
BASIS Scottsdale High School

Andrew Jin
Matthew Huang
The Harker School

Daniel Yang
Woodbridge High School

Kriti Lall
Castilleja School

Yelena Mandelshtam
University High School

Jesse Zhang
Fairview High School

Zachary Effman
Staples High School

David Xu
Charter School of Wilmington

Sola Shirai
Robert D. Edgren High School

Abhinav Venigalla
Phillips Academy

Jeewoo Kang
James S. Rickards High School

Farita Tasnim
Columbus High School

Jordan Benjamin
Benjamin Home School

Maxmilian Wei
Iolani School

Emma Sloan
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Lev Kendrick
Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

Joshua Segaran
Carmel High School

Shyam Narayanan
Blue Valley West High School

Angela Gu
Phillips Academy Andover

Kavish Gandhi
Newton North High School

Noah Golowich
Lexington High School

Catherine Xue
Montgomery Blair High School

Jonathan Mackaman
York High School

Michael Shao
Detroit Country Day School

Michelle Campeau
Mayo High School

North Carolina
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Ingrid Zhang
Lincoln East High School

New Jersey
Christopher Hillenbrand
Regis High School

Kelvin Wang
Academy for the Advancement
of Science &Technology

New York
Sarah Hamerling
Naomi Sweeting
Hunter College High School

Theodore Katz
The Dalton School

Peter Tian
The Wellington School

Christopher Wang
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Andrew Chen
Beaverton High School

Valerie Ding
Catlin Gabel School

Shashwat Kishore
Unionville High School

South Carolina
South Aiken High School

Richard Ouyang
Memphis University School

Niranjan Balachandar
Texas Academy of Math and Science

Phillip Yu
Plano West Senior High School

Bovey Rao
Hillcrest High School

Jessica Wu
Nicholas Hougland
TJ High School for Science & Technology

Maya Ganesan
STEM High School

Meera Srinivasan
Interlake High School

Dhaivat Pandya
Appleton North High School


2014 Research Science Institute International Scholars

Lachlan M. Oberg
Ormiston College

Lochie Ferrier
Canberra Grammar School

Petar M. Gaydarov
MHSM “Akad. Kiril Popov

Hristo T. Stoyanov
Sofia Highschool of Mathematics

Michael P. Connors
Gonzaga High School

Mingkai Deng
Shangzhou Xia
Shenzhen Middle School

Cheng Lu
Shanghai Foreign Language School
Affiliated to Shanghai International
Studies University

Jiren Zhu
Shanghai High School

Dekel Z. Zeldov
De-Shalit High School

Yazeed K. Zoubi
Sisters of St. Joseph School

You Jin Reo
International School of Kuala Lumpur

Enrico Fontana
English International School of Padua

Sally M. Akkawi
Hariri High School II

Heba T. Naffah
Marwa W. Al Jardali
Rafic Hariri High School

Szymon Baluszek
Liceum Ogólnokształcąe
FILOMATA w Gliwicach

Alexander Mayorov
Westminster School

Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman Alhamdan
Dar Alfikr

Ali Alshehry
Al-Hussan Private School

Xin Rong Goh
Girish Kumar
NUS High School of Mathematics & Science

Hongzhan Liu
Chin Ying Wu
Raffles Institution

Sarat Karan
Anglo-Chinese Junior College

Fan Shuen Tseng
River Valley High School

Helena Casademunt
Aula Escola Europea

Guifré Sánchez I Serra
INS Doménec Perramon

Gerard Pascual-Lopez
Madre de Déu de La Salut

Sofia Swensson

Ylvali Busch
Sōdra Latins Gymnasium

Luc Schnell
Gymnasium Kirchenfeld

Ersin Arioglu
Koc High School

Berfin Gӧgercin
Eyüboğlu High School




Event Calendar

News & Announcements