Saudi Aramco Research Science Initiative 2016

Email CEE Icon

Saudi Aramco Research Science Initiative 2016 for Young Females

42 high-achieving middle school females attend SA Research Science Initiative to encourage STEM studies

McLean, VA – July 5, 2016 –The Research Science Initiative, sponsored in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), the University of Dammam, The King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA), and Saudi Aramco, will serve 42 high-achieving high school girls. This program was inaugurated in 2015 and is the first Saudi Arabia program for young girls that encourages science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) studies.

The Research Science Initiative will be held on the University of Dammam Campus for 5 weeks from July 16 – August 18, 2016. This program provides rigorous instruction, individualized mentorships, and laboratory experiences for young female scholars. It will be led by Dr. Amy Sillman Co-Director, the Center for Excellence in Education and Wadha Almattar Co-Director, University of Dammam.

“We are pleased to have a second year of the RSI program for young women in Saudi Arabia,” stated Joann DiGennaro, CEE’s President. “It is exciting for CEE to plan and implement an Initiative, first of its kind, to propel Saudi female scholars to careers in STEM.”

About the Center for Excellence in Education
Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, Father of the Nuclear Navy and civilian uses of nuclear power, 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).

CEE has partnered with more than 53 countries with collaborative agreements negotiated by Joann DiGennaro, CEE’s President. The Center was the first U.S. organization to receive high school students from: People’s Republic of China, India, and the Balkan and Baltic nations. RSI programs are in Bulgaria, China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site,

About Dammam University
The University of Dammam opened its doors to women and men in 1975 with two pioneering colleges, the College of Medicine and the College of Architecture. Almost four decades later this academic institution has grown into a leading research university with 21 colleges spread throughout the Eastern Province and a student population of over 45,000. As a preeminent research-based institution, the University of Dammam continues to grow and develop, continually assessing and improving its curricula and expanding its academic capabilities in all disciplines, while at the same time engaging the public in addressing environmental and community challenges.

Sources: , Communications Manager, 703-448-9062 ext. 236


Related Websites: 
Center for Excellence in Education:
Research Science Institute:
Teacher Enrichment Program:
USA Biology Olympiad:
University of Dammam:


Event Calendar

News & Announcements