RSI Alumnae Earn Distinction

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Research Science Institute Alumnae Named 2018 Guggenheim Fellow; 2nd-Ever Female Tenured Professor at Harvard’s Math Department

McLean, VA(April 11, 2018) —Two alumnae of the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) Research Science Institute (RSI) program earned extraordinary distinctions recently.  Harvard University’s Math Department hired Lauren Williams (RSI ’94) as a senior professor for only the second time in its history, ending a six-year streak in which the department boasted not a single woman of that rank. Moon Duchin (RSI ’92) was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.

Williams won a tenured associate professorship at UC Berkeley in 2013—and a full tenured professor position there in 2016—and has written extensively about cluster algebras and tropical geometry.

Duchin is a mathematician at Tufts University. She is currently engaged in a long-term project on the geometry of gerrymandering, an application of mathematics to civil rights. She majored in Mathematics and Women's Studies at Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

“I’m excited that two of CEE’s RSI alumnae have received such magnificent accolades. The RSI program is one of the most prestigious international summer research programs in the world for high school students. It clearly prepared them for success,” said Maite Ballestero, CEE Executive Vice President of Programs.

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). 

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