Memphis Student Participates in Top International STEM Research Program Affiliated With MIT


A student from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis is one of 82 top-achieving U.S. high school and international scholars in a prestigious STEM research program.

The student, Victoria Ouyang, participated in the 36th annual Research Science Institute (RSI). The institute is jointly sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

RSI is an intensive program from June 23-Aug. 3 that gives students the opportunity to conduct original, cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“The Research Science Institute offers top academic math and science students the opportunity to experience graduate-level research and camaraderie with other talented STEM scholars,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE President.

RSI has 2,800 successful alumni with a STEM career retention rate of 80 percent, DiGennaro said. In addition to their individualized research, the students also study pure and applied mathematics, physical and biological science, economics, and humanities.

RSI is offered cost-free by CEE to competitively selected top achieving students, based on high school records, personal essays, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, research experience, and other criteria.

In addition to 52 U.S. high school rising seniors, 30 international students are participating from Bulgaria, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro. 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.

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo by CEE.





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