Student Chosen for Prestigious Rickover Award at 38th annual Research Science Institute

MCLEAN, Va. - Aug. 20, 2021 - PRLog -- Isabella Quan, a student from Westlake High School, Austin, Texas, was chosen by her Research Science Institute peers (RSI) for the top honor—Rickoid of the Year—at the Center for Excellence in Education's ( (CEE) 38th annual Research Science Institute (, an intensive, six-week summer program collaboratively sponsored by CEE and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The award recognizes academic acumen, leadership, and personal demeanor, and is named for the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, father of the nuclear Navy and co-founder of CEE.

CEE President and founder Joann P. DiGennaro said, "Ms. Quan is a model student who demonstrates qualities that others wish to emulate. To be chosen as Rickoid of the Year is an honor that she should hold in high regard for the rest of her life."

Ms. Quan is one of the 81 top achieving U.S. high school and international scholars selected for the 2021 RSI. CEE's RSI provides students with the opportunity to conduct original Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) state-of-the-art research at no cost to students. This year RSI was presented in virtual format June 27 to Aug. 7.

The RSI summer program consists of one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four-and-a-half weeks of high-level research under the mentorship of leading scientists, engineers, and researchers in the students' respective areas of interest. In their final week, students demonstrate their research work through written academic papers and oral presentations to their peers and a panel of judges.

RSI students are selected by CEE's committee of professional educators and RSI alumni based on high school records, personal essays, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, research experience, potential for leadership, and honors and awards in math and science.

To date, nearly 3,000 high school students representing every U.S. state and 56 nations have experienced RSI. CEE alumni enjoy referral, networking, and enrichment activities throughout their collegiate and professional careers.


About the Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) 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 scientific and technological leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information, visit CEE's website,

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