Students Earn Top Awards at 38th Annual Research Science Institute

MCLEAN, Va. - Aug. 20, 2021 - PRLog -- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is pleased to announce its Research Science Institute ( (RSI) top 5 award winners for oral and top 5 written presentations chosen from 81 participants by an eminent panel of judges at the 38th annual RSI held in a virtual format. The $1,000 scholarship awards were presented by Dr. Ross Grossman, retired SVP, Human Resources, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., on behalf of Regeneron. Dr. Grossman is a CEE Trustee.


Top 5 Written Presentations:

Kevin Cong, Exeter, New Hampshire

Amber Luo, Stony Brook, New York

Dheepthi Mohanraj, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Michelle Park, Solon, Ohio

Ella Wang, Chandler, Arizona

Top 5 Oral Presentations:

Meenakshi Ambati, Charlottesville, Virginia

Frank Liu, Newton, Massachusetts

Donald "DJ" Liveoak, Allen Park, Michigan

Amber Luo, Stony Brook, New York

Michelle Park, Solon, Ohio

"These scholars are our future creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century, and their research represents a high level of academic acumen," said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE President. "RSI students experience graduate-level research and camaraderie with other academically talented STEM students."

RSI is offered cost-free by CEE to competitively selected top achieving students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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.

The 2021 RSI summer program (June 27 to Aug. 7), collaboratively sponsored with MIT,  consisted of one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four-and-a-half weeks of cutting-edge 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.

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. For more information, visit CEE's website,

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