Two Pakistani Students
Chosen to Attend CEE
Syed Raza, Umar Javed
McLean, Virginia: Virginia-based
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) has announced the
US and international high school students who have been selected
for the prestigious Research Science Institute (RSI) - the
premiere US research science internship program for academically
talented high school students.
Mr. Umar Javed and Mr. Syed Raza, both of Lahore, Pakistan
and students at Aitchison College, were selected out of 14
student applicants from Pakistan to attend RSI.
Umar plans to perform science research in the field of engineering.
As a student at Aitchison College, he has participated in
numerous activities and competitions. He has garnered accolades
as a member of the Pakistan National/International Mathematics
Olympiad 2005 team. Outside of his academic schedule, Umar
enjoys horseback riding, basketball, squash and cricket. He
is also involved in community service work, working at a rural
hospital in 2004.
Syed plans to perform computer science research this summer.
The aspect of computer science that he finds most interesting
is quantum computing. His passion for computer science and
quantum computing aided him in becoming the youngest member
to represent Pakistan and Aitchison College at the Asian International
Space Settlement Design Competition. Syed’s team was
placed second among eight semi-finalist teams at the competition.
In addition to his rigorous academic schedule, Syed enjoys
debating, poetry and chess. He is also a member of CARE Pakistan,
the non-governmental organization that works to promote education
awareness in Pakistan.
RSI remains the only program of its kind that is free of cost
to the students. They continue to participate in alumni activities
for the 8-10 years of their undergraduate and graduate careers.
The esteemed program reflects a spectrum of the most prominent
students in science, with over 1500 alumni including student
scholars from 49 nations.
The Center for Excellence in Education was co-founded in 1983
by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro,
President of the Center, to nurture young scholars to careers
of excellence and leadership in science and technology. Luminaries
serving on the Center’s Board of Trustees include: U.S.
Senators Joseph Lieberman and George Allen, the Honorable
Bahia El Hariri of Lebanon, and Michael Jordan, Chairman and
CEO of EDS.
Out of a pool of over 1200 U.S. applicants, 53 students and
36 international students selected by a prominent selection
panel were competitively chosen to participate in 6 weeks
of rigorous research training at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. Selection criteria include grades, national
examination scores, teacher recommendations, and participation
in science competitions and activities which indicate leadership
capability. RSI combines classroom instruction and research
mentorships with top scientists at academic institutions and
corporations, and challenges students beyond their potential.
RSI alumni go on to participate and garner top prizes in US
and international science competitions. For four of the past
six years, US-RSI alumni have received top prizes in the Intel
Science Talent Search.
CEE is funded by private foundations, corporations, government
agencies and individuals.
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