Exceptional Students From Around the World Gear Up for New Challenges and Opportunities
New York, NY (November 20, 2020). The World Science Scholars (WSS) program, an initiative of the World Science Festival, announces its newest class of 27 young Scholars—exceptionally talented mathematical minds, hailing from 14 countries. WSS brings Scholars together with world-renowned experts in an interdisciplinary and multi-layered online program that encourages the Scholars to explore new scientific areas in which their extraordinary skills can be applied.
We provide some of the world’s most talented young math students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a wide range of disciplines that extend far beyond pure mathematics,” said Tracy Day, WS F Co-Founder and CEO. “WSS is designed to broaden their personal horizons and open new pathways for their talents to flourish.
The Scholars will begin a two year journey of learning and discovery with WSS faculty, including Nobel and Breakthrough Prize winners, best-selling authors, and experts working at the cutting edge of their fields, including Nobel Laureate Barry Barish, pioneering biologist Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Breakthrough Prize winner Cumrun Vafa, leading-edge biochemist Mandë Holford, and many more. Through interactive courses, live sessions, collaborative projects, and a vibrant online community, Scholars explore diverse disciplines, from neuroscience and nanotechnology to physics, climate science, and computational thinking, and grapple with groundbreaking discoveries, such as decoding the human genome, mapping the brain, and searching for black holes.
Scholars have the unparalleled opportunity to interact directly with experts at the top of their fields through riveting lectures and live virtual discussions. Scholars also join a strong and supportive online community that encourages discussion, debate, and collaboration among the students, enabling them to forge friendships and long-lasting connections with their peers.
Ranging in age from 14-17, the Scholars bring a variety of interests and accomplishments, in addition to their exceptional academic abilities. One student recently published an introductory textbook on epidemiology, another is using mathematics to develop a wearable EEG to monitor seizures, and a third began solving calculus equations at the age of ten.
The World Science Scholars program is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Students are nominated for WSS by the World Science Festival’s network of organizations and educational institutions, or can apply directly to the program. WSS’ broad, multifaceted approach identifies students from diverse communities regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and location. For students with innate, exceptional abilities who may lack the means or access to resources to help them reach their potential, WSS’ free high-quality digital, interactive programming can be a life-changing experience.
With the program now in its third year, the 2020 cohort brings the total number of participating students to 102, ranging in ages from 9 to 17 (at the time of admission). Upon completion of the program, Scholars become members of a growing alumni network who maintain bonds, help support future cohorts by familiarizing new Scholars with the program and serve as informal college advisors to younger peers. Participating students are able to create an educational and social network of talented individuals that can extend well into the future.
The chart below is a full breakdown of the 2020 cohort.
|Aahaan Rawal||16||Ontario, Canada||Glenforest Secondary School|
|Advik Raj Basani||16||Karnataka, India||National Public School, HSR Layout, Bangalore|
|Ahmed Ali||15||Al-Khor, Qatar||Al-Khor International School|
|Alyssa S. Ho||16||California, USA||The California School of the Arts|
|Anjola Bodunde-Segun||14||Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria||Government Day Secondary School Karu Abuja FCT|
|Anushka Kulkarni||16||North Carolina, USA||Ardrey Kell High School|
|Arjun Modi||17||Arizona, USA||BASIS Ahwatukee|
|Bernardo Rafael Silva Benítez||16||Veracruz, Mexico||Colegio Las Hayas|
|Brandon Griggs||16||Florida, USA||Robert E. Lee High School|
|Cristian Andrés Córdoba Silvestre||17||Ciudad Real, Spain||IES Dámaso Alonso (Puertollano)|
|Derek Liu||14||California, USA||Torrey Pines High School|
|Jeremy Yu||16||Texas, USA||St. Mark’s School of Texas|
|Julia Moosikasuwan||14||New York, USA||Manhasset Secondary School|
|Kamran Ansari||15||California, USA||Sage Hill School|
|Kayla Sohn||16||New York, USA||Herricks High School|
|Kegan Allen||16||Ontario, Canada||Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School|
|Keila Nunes das Neves||16||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Colégio Estadual São Francisco de Paula|
|Munjir Anoar||14||New South Wales, Australia||Macquarie Fields High School|
|Reva Gandhi||15||Pennsylvania, USA||Parkland High School|
|SB Sanjeev Subrahmaniyan||15||Tamil Nadu, India||Shrishti Vidyashram Sr. Sec|
|Sanjna Srinivasan||15||Sheffield, Massachusetts||Berkshire School|
|Stephanie Wang||16||Texas, USA||Seven Lakes High School|
|Tabeer Asif||15||West Midlands, United Kingdom||Al-Burhan Grammar School|
|Vibin Vellanki||15||Minnesota, USA||The McCallie School|
|Yanzi Chang||14||Hebei, China||Beijing No166 High School|
|Yovela Adelina Budiman||16||Banten, Indonesia||Australian Independent School Pejaten|
|Yuji Choi||16||Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea||Myunduk Foreign Language High School|
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