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PRIMES: Honors and Awards

This page lists PRIMES students who received various honors and awards for their research projects. See also Award-winning RSI Projects Supervised by PRIMES staff.

 

Cumulative report since the inception of the program

 

2017 projects

 

The Seventh Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2017 cycle, 86 local and out-of-state PRIMES, PRIMES-USA, and PRIMES Circle students are working on 49 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology and studying in 12 reading groups under the mentorship of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students from MIT and Harvard. So far they have received the following honors:

  • 3rd Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF);
  • 7 regional finalist and 20 semifinalist awards in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Students' honors:

Sanjit Bhat

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Albert Kwon

 

Jeremy Chen

2017 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Robin Elliott

 

Robert Chen

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Alin Tomescu

 

Chao Cheng

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Prof. John Williams

 

David Darrow

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentors: Prof. Alex Townsend, Cornell University, and Prof. Grady Wright, Boise State University

 

Swapnil Garg

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Alexey Pakharev, Northeastern University

 

Kyle Gatesman

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Prof. James Unwin, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Michael Gintz

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Tanya Khovanova

 

Louis Golowich

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Chiheon Kim

 

Henry Heffan

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Ethan Hellman, Dr. Jason Hennessey, Kyle Hogan, and Dr. Mayank Varia, Boston University

 

Kevin Hu

2017 ISEF 3rd Award (biomed) (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Dr. Mahmoud Ghandi, Broad Institute

 

John Kuszmaul

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Alin Tomescu

 

David Lu

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Albert Kwon

 

Michael Ma

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: William Kuszmaul, Stanford University

 

Kalyan Palepu

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Gil Alterovitz

 

Dylan Pentland

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Younhun Kim

 

Michael Ren

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Xiaomeng Xu

 

Harshal Sheth

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Raja Sambasivan, Boston University

 

Shashvat Srivastava

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Ethan Hellman, Dr. Jason Hennessey, Kyle Hogan, and Dr. Mayank Varia, Boston University

 

Andrew Sun

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Raja Sambasivan, Boston University

 

Grace Tian

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Jesse Freeman

 

Adithya Vellal

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Gil Alterovitz

 

Franklyn Wang

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Prof. Michael Zieve, University of Michigan

 

Wendy Wu

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Guangyi Yue

 

Guanpeng (Andy) Xu

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Guangyi Yue

 

Andrew Zhang

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Dr. Gil Alterovitz

 

Anlin Zhang

2017 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Prof. Laura Schaposnik, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Yiming Zheng

2017 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Alin Tomescu

 

 

2016 projects

 

The Sixth Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2016 cycle, 75 local and out-of-state PRIMES, PRIMES-USA, and PRIMES Circle students were working on 40 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology and studying in 13 reading groups under the mentorship of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students from MIT and Harvard. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

Leo Alcock

Paper presenter at 9th ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop, Dallas, Texas, November 2017
Mentor: Ling Ren

 

Kai-Siang Ang

2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor: Prof. Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)

 

Vivek Bhupatiraju

2016 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Albert Kwon and Ling Ren

 

Kevin Chang

2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor: William Kuszmaul (Stanford University)

 

Makena Binker Cosen (PRIMES Circle student)

2016 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Ying Gao

 

Louis Golowich

2016 Siemens 4th Prize
Mentor: Chiheon Kim

 

Nicholas Guo

2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor: Guangyi Yue

 

Matthew Hase-Liu

2016 Siemens semifinalist
2017 Regeneron STS scholar
2017 ISEF 3rd Award (math) and AMS 2nd Award
Mentor: Nicholas Triantafillou

 

Sathwik Karnik

2017 ISEF 4th Award (math)
Mentor: Hyun Jong Kim

 

John Kuszmaul

2016 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Albert Kwon and Ling Ren

 

Alec Leng

2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor: David Corwin

 

Nikhil Marda

2016 Siemens semifinalist
2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor:
Borys Kadets

 

Laura Pierson

2017 Regeneron STS 6th Place
Mentor: Siddharth Venkatesh

 

Dhruv Rohatgi

2016 Siemens semifinalist
2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor:
Vishal Arul

 

Alec Sun

2016 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
2017 Regeneron STS finalist
Mentor: Seth Shelley-Abrahamson

 

Vinjai Vale

2016 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Albert Kwon and Ling Ren

 

Felix Wang

2016 Siemens semifinalist
2017 Regeneron STS finalist
2017 Davison Fellow
Mentor: Prof. Michael Zieve, University of Michigan

 

Aaron Yeiser

2017 Regeneron STS 2nd Place
Mentor: Dr. Alex Townsend

 

Albert Yue

2016 Siemens regional finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
2017 Regeneron STS scholar
Mentor: Piotr Suwara

 

Richard Zhou

2016 Siemens 4th Prize
Mentor: Chiheon Kim

 

 

2015 projects

 

The Fifth Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2015 cycle, 74 local and out-of-state PRIMES, PRIMES-USA, and PRIMES Circle students were working on 30 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology and studying in 4 reading groups under the mentorship of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students from MIT and Harvard. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

David Amirault

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: David Corwin

 

Amy Chou

2015 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)

 

Nicholas Diaco

Outstanding Presentation award at 2016 MAA
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

Diana Ding

2015 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Albert Kwon

 

Brandon Epstein

2015 Siemens semifinalist
2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Prof. Martin Rocek (SUNY at Stony Brook)

 

Daniel Guo

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Prof. Partha Dey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Meghal Gupta

2015 Siemens semifinalist
2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Jesse Geneson

 

Cristian Gutu

2015 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Albert Kwon

 

Meena Jagadeesan

Davidson Fellow Laureate
2016 Intel STS 2nd place
2015 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Miriam Farber

 

Varun Jain

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Carl Lian

 

Kenz Kallal

2015 Siemens regional finalist
Mentors: Thao Thi Thu Do and Prof. Michael Zieve (University of Michigan)

 

Jacob Klegar

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Prof. Sergiy Merenkov, CCNY-CUNY

 

Matthew Lipman

2015 Siemens regional finalist
Mentors: Thao Thi Thu Do and Prof. Michael Zieve (University of Michigan)

 

Dhruv Medarametla

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2016 MAA (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Aaron Potechin

 

Mehtaab Sawhney

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2016 MAA
Mentor: Jonathan Weed

 

Harshal Sheth

2015 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Cody Cutler

 

Girishvar Venkat

2016 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Siddharth Venkatesh

 

Felix Wang

2015 Siemens regional finalist
Mentors: Thao Thi Thu Do and Prof. Michael Zieve (University of Michigan)

 

Aashish Welling

2015 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Cody Cutler

 

Rachel Zhang

2015 Siemens regional finalist
2016 Intel STS finalist
Mentor: Prof. Moira Chas (SUNY at Stony Brook)

 

 

2014 projects

 

The Fourth Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2014 cycle, 59 local and out-of-state PRIMES, PRIMES-USA, and PRIMES Circle students are working on 38 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology and studying in 9 reading groups under the mentorship of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students from MIT and Harvard. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

Amy Chou

2014 Siemens semifinalist
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Rishabh Singh

 

Yilun Du

2014 Siemens semifinalist
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Prof. Sergiy Merenkov (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 

Kavish Gandhi

2015 Intel STS semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Yufei Zhao

 

Noah Golowich

2015 Intel STS 1st Place
Davidson Fellow Laureate
2014 Siemens regional finalist
paper published in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 21:3 (2014)
Mentor: Laszlo Lovasz

 

Niket Gowravaram

2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Alisa Knizel

 

Brice Huang

2015 Intel STS 2nd Place
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Wuttisak Trongsiriwat

 

Justin Kaashoek

2014 Siemens semifinalist
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Rishabh Singh

 

Shashwat Kishore

2015 Intel STS 3rd Place
Mentors: Gus Lonergan and Pavel Etingof

 

Jessica Li

2014 Siemens semifinalist
2015 Intel STS semifinalist
2015 National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium 3rd Place
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor:
Prof. Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 

Andrew Luo

2014 Siemens regional finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentors: Geoffrey Fudenberg and Maxim Imakaev

 

Shyam Narayanan

2014 Siemens semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: David Corwin

 

Eric Neyman

2014 Siemens semifinalist
2015 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Darij Grinberg

 

Uma Roy

2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Alisa Knizel

 

Peter Tian

2014 Siemens 1st Prize
Davidson Fellow
2015 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Jesse Geneson

 

Nathan Wolfe

2014 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Ling Ren and Xiangyao Yu

 

Joshua Xiong

2014 Siemens semifinalist
paper published in Journal of Integer Sequences 17 (2014)
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

Alexandria Yu

2015 Intel STS semifinalist
2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentors: Sherry Gong

 

Ethan Zou

2014 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Ling Ren and Xiangyao Yu

 

Joseph Zurier

2014 Siemens 2nd Prize
2015 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Ben Yang

 

 

2013 projects

 

The Third Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2013 cycle, 52 local and out-of-state PRIMES, PRIMES-USA, and PRIMES Circle students worked on 33 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology and studying in 7 reading groups under the mentorship of postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students from MIT and Harvard. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

Leigh Marie Braswell

paper published in the College Mathematics Journal 45:2 (2014)
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

Jeffrey Cai

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
2013 Siemens regional finalist
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Daniel Thompson

 

Vahid Fazel-Rezai

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 21:2 (2014)
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

Kavish Gandhi

2013 Siemens 2nd Prize
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Combinatorics 5:2 (2014)
Mentor: Laszlo Lovasz

 

Ying Gao

2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Sergei Bernstein

 

Noah Golowich

2013 Siemens 2nd Prize
2014 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair 1st Place
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Combinatorics 5:2 (2014)
Mentor: Laszlo Lovasz

 

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Nihal Gowravaram

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Wuttisak Trongsiriwat

 

Steven Homberg

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Luke Ward

 

Ravi Jagadeesan

Davidson Fellow Laureate
2013 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Akhil Mathew

 

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Nicolaas Kaashoek

2013 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Christos Tzamos and Matt Weinberg

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William Kuszmaul

2014 Intel STS 3rd Prize
2013 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Darij Grinberg

John Long

2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Angela Yen

 

Jin-Woo (Bryan) Oh

Outstanding Presentation award at 2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
1st Place in the Mathematical Science Category at the 2014 New York State Science and Engineering Fair
Mentor: Rik Sengupta

Rohil Prasad

2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentors: Tanya Khovanova and Jesse Geneson

Ritesh Ragavender

First Prize in the mathematical sciences and Third Place AMS Menger Award at 2014 Intel ISEF
2014 Intel STS semifinalist
Davidson Fellow
Yau High School Math Competition Bronze award
Outstanding Presentation award at 2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Alex Ellis

 

Raj Raina

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
2013 Siemens semifinalist
2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Andrey Grinshpun

 

Uma Roy

2013 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)
Outstanding Presentation award at 2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentor: Yael Fregier

 

Ajay Saini

2014 Intel STS finalist
Mentor: Natasha Markuzon

 

Gabby Studt

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Daniel Thompson

 

Junho Won

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Chiheon Kim

 

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William Wu

2013 Siemens semifinalist
Mentors: Christos Tzamos and Matt Weinberg

Isaac Xia

2014 Intel STS semifinalist
2013 Siemens semifinalist
Mentor: Yael Fregier

 

 

2012 projects

 

The Second Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2012 cycle, 30 local and one out-of-state PRIMES students worked on 24 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology under the mentorship of MIT graduate students. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

Dhroova Aiylam

2013 Intel STS semifinalist
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

Surya Bhupatiraju

2013 Intel STS finalist
Mentor: Alex Arkhipov

 

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Christina Chen

2013 Intel STS semifinalist
2012 Siemens regional finalist
poster accepted for 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Nan Li

 

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Boryana Doyle

presenter at the conference Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in September-October 2012
Mentors: Geoff Fudenberg and Maksim Imakaev

 

Photo of Saarik Kalia

Nihal Gowravaram

2012 Siemens regional finalist
2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Joel Lewis

 

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Ravi Jagadeesan

2012 Siemens regional finalist
Mentor: Joel Lewis

 

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Saarik Kalia

2012 Siemens semifinalist
2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor
: Tue Ly

 

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Aaron Klein

2013 Intel STS semifinalist
poster accepted for 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Yan Zhang

 

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William Kuszmaul

2012 Siemens regional finalist
poster accepted for 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
2013 Davidson Fellow
paper published in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 20:4 (2013)
Mentors: Darij Grinberg and Sergei Bernstein

Ashwin Murali

presenter at the conference Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in September-October 2012
Mentors: Geoff Fudenberg and Maksim Imakaev

 

Rohil Prasad

2012 Siemens 5th Prize
Mentor: Jesse Geneson

Jonathan Tidor

2012 Siemens 5th Prize
Mentor: Jesse Geneson

Sahana Vasudevan

2013 Intel STS 10th Prize (project done outside of PRIMES)
Mentors: Pavel Etingof and Vinoth Nandakumar

Andrew Xia

2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentors
: Gil Alterovitz and Jeremy Warner

 

Michael Zanger-Tischler

2012 Siemens semifinalist
2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor
: Tue Ly

 

Peijin Zhang

2012 Siemens regional finalist
Mentors
: Gil Alterovitz and Jeremy Warner

 

Ziling Zhou

2012 Siemens regional finalist
poster accepted for 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentors
: Darij Grinberg and Sergei Bernstein

 

 

2011 projects

 

The First Annual PRIMES Conference

 

 

In the 2011 cycle, 21 local PRIMES students worked on 16 faculty-formulated research projects in mathematics and physical and computational biology under the mentorship of MIT graduate students. They have received the following honors:

Students' honors:

Surya Bhupatiraju

2011 Siemens regional finalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Algebra (December 2012)
Mentor: David Jordan; project supervised by Pavel Etingof

 

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Christina Chen

3rd Place at the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair
Outstanding Presentation award at 2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
paper published in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 366 (2014)
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

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Yongyi Chen

2011 Siemens regional finalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: David Jordan; project supervised by Pavel Etingof

 

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Sheela Devadas

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Steven Sam

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Fengning (David) Ding

2012 Davidson Fellow Laureate
4th Prize at 2012 Intel STS
2011 Siemens semifinalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in Representation Theory 17 (2013)
Mentor: Sasha Tsymbaliuk

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Caroline Ellison

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Giorgia Fortuna

 

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Xiaoyu He

2012 Davidson Fellow
2012 Intel STS finalist
2011 Siemens semifinalist
Outstanding Presentation award at 2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session
Mentor: Tanya Khovanova

 

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Saarik Kalia

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor
: Tanya Khovanova

 

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Aaron Klein

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (March 2014)
Mentor
: Alejandro Morales

 

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William Kuszmaul

2011 Siemens regional finalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Algebra (December 2012)
Mentor: David Jordan; project supervised by Pavel Etingof

 

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Jason Li

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
paper published in the Journal of Algebra (December 2012)
Mentor: David Jordan; project supervised by Pavel Etingof

 

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Carl Lian

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Steven Sam

 

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Ziv Scully

2012 Intel STS semifinalist
2011 Siemens semifinalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: Yan Zhang

 

 

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Michael Zhang

2011 Siemens regional finalist
2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter
Mentor: David Jordan; project supervised by Pavel Etingof

 

 

 

 

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