PRIMES: Honors and Awards
This page lists PRIMES students who received various honors and awards for their research projects. See also Awardwinning 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 outofstate PRIMES, PRIMESUSA, and PRIMES Circle students are working on 49 facultyformulated 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);
 2nd Prize ($50,000 scholarship), two national finalist ($25,000), 4 regional finalist and 21 semifinalist awards in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology;
 7 finalists and 9 national scholar awards in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition;
 One student received an Outstanding Presentation award at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego.
Students' honors:

Ayush Agarwal 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Sanjit Bhat 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Vivek Bhupatiraju 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


August Chen 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Jeremy Chen 2017 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Robert Chen 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Chao Cheng 2018 Regeneron STS scholar
(project done outside of PRIMES)


David Darrow 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Kaan Dokmeci 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Swapnil Garg 2017 Siemens national finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Kyle Gatesman 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Michael Gintz 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Gopal Goel Outstanding Presentation award at 2018 MAA


Louis Golowich 2018 Regeneron STS finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Louis Golowich 2018 Regeneron STS finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Louis Golowich 2018 Regeneron STS finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Louis Golowich 2018 Regeneron STS finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Louis Golowich 2018 Regeneron STS finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Henry Heffan 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Kevin Hu 2017 ISEF 3rd Award (biomed) (project done outside of PRIMES)


John Kuszmaul 2017 Siemens semifinalist


David Lu 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Michael Ma 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Kalyan Palepu 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Dylan Pentland 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Michael Ren 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Harshal Sheth 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Mihir Singhal 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Shashvat Srivastava 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Andrew Sun 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Grace Tian 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Vinjai Vale 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Adithya Vellal 2017 Siemens semifinalist


Franklyn Wang 2018 Regeneron STS finalist


Wendy Wu 2017 Siemens regional finalist


Guanpeng (Andy) Xu 2017 Siemens regional finalist

Andrew Zhang 2017 Siemens semifinalist



Anlin Zhang 2017 Siemens national finalist


William Zhang 2018 Regeneron STS scholar


Yiming Zheng 2017 Siemens semifinalist

2016 projects
The Sixth Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2016 cycle, 75 local and outofstate PRIMES, PRIMESUSA, and PRIMES Circle students were working on 40 facultyformulated 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:
 4th Prize (two students; $30,000 scholarship), 1 regional finalist award, and 9 semifinalist awards in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology;
 2nd Place ($175,000 scholarship), 6th Place ($80,000), 2 finalists, and 8 national scholar awards in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition;
 3rd and 4th Awards in Mathematics and AMS 2nd Award at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF);
 one Davidson Fellow ($25,000).
Students' honors:

Leo Alcock Paper presenter at 9th ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop, Dallas, Texas, November 2017


KaiSiang Ang 2017 Regeneron STS scholar


Vivek Bhupatiraju 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Kevin Chang 2017 Regeneron STS scholar


Makena Binker Cosen (PRIMES Circle student) 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Louis Golowich 2016 Siemens 4th Prize


Nicholas Guo 2017 Regeneron STS scholar


Matthew HaseLiu 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Sathwik Karnik 2017 ISEF 4th Award (math)


John Kuszmaul 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Alec Leng 2017 Regeneron STS scholar


Nikhil Marda 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Laura Pierson 2017 Regeneron STS 6th Place


Dhruv Rohatgi 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Alec Sun 2016 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Vinjai Vale 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Felix Wang 2016 Siemens semifinalist


Aaron Yeiser 2017 Regeneron STS 2nd Place


Albert Yue 2016 Siemens regional finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Richard Zhou 2016 Siemens 4th Prize

2015 projects
The Fifth Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2015 cycle, 74 local and outofstate PRIMES, PRIMESUSA, and PRIMES Circle students were working on 30 facultyformulated 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:
 3 students received Outstanding Presentation awards at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle;
 2nd Place ($75,000) Medal of Distinction for Basic Research, 1 national finalist award, and 9 national semifinalist awards in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search;
 6 regional finalist awards and 6 semifinalist awards in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology;
 one Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000).
Students' honors:

David Amirault 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Amy Chou 2015 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


Nicholas Diaco Outstanding Presentation award at 2016 MAA


Diana Ding 2015 Siemens regional finalist


Brandon Epstein 2015 Siemens semifinalist


Daniel Guo 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Meghal Gupta 2015 Siemens semifinalist


Cristian Gutu 2015 Siemens regional finalist


Meena Jagadeesan Davidson Fellow Laureate


Varun Jain 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Kenz Kallal 2015 Siemens regional finalist


Jacob Klegar 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Matthew Lipman 2015 Siemens regional finalist


Dhruv Medarametla 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Mehtaab Sawhney 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Harshal Sheth 2015 Siemens semifinalist


Girishvar Venkat 2016 Intel STS semifinalist


Felix Wang 2015 Siemens regional finalist


Aashish Welling 2015 Siemens semifinalist


Rachel Zhang 2015 Siemens regional finalist

2014 projects
The Fourth Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2014 cycle, 59 local and outofstate PRIMES, PRIMESUSA, and PRIMES Circle students are working on 38 facultyformulated 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:
 10 students were invited to present at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Antonio, and 2 received an Outstanding Presentation award;
 1st Prize ($100,000 scholarship), 2nd Prize ($50,000), 2 regional finalist awards, and 9 semifinalist awards in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology;
 1st Place ($150,000), 2nd Place ($75,000), and 3rd Place Medals of Distinction for Basic Research ($35,000), 3 national finalists and 9 national semifinalist awards in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search;
 one Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000) and one Davidson Fellow ($25,000);
 3rd Place at 2015 National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.
Students' honors:

Amy Chou 2014 Siemens semifinalist


2014 Siemens semifinalist


2015 Intel STS semifinalist


2015 Intel STS 1st Place


2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


Brice Huang 2015 Intel STS 2nd Place


Justin Kaashoek 2014 Siemens semifinalist


2015 Intel STS 3rd Place


2014 Siemens semifinalist


Andrew Luo 2014 Siemens regional finalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


2014 Siemens semifinalist


Eric Neyman 2014 Siemens semifinalist


2015 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


Peter Tian 2014 Siemens 1st Prize


2014 Siemens semifinalist


Joshua Xiong 2014 Siemens semifinalist


2015 Intel STS semifinalist


Ethan Zou 2014 Siemens semifinalist


Joseph Zurier 2014 Siemens 2nd Prize

2013 projects
The Third Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2013 cycle, 52 local and outofstate PRIMES, PRIMESUSA, and PRIMES Circle students worked on 33 facultyformulated 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:
 14 students were invited to present at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, and 4 received an Outstanding Presentation award;
 First Prize in the mathematical sciences and Third Place AMS Menger Award at 2014 Intel ISEF;
 2nd Prize (two students; $50,000 scholarship), 3 regional finalist awards, and 7 semifinalist awards in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology;
 3rd Prize ($50,000), 2 national finalists and 11 national semifinalist awards in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search;
 one Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000) and one Davidson Fellow ($25,000);
 Bronze award at the ShingTung Yau High School Math Competition;
 1st Place in the Mathematical Science Category at the 2014 New York State Science and Engineering Fair; 1st Place at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair.
Students' honors:

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


Jeffrey Cai 2014 Intel STS semifinalist


Vahid FazelRezai 2014 Intel STS semifinalist


2013 Siemens 2nd Prize


2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


2013 Siemens 2nd Prize

2014 Intel STS semifinalist



2014 Intel STS semifinalist


Davidson Fellow Laureate

Nicolaas Kaashoek 2013 Siemens semifinalist 

2014 Intel STS 3rd Prize 


2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter

Outstanding Presentation award at 2014 MAA Undergraduate
Student Poster Session 

Rohil Prasad 2014 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter 


First Prize in the mathematical sciences and Third Place AMS Menger Award at 2014 Intel ISEF


2014 Intel STS semifinalist


Uma Roy 2013 Siemens semifinalist (project done outside of PRIMES)


2014 Intel STS finalist


2014 Intel STS semifinalist


2014 Intel STS semifinalist

2013 Siemens semifinalist 


Isaac Xia 2014 Intel STS semifinalist

2012 projects
The Second Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2012 cycle, 30 local and one outofstate PRIMES students worked on 24 facultyformulated research projects in mathematics, computer science, and physical and computational biology under the mentorship of MIT graduate students. They have received the following honors:
 8 students were invited to present at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego;
 5th Prize (two students; $20,000 scholarship), 8 regional finalist awards, and 2 semifinalist awards in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, sweeping all finalist awards in Massachusetts and New Hampshire;
 10th Prize ($20,000 scholarship), two national finalist awards, and five national semifinalist awards in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search;
 one Davidson Fellow ($10,000 scholarship);
 two PRIMES students presented their research at the academic conference, Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function, held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in SeptemberOctober 2012.
Students' honors:

Dhroova Aiylam 2013 Intel STS semifinalist


2013 Intel STS finalist


2013 Intel STS semifinalist

presenter at the conference Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function in the Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory in SeptemberOctober 2012


2012 Siemens regional finalist


2012 Siemens regional finalist

2012 Siemens semifinalist


Aaron Klein 2013 Intel STS semifinalist


2012 Siemens regional finalist 

presenter at the conference Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function in the Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory in SeptemberOctober 2012


Rohil Prasad 2012 Siemens 5th Prize 

2012 Siemens 5th Prize 

Sahana Vasudevan 2013 Intel STS 10th Prize (project done outside of PRIMES) 

Andrew Xia 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


2012 Siemens semifinalist


2012 Siemens regional finalist


Ziling Zhou 2012 Siemens regional finalist

2011 projects
The First Annual PRIMES Conference
In the 2011 cycle, 21 local PRIMES students worked on 16 facultyformulated research projects in mathematics and physical and computational biology under the mentorship of MIT graduate students. They have received the following honors:
 12 students were invited to present at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session of the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, and 2 received an Outstanding Presentation award;
 4 regional finalist awards and 3 semifinalist awards in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, sweeping all finalist awards in Massachusetts;
 4th Prize ($40,000 scholarship), 1 national finalist award, and 1 national semifinalist award in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search;
 3rd Place at the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair;
 One 2012 Davidson Fellow Laureate ($50,000 scholarship) and one Davidson Fellow ($10,000 scholarship).
Students' honors:

2011 Siemens regional finalist


3rd Place at the Massachusetts Science and Engineering
Fair

Yongyi Chen 2011 Siemens regional finalist

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter 

2012 Davidson Fellow Laureate 

2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


2012 Davidson Fellow


2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


Aaron Klein 2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


2011 Siemens regional finalist


Jason Li 2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


Carl Lian 2012 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session presenter


2012 Intel STS semifinalist


2011 Siemens regional finalist

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