# RSI

Since 1993, the MIT Mathematics Department has participated in the Research Science Institute (RSI), an MIT-hosted six-week summer program for rising high school seniors. RSI students are chosen for their superior achievement in math, science and engineering. The selection for RSI is done by the Center for Excellence in Education, a federally and privately funded nonprofit organization, based in Washington DC. All inquiries about applications to RSI should be directed to the CEE.

There are about 3,000 applicants to the program each year and of the 80 selected, around one third are from abroad and two thirds from the United States. About a dozen students are selected to work on research projects in mathematics. The MIT Mathematics Department Faculty Advisors for RSI match each student with a mathematics graduate student mentor with compatible interests. The graduate student mentor devises a research project, often in consultation with an MIT faculty advisor. The graduate student then meets with each of his/her mentees each weekday during the RSI program. Dr. Slava Gerovitch is the program director.

## Applying to RSI

The application materials and the process can be found online at CEE RSI application page .

## Past Projects

At the end of the program, students make presentations to each other and to a panel of scientists who are usually former RSI participants themselves. See abstracts and papers from recent mathematics projects.

## Recent Awards

RSI students often use their projects to participate in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology or the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The mathematics group has been very well represented among the winners of these contests.

## 2020

**Yunseo Choi** - First Place Regeneron STS 2021 / USA Finalist and Gold Medalist 2020 Yau Science Award / Honorable Mention at 2021 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session

Mentor: Prof. Scott Duke Kominers (Harvard)

**Andrei Mandelshtam** - Finalist Regeneron STS 2021

Mentor: Daniil Kalinov

## 2019

**Dimitar Chakarov** - Finalist ISEF-2020

Mentor: Yichi Zhang

**Rupert Li** - Finalist ISEF-2020

Mentor: Yibo Gao (PRIMES project)

**Jason Liu** - Finalist Regeneron STS 2020 / Davidson Fellow 2020

Mentor: Robert Burklund

**AnaMaria Perez** - Finalist ISEF-2020

Mentor: Rose Zhang

## 2018

**Kayson Hansen** - Finalist ISEF-2019

Mentor: Hood Chatham

**Kaiying Hou** - Scholar Regeneron STS 2019

Mentor: Ruoxuan Yang

**Aknazar Kazhymurat** - Finalist ISEF-2019

Mentor: Bar Kartal

**Chavdar Lalov** - Third Award in Math from AMS at ISEF-2019

Mentor: Guangyi Yue

**Kevin Liu** - Scholar Regeneron STS 2019

Mentor: Chun Hong Lo

**Roshan Warman** - Finalist ISEF-2019

Mentor: Yibo Gao

## 2017

**Alan Peng** - Semifinalist Siemens 2017 / Scholar Regeneron STS 2018

Mentor: Guangyi Yue

**Michelle Shen** - Semifinalist Siemens 2017 / Scholar Regeneron STS 2018

Mentor: Younhun Kim

**Grace Tian** - Semifinalist Siemens 2017 / Finalist Regeneron STS 2018

Mentor: Vishal Patil

**David Wu** - Semifinalist Siemens 2017 / Finalist Regeneron STS 2018 / Davidson Fellow 2018

Mentor: Robert Burklund

**Karthik Yegnesh** - Second Award in Math and AMS Honorable Mention ISEF 2018

Mentor: Augustus Lonergan

## 2016

**Benjamin Chen** - Semifinalist Siemens 2016 / Scholar Regeneron STS 2017

Mentor: Thao Do

**Angela Deng** - Scholar Regeneron STS 2017

Mentor: Guangyi Yue

**Caleb He** - Semifinalist Siemens 2016

Mentor: Ethan Jaffe

**Dona-Maria Ivanova** - Fourth Award in Math ISEF 2017

Mentor: Zhenkun Li

**Nolan Reilly** - Semifinalist Siemens 2016

Mentor: Mason Biamonte

**Dhruv Rohatgi** - Semifinalist Siemens 2016 / Scholar Regeneron STS 2017

Mentor: Chiheon Kim

## 2015

**Amy Chou** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015

Mentor: James Hirst

**Brandon Epstein** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2016

Mentor: Hong Wang

**Brian Gu** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015

Mentor: Brandon Tran

**Meena Jagadeesan** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015

Mentor: Andrew Rzeznik

**Abijith Krishnan** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015

Mentor: Shan-Yuan Ho

**Wilbur Li** - Semifinalist Siemens 2015

Mentor: Cesar Cuenca

**Sarvasva Raghuvanshi** - Regional finalist Siemens 2015 / Outstanding Presentation at 2016 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session

Mentor: James Hirst

## 2014

**Kavish Gandhi** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2015

Mentor: Chiheon Kim

**Petar Gaydarov** - Second Prize Intel ISEF 2015

Mentor: Sam Hopkins, project by Alexander Postnikov

**Noah Golowich** - First Place Medal Intel STS 2015 / Davidson Fellow Laureate

Mentor: David Rolnick, project by Jacob Fox

**Lev Kendrick** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2015

Mentor: Gus Lonergan, project by Pavel Etingof

**Shashwat Kishore** - Third Place Medal Intel STS 2015

Mentor: Gus Lonergan, project by Pavel Etingof

**Yelena Mandelshtam** - Semifinalist Siemens 2014 / Finalist Intel STS 2015

Mentor: Miriam Farber, project by Alexander Postnikov

**Peter Tian** - First Prize Siemens 2014 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2015 / Davidson Fellow

Mentor: Jesse Geneson, project by Jesse Geneson

**Jesse Zhang** Semifinalist Siemens 2014 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2015

Mentors: David Rush, project by Vic Reiner

## 2013

**Rumen Dangovski** - Second Prize Intel ISEF 2014

Mentor: Nathan Harman, project by Pavel Etingof

**Raj Raina** - Semifinalist Siemens 2013 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2014

Mentor: Rik Sengupta, project by Jacob Fox

**Sarah Shader** - Semifinalist Siemens 2013 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2014 / Second Place AMS Menger Award at Intel ISEF 2014

Mentor: Gaku Liu, project by Alexander Postnikov

**Jessica Shi** - Semifinalist Siemens 2013 / Finalist Intel STS 2014 /

Outstanding Presentation at 2014 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session

Mentor: Francisco Unda, project by Jacob Fox

**Bertrand Stone** - Semifinalist Siemens 2013 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2014 / Honorable Mention for AMS Menger Award at Intel ISEF 2014

Mentor: Chiheon Kim, project by Pavel Etingof

## 2012

**Matthew Babbitt** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Jesse Geneson

**Surya Bhupatiraju** - Finalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Alex Arkhipov

**Joshua Brakensiek** - Outstanding Presentation at 2013 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session / Davidson Fellow 2013 / 2013 MathFest Pi Mu Epsilon Student
Presentation Award

Semifinalist Siemens 2013 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2014

Mentor: Aaron Potechin

**Katherine Cordwell** - Finalist Intel STS 2013 / First Award Intel ISEF 2013

Mentor: Teng Fei

**Kevin Garbe** - Finalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Dorin Boger

**Simanta Gautam** - Semifinalist Siemens 2012 / Second Award Intel ISEF 2013

Mentor: Dmitry Vaintrob

**Gil Goldshlager** - Semifinalist Siemens 2012 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Aaron Potechin

**Jacob McNamara** - Semifinalist Siemens 2012 / Davidson Fellow Honorable Mention 2013

Mentor: Dmitry Vaintrob

**Charles Pasternak** - Semifinalist Siemens 2012

Mentor: Matt Coudron

**Lilly Shen** - Semifinalist Siemens 2012 / Semifinalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Jesse Geneson

**Kathleen Zhou** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2013

Mentor: Teng Fei

## 2011

**Rebecca Chen** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2012

Regional Semifinalist Siemens Competition 2011

Mentor: Wenzhe Wei

**Sitan Chen** - 3rd Prize ($40K) Siemens Competition 2011

2012 Davidson Fellow Laureate ($10K)

Finalist Intel STS 2012

Mentor: Jesse Geneson

**Sidharth Dhawan** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2012

Mentor: Zachary Abel

**Eric Mannes** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2012

Mentor: Aaron Potechin

**Matthew Rauen** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2012

Mentor: Jesse Geneson

**Adam H. Su** - Semifinalist Intel STS 2012

Regional Semifinalist Siemens Competition 2011

Mentor: Benjamin Iriarte

## 2010

**Wenyu Cao** - Finalist Intel STS 2011

Mentor: Rosalie Beranger-Rioux

**Randy Jia** - Finalist Siemens Competition 2010

Mentor: John Lesieutre

## 2009

**Tian-yi (Damien) Jiang** - Regional Finalist Siemens Competition 2009

Mentor: Yan Zhang

**Akhil Mathew** - 3rd Prize ($50K) Intel STS 2010

Project suggested by Pavel Etingof

**Arjun Puranik** - Regional Finalist Siemens Competition 2009

Mentor: Martina Balagovic; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof

**Dennis Tseng** - Regional Finalist Siemens Competition 2009

Mentor: Nan Li

**Lynnelle Ye** - 2nd Prize ($50K) Siemens Competition 2009 and 4th Prize ($40K) Intel STS 2010

Mentor: Tirasan Khandhawit; Supervisor Tanya Khovanova

## 2008

**Noah Arbesfeld** - 6th Place ($25K) Intel STS 2009

Mentor: David Jordan; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof

**Eric Larson** - 1st Place ($100K) Intel STS 2009 and 2nd Place ($50K) Siemens Competition 2008

Mentor: David Jordan; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof

**Max Rabinovich** - Finalist Intel STS 2009

Mentor: Emmanuel Stoica; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof and supervised by David Jerison

**Adam Sealfron** - Finalist Intel STS 2009

Mentor: Victor Chen

## 2007

**Benjamin Dozier** - Finalist Intel STS 2008

Mentor: Cameron Freer

**Qiaochu Yuan** - Finalist Intel STS 2008

Mentor: Ryan Reich

## 2006

**Harrison Chen** - Regional Finalist Siemens Competition 2006

Mentor: Zuoqin Wang

**Sana Raoof** - 1st Place (three-way tie; 1/3 of $175K) Intel ISEF 2008

Mentor: David Jordan

**Dmitry Vaintrob** - 1st Place ($100K) Siemens Competition 2006 and 3rd Place ($50K) Intel STS 2007

Mentor: Aaron Tievsky; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof

## 2005

**Kimberly Scott** - 10th Place ($20K) Intel STS 2006

**Yi Sun** - 2nd Place ($75K) Intel STS 2006

## 2002

**Steven Byrnes** - 1st Prize ($100K) Siemens Westinghouse 2002-2003

Mentor: Edward Early

## 1997

**Christopher Mihelich** - 1st Prize ($40K) Westinghouse STS 1998

Mentor: Alexander Soloviev; Project suggested by Sergey Fomin

**Travis Schedler** - 5th Prize ($15K) Westinghouse STS 1998

Mentor: Alexander Soloviev; Project suggested by Pavel Etingof