# 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. RSI faculty advisors are Prof. David Jerison and Prof. Ankur Moitra. Program assistant is AndrĂ© Dixon.

## 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.

## 2022

Matthew Chen | Semifinalist Regeneron STS 2023 | Mentor: Adela Zhang |

Madeleine de Belloy | Semifinalist Regeneron STS 2023 | Mentor: Mary Stelow |

Sally Zhu | Semifinalist Regeneron STS 2023 | Mentor: Zhenhao Li |

## 2021

Kevin Cong | Scholar Regeneron STS 2022 | Mentor: Alexander Ortiz |

Eli Meyers | Scholar Regeneron STS 2022 | Mentor: Mary Stelow |

## 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) |

Gregory Li | 4th Grand Award (Math) ISEF-2021 | Mentor: Ethan Sussman |

Andrei Mandelshtam | 4th Grand Award (Math) and 3rd Special Award (from AMS) at ISEF-2021 / 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 |