Ponte Vedra High School student Adam Snowden is participating in the 33rd annual Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this summer.
Snowden was one of just two Florida students – and one of only 82 from around the world – selected to participate in the six-week program, which provides a rigorous research experience for students who are academically talented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)
“The Research Science Institute offers scholars the opportunity to experience graduate level research and camaraderie with other academically talented STEM scholars,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, president of the Center for Excellence in Education, which sponsors the program. “RSI has nearly 2,500 successful alumni, with an 80 percent STEM career retention rate of the alumni.”
Offered at no cost to participating students, RSI brings together students from across the country and around the world for one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four and a half weeks of research with a professor or research scientist in the students’ respective areas of interest. In the final week, students demonstrate their work through written academic papers and present oral findings to their peers and a panel of judges.