PVHS student wins award at annual Research Science Institute


Adam Snowden of Ponte Vedra High School was among the top award-winners at the 33rd annual Research Science Institute (RSI) held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) June 25-Aug. 5.

Snowden was one of the oral presentation winners for his research conducted at the institute, a six-week intensive internationally recognized program, held in collaboration with MIT each summer for high school academic achievers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

RSI scholars participate in college-level research in pure and applied mathematics, physical and biological sciences, economics, engineering, and computer science, under the mentorship of leading scientist and researches in the Boston area. RSI consists of one week of theoretical classroom work, followed by four-and-a-half weeks of research in the students’ respective areas of interest. It provides students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities.

In the final week, students demonstrate their work through written academic papers and present oral findings to their peers and a panel of judges, of which the top five written and oral presentations are selected for the prestigious commendations. Snowden was chosen among the field of 82 participants.

“Many of these scholars are our future creators, inventors, scientists and leaders of the 21st century, and this research represents a high level of academic acumen,” Center for Excellence in Education President Joann P. DiGennaro said. “Students have the opportunity to experience graduate-level research and camaraderie with other academically talented STEM scholars.”