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Center for Excellence in Education Announces Inauguration of Research Science Institute at Caltech.

VIENNA, Va., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia-based Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Caltech today announced the inauguration of the Research Science Institute (RSI), a six-week summer program for academically talented high school science students.

RSI at Caltech furthers the Center's mission of nurturing careers of leadership and excellence in science and technology and promoting international understanding among future leaders. From June 27 to August 7, 2004, the RSI program at Caltech will bring together 35 high-achieving students -- 25 from the U.S. and 10 from other nations.

The program at Caltech complements the Research Science Institute at MIT, which has been collaboratively sponsored by CEE and MIT for the past 11 years.

RSI, offered free of cost to students, combines classroom training and research mentorships. Considered one of the most prestigious competitive science programs for high school students in the nation, RSI boasts of over 1400 alumni including student scholars from 46 nations. Selection criteria include grades, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, participation in science competitions and community service. Applicants' SAT scores generally range in the high 1,500s to 1,600.

RSI alumni go on to participate and garner top prizes in science competitions. In 2003, alumni garnered the top prize of $100,000 scholarship awards in both the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens-Westinghouse competition.

According to Joann DiGennaro, President of the Center for Excellence in Education, "A program like RSI is more essential today than ever before in the history of our nation. U.S. competitiveness in science and technology depends on strong math and science skills, and on opportunities that go beyond those offered at a typical high school.

Caltech president David Baltimore is excited about the new program. "Caltech is proud to co-sponsor the Research Science Institute on its campus in June 2004. RSI is a natural fit for us since Caltech is an institution that strongly supports and values student research. We look forward to our new partnership with the Center for Excellence in Education and the ability to serve many more young scholars."

Students can apply for RSI on line at http://www.cee.org/rsi. Application forms will be available starting November 15th at that site.

About the Center. CEE nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology for academically talented high school students and furthers international understanding among future leaders of the world. Co- founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann DiGennaro, President of the Center for Excellence in Education, the Center is nationally recognized for its programs: the Research Science Institute and the USA Biology Olympiad. Luminaries such as President Jimmy Carter, Senators Joseph Lieberman and Bill Frist, and former Secretary of Defense, Frank Carlucci, serve on the Center's Board.

CONTACT: Suraiya Farukhi, Vice President, Public Affairs, of the Center for Excellence in Education, +1-703-938-9062, ext. 229, sfarukhi@cee.org; or Jill Perry, Media Relations Director of Caltech, +1-626-395-3226, jperry@caltech.edu

Web site: http://www.cee.org/ http://www.cee.org/rsi
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