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Center for Excellence in Education

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Technology, Youth Development

Mission: The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center’s mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among scientific and technological leaders in the global community.

Target demographics: high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Geographic areas served: United States and International

Programs: CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son attended RSI in 2020 and it was an amazing academic program with exposure to world class faculty and mentors, like-minded peers and challenging coursework. Thank you CEE!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son participated in RSI in 2019. It was a life changing experience for him; the research he did, the people he met and the friends he made had a profound and extremely positive impact. CEE is truly a world class organization that benefits both the young adults that participate in the program and their parents for years to come. We feel very lucky.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As parents of a RSI alumni, we truly appreciate the life-long impact The Research Science Institute (RSI) has brought to my child. Amazing program to nurture exceptional high school scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are very grateful.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a RSI alum, and the program has had a profound impact on my life far beyond the direct education I received at RSI.

The RSI program allows high school students come together to learn in an environment that is more expansive than is typically available in a high school classroom. Simply being exposed to peers who are similarly fascinated by science and math can be the biggest impact for many of the students. But the program also gives participants an opportunity to do real cutting-edge science, working with a mentor at the top of their field.

The impact of RSI does not end with the close of the summer. The alumni network has proven to be strong and dedicated to advancing not just fellow “Rickoids” (as participants are called), but society in general. Looking at my fellow alumni, Rickoids are not just pursuing STEM, they are leading some of the most interesting research out there. And those who don’t end up in STEM fields directly seem to be leading in other fields as well.

I proudly give annually to CEE based on my experience, and volunteer my time to support their programs. It’s just a great organization doing great things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the RSI program as a foreign student almost 30 years ago and I continue to benefit from the program through the incredible network of its alumni. RSI most profoundly affected my career and my personal life. It was a life-changing experience.

After earning a bachelor's degree in physics, I got into all of the top 5 physics graduate programs and in 4 years earned my doctorate from one of them. For the first half of my career I was a research scientist. More than 10 years ago I started a business which I am still running. CEE staff and the alumni network have been helpful to me during every step of my journey. They have supported me and have given me confidence to reach for the sky. They have also provided me with concrete tools, help and connections that I continue to leverage.

RSI alumni network is great! If you pose a question to the RSI alumni you are sure to get thoughtful expert advice on any topic - from deeply technical ones, to how to best spend your political donations or what restaurant to go to. Truly an incredible network.

CEE is one of the charities that my husband and I support every year and will continue to do so.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CEE is an incredible organization that has touched the lives of so many students. I attended the Research Science Institute myself, and I am immensely grateful to have had such a wonderful experience. At RSI, I had a chance to further explore my interests, develop my passion for science, and learn from my peers. Not only did RSI provide me with invaluable research opportunities and exposure to both academia and industry, but the community CEE creates at RSI is also incomparable. So many RSI alumni come back to the program year after year to help staff and give back to the program that has given them so much. Moreover, Ms. D and the staff at CEE truly work tirelessly, going above and beyond to support each and every student, current or alumnus. I owe so much to CEE — it is such a special and impactful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Research Science Institute in 1985, and it was an incredible experience. Way beyond reinforcing my desire to pursue STEM (computer science), the friendships and personal connections I made at RSI have lasted my entire life. I have had the great fortune to host several RSI students over the years, and their intelligence, curiosity, and work ethic has only reinforced my opinion of the Center and its programs.

I believe whole heartedly in the Center's mission and people, and I also volunteer my time to help it connect with its alumni.

2 Matthew T

Client Served

Rating: 5

CEE is an amazing organization which provided me with life-changing educational opportunities. Through their Research Science Institute (RSI) program, I had an incredible summer where I was exposed to the highest level of scientific rigor ever in my educational career. The dedicated professionals who give their time to organize and support every single one of CEE's programs should be greatly commended for the work they do to support some of the greatest academic opportunities for students. It is safe to say that CEE's RSI program was the first to give me a chance to develop my knowledge and passion for science, and is greatly responsible for my academic trajectory today. Without RSI, I would not have had so many of the opportunities I had following my participation. I am so grateful to RSI and CEE for giving me and other students such unique opportunities. CEE is truly an important and impactful organization.

MT
RSI '18

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thirty years ago I attended their program Research Science Institute (RSI) and then served as a counselor the following summer. The experience was transformative for my life and career. Thanks in part to the mentoring I received during those summers (about how to think about and communicate about scientific problems) I'm now a professor of physics at a major university. And over all this time I've kept in touch with my mentor from those summers as well as CEE staff and a number of other campers and counselors.

RSI can accommodate only a limited number of students who already have shown impressive science and math capabilities by junior year of high school. CEE realizes the importance of exposing many more students (including those who had fewer opportunities in school) to serious scientific thinking. Thus, CEE also runs a great program for school teachers, the Teacher Enrichment Program, which has reached thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of their students.

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Donor

Rating: 5

RSI is one of the last true meritocracies. They do not ask for any money from the students who apply and they offer life-changing experiences and an alumni network like no other. Their alumni go on to change the world in ways that benefit the whole world. Giving to RSI is money well spent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is with no exaggeration that I say CEE absolutely changed my life. I can’t even think of the words to thank them for everything they have done for me.
Growing up in the rural state of Kentucky, I had few opportunities to share my passion for research and worked by myself on most of my projects. I had low confidence in myself and my research and was ready to give up. But I will never forget the day I opened my RSI acceptance letter and I felt seen for the first time as a science researcher.
Since participating in RSI I have been awarded numerous international recognitions for my research, including the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at ISEF, none of which I would have even heard about if CEE hadn’t taken a chance on me. Not only did RSI give me valuable research skills, but they gave me the confidence to put my research into the world and keep on changing the world.
CEE values character and hard work above all else and I am sure that Admiral Rickover would be proud of the greatness they are inspiring in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

RSI'88 was quite simply a transformative experience during my high school years. Even now after more than 3 decades, I look back on my summer at RSI with great joy and affection. And this was all possible due to the vision of Admiral Rickover that has been most ably brought to life by Mrs. D And her staff who work tirelessly to promote excellence in STEM for countless young generations. RSI also builds a great network of individuals who stay connected far after the event and continue to be thought leaders and influencers in so many spheres of life. RSI is truly one of a kind and incredibly special, and I count my summer with RSI as one of the major milestones of my life!

6 Pete C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

RSI dramatically improved my life. This is a wonderful charity and I can't recommend it highly enough.
I grew up in a Hillbilly elegy sort of place, and went on to earn degrees from two elite colleges and start two companies with an MIT professor. More importantly, my whole career has been grounded in scientific rigor and aligning academic theory with real world business problems. This lodestar has kept me sane in spite of the unkind vicissitudes of corporate life.
None of this would have happened without RSI. Being admitted to RSI was, beyond a doubt, the luckiest break of my (so far) very lucky life.

5 Bonnie S.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of being an alumnus of the RSI (Research Science Institute) program, run by the Center of Excellence in Education (CEE). It is a unique organization, with the amazing and much-needed mission of popularizing STEM education and careers amongst our youth.

The impact CEE has made on my life cannot be summarized in a short review. However, I do wish to emphasize the following:

1. If there is one word that summarizes the essence of CEE, it is 'Merit'. CEE goes out of its way to support meritorious students, no matter their country, origin, income level. Getting into a CEE program is extremely difficult but tremendously rewarding.

2. CEE programs make a life-long impact. CEE supports its alumni in their choice of college, their onward career, their research and their continued involvement in mentoring future generations.

3. The relationships you build during the short duration of a CEE program stay with you forever. Think like-minded, super intelligent people, out to make a difference. It's 'Mensa on steroids' ! (I'm exaggerating a bit, but just a bit)

4. The organization is very well run. It has a caring, selfless attitude. No corners are cut, no hidden fees charged from students. The programs are top-notch in their quality and impact.

Organizations like CEE deserve our respect, effort, attention, resources.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that works to empower tomorrow's scientists and researchers. I've had experience with the Research Science Institute 2020 as a scholar. This was one of the best experiences of my academic and social life to this day!

Truly love what they do and looking forward to giving back in the future.

Ishan Khare
RSI '20

7 Yunseo C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Could not have had a better summer!

Can't wait to give back what I can to the RSI community in the future. :)

YC
Rsi '20

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CEE's RSI program was a life-changing experience for me, and a stepping stone to MIT. Over three decades later, the wonderful people running CEE still care about everyone who ever passed through their programs, and gave me career help.

-J.S. RSI class of 1988

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Corrupt and lying organization.

They work with international partnering companies that let people pay for their educational opportunities, but yet state that they work on a merit-based application. Lies!!!

They have immoral and unethical partnerships and practices with their RSI program that is scamming people in China who are paying money to an agent, but have no chance to get into the program. People are losing thousands of dollars due to their lies and money hungry partnerships.

They are an embarrassment to American education institutes!

Review from Guidestar

10 Mark101

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the first year of the program, in 1984. The Center's Research Science Institute program has made a big difference in my career path. I believe strongly in this program, and have personally donated more than $50,000 to the Center's endowment.