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Accolades for Max Difazio '18 and Jerry Chen '18
Accolades for Max Difazio '18 and Jerry Chen '18

Congratulations to Max Difazio '18, who was accepted into the New Jersey Governor's STEM Scholars program. This highly selective program accepts student leaders who are interested in STEM, and introduces them to STEM initiatives across all sectors in New Jersey – academia, industry, and government. Max was accepted as one of 77 Scholars from over 600 applicants. Over the coming year, Max's Princeton-based team will work to fabricate a pulsed laser diode used in the study of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. This past summer, Max was accepted into the Princeton University Laboratory Learning Program, a program in which high school students conduct research under the mentorship of Princeton faculty. Max was selected from more than 700 applicants for one of 36 positions. He also managed to find time to stage manage "She Kills Monsters" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Congratulations also to Jerry Chen '18, who was accepted into the Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at the Rutgers University School of Engineering this past summer. At this tuition-free four-week program, Jerry had the opportunity to take academic classes, complete an intensive research project in a small group of students, go on visits to local corporations, and meet talented peers and professionals from across the state. As a result of Jerry's participation in this program, the School just learned that the research paper Jerry and his fellow students submitted to the MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference was accepted for presentation at the 2017 Conference. Jerry will be attending the conference in November on the MIT campus to present the paper, titled "Analysis and Construction of a Bipedal Walking Robot."

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