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DoDEA students selected to attend the Research Science Institute

For Immediate Release — June 6, 2013 | HQ
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 6, 2013 — Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students are among 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students selected worldwide to attend the Research Science Institute (RSI) held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology beginning June 23rd through August 3rd.

These 80 students, among the most promising around the globe, will attend the RSI summer science and engineering program to combine on-campus work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.

Fred Lee

Fred Lee - Seoul

RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. (Source:

“The RSI program exposes students to real-world cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities,” said Kim Day, DoDEA Science Branch Chief.

The three DoDEA students attending RSI are: Fred Lee from Seoul American High School in South Korea; JonLuca Decaro from Vicenza High School in Italy; and Helena Harris from Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan.

“Fred Lee is every teacher's dream student. He is a student leader in the classroom by setting the standard of study, work, and creativity we wish all students had,” said Ms. Kathleen Reiss the Principal at Seoul American High School in Korea.

JonLuca Decaro

JonLuca DeCaro - Vicenza

“JonLuca DeCaro is an ideal candidate for the Research Science Institute because he has an unrivaled passion for science and technology and hopes to apply this passion to applicable research and global outreach,” according to Ms. Bernadine Camuso the Assistant Principal at Vicenza High School in Italy.

“Helena Harris is one of Kinnick High School’s Amazing Students. Helena is an exemplar for others, a strong leader, and an excellent choice for RSI. We are honored to have her represent our school and the Japan District,” said Ms. Emmalie Lee the Principal at Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan.

The RSI experience emphasizes the entire research cycle from start to finish. Participants read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings.

“The RSI program helps students truly understand how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can be applied to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Students leave the program with a deeper understanding of how STEM subjects are important to our country’s future success,” said Kim Day, Science Branch Chief.

Helena Harris

Helena Harris - Kinnick

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering OASD(R&E) is providing the funding for these students to travel.

To learn more about RSI visit the Center for Excellence in Education's website:

Students interested in applying to the RSI program in the future should contact their school principal to learn more about recommended courses and application deadlines.

DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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