Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for academically talented high school and college students. CEE encourages collaboration between and among leaders of the world. CEE’s programs challenge students and assist them on a long-term basis to become creators, inventors, scientists and leaders of the 21st century. CEE’s programs are made possible by individuals, foundations, corporations, governmental agencies, and by scholars who contribute their time and experience to CEE. CEE's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to encourage international collaboration between and among leaders in the global community.
The Center sponsors three programs: the Research Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). RSI alumni represent six continents, and CEE program alumni travel as guests of foreign nations and educational organizations to promote mutual understanding in the global world.
Research Science Institute:
Each summer, 80 high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). 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. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They 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. 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. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
The Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is available cost-free to science teachers as well as teachers of humanities who are interested in broadening the perspective of science in their classroom. TEP helps to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life sciences education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. After two rounds of challenging exams, twenty Finalists are invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University. Ultimately, four students earn the right to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from roughly sixty countries.