January 9, 2023
The World Science Scholars (WSS) program, an initiative of the World Science Festival, has announced its newest and largest class, with 55 young Scholars from 13 countries. These exceptionally talented mathematical minds will have an unparalleled opportunity to apply their abilities to unexplored disciplines.
Led by world-renowned experts, Scholars examine the ways that advanced mathematics skills can be applied to solve complex challenges in a wide range of multidisciplinary fields.
One of our very own BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Bobcats, Maggie Peng, Class of 2024, has been selected as a World Science Scholar.
Maggie will begin a year-long journey of learning and discovery with WSS faculty, including Nobel and Breakthrough Prize winners, best-selling authors, and experts working at the cutting edge of their fields.
They will take advanced, self-paced courses with interactive demonstrations, exercises, discussions, and video lectures. They will collaborate on projects, attend virtual lab tours, and have the unique opportunity to interact directly with these unmatched experts and teaching fellows through riveting lectures and live virtual discussions. Maggie will also join a vibrant and supportive online community that encourages discussion, debate, and collaboration among the students, enabling them to forge lifelong connections with their peers.
We sat down with Maggie to ask her a few questions about her experience.
Congratulations on this amazing achievement! What made you want to apply?
I found WSS after watching a few of Dr. Brian Greene’s publicly available lectures and getting interested in his research. World Science Scholars not only covered what he teaches but also incorporates lectures from other university professors. I applied because I wanted to broaden my horizons and learn about more advanced topics that are not covered at the high school level.
What was the application process like for you?
The process of applying was relatively simple: there are three forms to fill out; one for you, one for a parent, and one for a teacher. It focuses a lot on your interests and achievements in mathematics. I would encourage any of my peers who are interested in applying to go for it!
What are you most excited about?
When I first heard about WSS, I was mainly interested in the range of STEM subjects they covered. Right now I’m just excited to keep taking more courses and learning! There are many STEM subfields out there that I’ve yet to become acquainted with and I’m excited about the exposure this program will give me.
What would you tell other students interested in applying?
I would tell them that there is a good amount of time required to keep up with the coursework. It’s not overbearing in my schedule, but I do spend a lot of time studying. If you are a dedicated student with strong organizational skills it’s the perfect program for you.
Congratulations again Maggie, we are so proud of you!
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is a TK – Grade 12 private school, providing students an internationally benchmarked liberal arts and sciences curriculum, with advanced STEM offerings.