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Jenny Lu

Traveling Team

Southbury, CT

Pomperaug High School

Grade: Senior


Piano, reading, listening to music, cooking


Debate Team, Math Team, National Honor Society, Harvard Model UN Team


2008 International Chemistry Olympiad Bronze Medalist, 2009 US Physics Team Member, 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement National Winner, 2010 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist, 2010 Connecticut Science Challenge 2nd Place, 2009 Research Science Institute, 2010 Proton Energy Scholarship Winner, 2010 National Merit Winner, 2010 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, USAMO (2008, 2010), 2008 USA Mathematical Talent Search Gold Medal, 2009 Math Prize for Girls 8th Place


Contrary to what I have heard about it, senior year has actually been quite busy for me! It has also been, at the same time, extremely rewarding and enjoyable.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to conduct research for the first time at the Research Science Institute. Going through the entire research process was a very valuable experience for me-and it has encouraged me to pursue a future in scientific research. I will attend Harvard this fall, where I hope to pursue an interdisciplinary concentration that combines physics, chemistry, and biology. I was just recently honored by Proton Energy Systems and the Hydrogen Education Foundation with the Proton Energy Scholarship, which will greatly help me fund for my college studies.

Since I completed the advanced math and science courses at my school last year, I've expanded my course load to encompass a wide variety of interests this year. AP Music Theory has proved to be quite a challenge, but I have found that the study of music composition to be so enlightening for me as a musician. I am also taking AP Literature, US History, Field Biology, Spanish, Practical Law, and independent studies in both math and physics.

Much of my interests beyond the world of academics were already discussed in my biography last year, and they haven't changed too much. I still practice the piano and listen to music whenever I have free time. I have also learned to cook much more than ramen, and I'm pretty happy to acquire that skill.

As for Physics Team-I am very excited to be a part of the team again this year! These past two years I have been able to explore physics to a much deeper level than I had ever imagined. I certainly learned a great deal at camp last year-and realized how much more there was for me to learn. Nonetheless, I have discovered that the more I delve into physics, the more I enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the subject.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and spending ten days immersed in physics!

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