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Stephen Face

Wilmington, DE

Charter School of Wilmington

Grade: Senior


Ultimate Frisbee, Cycling, Sailing, Tennis, Puzzle Solving, Model Rocketry, Video Games, Programming, Rubik's Cube


Math League, Science Olympiad, Academic Bowl, National Honor Society


U.S. Physics Team Semi-Finalist 2009, Math League Press, AMC12, AIME, Delaware Math League, Delaware Science Olympiad, Science Olympiad National Tournament, Academic Bowl Tournaments, American Chemical Society High School Chemistry Award, AP Scholar with Distinction


I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware-and to those who might ask "Dela-where?"- I can assure that it is indeed a state, albeit a "small wonder" as some would claim.

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the study of numbers, mathematics, and science. As a young child, my favorite book was The Way Things Work, which I would often stay up and read late into the night, along with various other books about physics, chemistry, astronomy, and electronics. My interest in learning about how the universe works is probably why I developed such a strong interest in physics and mathematics. I have always enjoyed exploring new questions to deeper levels-often to the point of exhaustion for the adults around me-and using Internet sites like Wikipedia and Wolfram MathWorld.

Having received a copy of Wolfram Mathematica as I entered high school, I have also developed a strong interest in computer programming and mathematical simulation of physics problems. I find the fields of discrete mathematics, non-linear dynamics, and chaos to be particularly fascinating. I am also very interested in learning more about new work going on in the fields of quantum computing and quantum information science.

Last summer, I was thrilled to be able to attend the five-week Canada/USA Mathcamp program held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. I enjoyed exploring a wide range of interesting courses on topics such as Discrete Math, Geometry, Real Analysis, and Physics Problem Solving. I particularly enjoyed classes taught by John Conway, the inventor of the Game of Life. We worked hard but also found plenty of time for fun activities such as hiking near Mt. Rainier, ocean kayaking, and visiting the Boeing factory.

I am very excited to be selected for the 2010 U.S. Physics Team and look forward to meeting all the members of the team at the training camp at the University of Maryland in a few weeks. The chance to work and study with such an interesting group of students who share my passion for physics and mathematics is very inspiring. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my teachers Charles Biehl, Mary Beth Coté, Cheryl Potocki, Anne Ray, Stephen Satalino, David Stover, and Nancy Yoder for encouraging and inspiring my interest in physics and mathematics.

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