Students in the World Science Scholars program currently hail from across the United States and 30 additional countries. In addition to their passion for mathematics, scholars’ interests range from neuroscience and bioinformatics to machine learning and nanotechnology to astrophysics and climate change. By participating in the program, scholars are able to expand their knowledge in these areas and others. With such dedication to a wide array of interests, it’s no surprise that scholars are so accomplished, both in school and their extracurricular activities.


Sabrina (WSS ‘22), from New York, is a Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholar and a writer-activist who represented the USA to speak out against climate injustice and performed her poetry at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). She is the recipient of the 2022 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Biden, a candidate for the 2023 US Presidential Scholars Program, and the winner of the Civic Expression Award and 9 national medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Watch a News12 feature  of Sabrina fighting anti-Asian hate, a Disney profile on her COVID-relief efforts, and read a Point of Light interview about her girl’s empowerment work as the Founder and CEO of Girl Pride International.

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Monica (WSS ‘21) is an aspiring mathematician and physicist from Cambodia and an incoming math major in Princeton's class of 2027. Through her work as a BeyondResearch scholar and in a range of extracurricular programs and passion projects, she is exploring her passions across math, physics, CS/AI, philosophy and STEM pedagogy. Having faced the lack of representation of scientists who share her background, she hopes her pursuits can pave the way for other Cambodians and help advance STEM education in her country. Academics aside, she enjoys reading, strength-training, graphic design, and seeks out spontaneity and exploration.


María (WSS ‘21) is the youngest role model in Science and Innovation as a mathematician and researcher by the Spain Government. She was a recipient of the ‘Best STEM Student in Spain’ award, a BeyondResearch Scholar, a participant at the STEM Education Wing by G100 All Ladies League and Women Economic Forum, and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Ambassador.

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Chigozirim (WSS ‘21), is passionate about expanding the scope of human knowledge through scientific research. She has devised solutions to interdisciplinary problems through AMNH's Brown Scholars Program, the Quantitative Translational Imaging in Medicine Lab, and Columbia University's Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lab. Having served as a National Jr. Ambassador of the National Society of Black Engineers, Chigozirim also hopes to make engineering opportunities more accessible to minority communities.


Rushank (WSS ‘21), an incoming freshman at Stanford from India, is a published researcher interested in the intersection of AI and the life sciences. An aspiring science communicator, he co-hosts the Wolfram Student Podcast and conducts STEM-related events in his city. In his free time, he loves playing badminton, hiking, and practicing stand-up comedy.


Kamran (WSS ‘20), from California, developed an affordable neuromodulation device, FluxWear SHIFT, to help alleviate chronic pain in people for whom other treatment methods are ineffective. The first user of FluxWear was Kamran's sister Nadia, who suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, but Kamran has since shipped thousands of units of SHIFT. He has been granted a patent for FluxWear, is working with doctors and medical facilities to improve the device and make it effective for a wider range of patients, and has lectured about his product and the FluxWear business at universities in California.

 Applications for the 2024 cohort of World Science Scholars are now closed. Please check back in in the fall for information about applying to the 2025 cohort.
World Science Scholars is a program of the World Science Festival.

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