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Mass. Academy Student Selected for Prestigious Caltech Program

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Karen Buch of Westborough, Mass., a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI, will spend 10 weeks this summer at California Institute of Technology's Center for Research on Parallel Computation. Only four high school students from across the country were selected to participate in the center's Physics 11 program, which is designed for individuals interested in original problems that cannot be looked up in a reference book. They will be joined by several Caltech freshmen who were chosen on the basis of an open competition. Applicants were required to complete two "hurdles" (open-ended questions); judges selected the participants on the basis of their responses. High school winners receive a $3,000 stipend and expenses. Buch will take a course at Caltech, solve a problem, and complete individual research under the guidance of a mentor from the university. Mass. Academy senior Jacob Gagnon of Shrewsbury, Mass., took part in the program last summer.

Established in 1992 by the Massachusetts Legislature, the academy is a public high school on the WPI campus for students in grades 11 and 12 with exceptionally high aptitude in mathematics and science.