Students

Bhaskar Abhiraman

Bhaskar Abhiraman

Designing a sustainable world is the challenge of our generation. VIPER is an amazing way to start a career thinking about the cutting-edge tech to make it happen.

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Natalia Acero

Natalia Acero

My biggest passion has always been renewable energy, especially solar energy. Being part of VIPER gave me a place of belonging and a group of friends with whom I could share this passion. I knew I would be surrounded with people who are interested…

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Jiwon Avery Bang

Jiwon Avery Bang

Jiwon Avery Bang was born in Seoul and raised in Michigan. She graduated from Okemos High School as part of the class of 2015. Currently, she plans on majoring in Physics and Electrical Engineering and wants to research making solar energy more…

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Francisco Barrera

Francisco Barrera

Although I wasn’t really sure exactly what field of S.T.E.M. I wanted to go into when I was choosing between colleges/universities to attend, it was important to me that, whatever I ended up doing, I study something which would help me make a…

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Vignesh Bhethanabotla

Vignesh Bhethanabotla

Vignesh Bhethanabotla is from Tampa, Florida.  He graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at C. Leon King High School.  In high school, he worked at the University of South Florida on research in the area of…

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Andrew Chae

I chose VIPER because of all the benefits it has for people that might go into research as a career (especially towards research in energy), from being a dual degree program to having guaranteed summer research. 

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Siddharth Challani

Siddharth Challani

Siddharth Challani is from East Windsor, New Jersey, and graduated from Hightstown High School in 2015. He has always been interested in sustainability and renewable energy, and became interested in research after spending the summer after his…

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Mavis Athene U Chen

Mavis Athene U Chen

Mavis Athene U Chen is from Macau SAR. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student since sophomore year, and graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. She plans to major in Physics, as well as Chemical and Biomolecular…

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Kaiyuan Chen

Kaiyuan Chen

Growing up in a city notorious for its air pollution, I am always aware of the importance of preserving our environment and seeking new energy sources. With prior research experience on the correlation between haze and GDP in major Chinese cities, I…

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Hyuck Joo Choi

Hyuck Joo Choi

I was always interested in performing my own research before coming to Penn, and I felt that VIPER provided the best resources and support in achieving this.

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Cianán Conefrey-Shinozaki

Cianán Conefrey-Shinozaki

I chose VIPER because I believe in their vision of combining engineering principles with scientific research in order to solve some of Earth’s most pressing issues. Having the opportunity to study Physics and MSE seemed like a great way to get the…

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Felipe Contipelli

Felipe Contipelli

The interdisciplinary approach to sustainability provided by VIPER intrigued me. The program would allow me to study both physics and materials science, which I find to be fundamental fields in comprehending the underlying nature of energy efficient…

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Anirudh Cowlagi

Anirudh Cowlagi

My interests in energy research were largely sparked by summer trips to my grandparent's homes in sultry South India, and experiencing frequent power outages. My grandparents were, of course, used to it, but for a middle schooler from Michigan, it…

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Emmy Cunningham

Emmy Cunningham

Emmy Cunningham is from Dover, Massachusetts and graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School. She plans on studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry. Emmy first became interested in scientific research after studying silver…

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Alan Dai

Alan Dai

Alan Dai entered Penn in the fall of 2012 after graduating from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He is majoring in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He believes the VIPER program will foster his interests…

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Will Deo

Will Deo

Coming out of high school I knew that I was interested in academic research as well as the evolving energy field.  VIPER seemed to be a unique program that suited my interests in both of these areas with strong program support.  All of this made it…

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Sean M. Deresh

Sean Deresh

I chose VIPER because it focuses solely on energy: a pivotal issue in today’s developing society. I saw the potential in this program as it would hone my path towards my career in energy-related matters, all the while giving me the opportunity to…

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Mohamed Elshabrawishy

Mohamed Elshabrawishy

I chose VIPER because it allowed me to focus on what my true passion was from the very beginning. I have always been interested in renewable energy sources and sustainable development. Coming from Egypt, I have seen first-hand how conventional…

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Andy Eskenazi

Andy Eskenazi

Nothing works without energy. Our buses, our homes, our phones, our everything needs some form of energy in order to function. The world we live in today in the 21st century is truly unique in the sense that most of the power that we use comes from…

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Alice Fontaine

Alice Fontaine

I chose VIPER to acquire hands-on expertise in electronics engineering, nano-material science, and physics in a community of the most motivated students.

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Julia Fordham

Julia Fordham

Julia Fordham is from Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated from Los Alamos High School. She is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Science. Julia worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory during her high school career…

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Andreas Ghosh

Andreas Ghosh

Through VIPER, I hope to find meaningful solutions to the climate crisis while building my problem solving and research skills for graduate school.

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Emma Glasser

Emma Glasser

Emma Glasser is from Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Princeton High School. She plans on studying Materials Science and Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science. Emma developed an interest in sustainability after…

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Ben Hammel

Ben Hammel

I wanted to study both Chemistry and MSE. I have also been interested in energy research going back to science fair projects in middle school. VIPER offered everything I wanted. Naturally, I went with it.

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Matthew Hofmann

Matthew Hofmann

I thought that enriching my undergraduate degree with research would be the best way to take advantage of my education opportunities. I had never faced any research opportunities in high school, and the VIPER program seemed like a great on-ramp into…

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Zachery Iton

Zachery Iton

Zachery Iton is from the Caribbean island of Barbados and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from Harrison College. He is majoring in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. Zac chose to come to Penn and be part of the…

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Rabeel Jawaid

Rabeel Jawaid

Rabeel Jawaid is from Karachi, Pakistan. A graduate from the Karachi American School, he plans to complete his dual degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. During high school, Rabeel successfully initiated a project to install solar…

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Jason Jiang

Jason Jiang

In VIPER, I hoped to embrace “energy” as a central theme in my academic and professional goals. I have great resources in multiple departments for research and other academic support, as well as many peers to share experiences with and learn from.

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Zhiqiao (Kate) Jiang

Zhiqiao (Kate) Jiang

I was already interested in majoring in both Chemistry and MSE, and the dual-degree curriculum in VIPER sounded great to me. Plus, I'm interested in solar energy and solar cells, and VIPER provides a lot of opportunities and support for energy-…

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Radhika Katti

Radhika Katti

Radhika Katti was born and brought up in Fargo, North Dakota. She is majoring in Mathematics and Systems Science and Engineering. Through her last two years of high school, Radhika did research in organic chemistry pertaining to the development…

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Kyle Kersey

Kyle Kersey

Kyle Kersey is from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Louisville Collegiate School. He plans to major in Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Before coming to Penn, Kyle worked with the University of Louisville since his…

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Ashwin Koul

Ashwin Koul

VIPER was a great way to get involved in research early on and it provided the interdisciplinary education I was looking for. It is a unique program in that it allowed me to wholly pursue my interests in both engineering and biology.

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Nadia Kreciglowa

Nadia Kreciglowa

Nadia Kreciglowa is a first generation Polish-American. She graduated from Bristol Central High School in Connecticut, where she ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Nadia began her undergraduate studies in VIPER in fall 2014, and…

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James Kwon

James Kwon

James Kwon is from Harrington Park, New Jersey, but has been living in Seoul, Korea the past two years. He graduated from Korea International School. He has a keen interest in sustainable development and clean energy after serving an internship…

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Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee

I am interested in the applications of genetic engineering to sustainable energy. More specifically, increasing the efficiency and efficacy of biofuel productions. Currently, I am conducting research with the Bugaj lab in the Bioengineering…

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Asaph Lee

Asaph Lee

I chose VIPER because the program's vision dovetailed with my own. I've always had a sense of problem with how casually much of the world considers the impending energy crisis, and VIPER's dedication to providing each one of its students with energy…

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Bruce W. Lee

Bruce W. Lee

I spent most of my senior year at a quantum physics laboratory, building a low-cost cryogenic thermometer to replace $3000 lab machines. The research really was at the intersection of physics and computers, and the research became one of my most…

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Emma Li

Emma Li

Growing up, I have always loved nature and I was aware of the detrimental effects that our current fossil fuel use has on the environment. Therefore, throughout high school I conducted research on both renewable and nonrenewable energy. During the…

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Drew Lilley

Drew Lilley

Drew Lilley is from Chatham, New Jersey, and graduated from Chatham High School. Drew developed a strong interest in alternative energy at the beginning of his high school career, and spent the next four years researching and developing…

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David (Jin Soo) Lim

David (Jin Soo) Lim

David (Jin Soo) Lim is from Sellersville, Pennsylvania (born in Incheon, South Korea) and entered Penn in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Phillips Academy Andover. He is majoring in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.…

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Richard Ling

Richard Ling

Richard Ling is from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and was born in Riverside, California. He entered Penn in 2016 after graduating from Abington Heights High School. Majoring in Systems Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science (…

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Connor Lippincott

Connor Lippincott

Connor Lippincott is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He entered Penn in the fall of 2012 and is majoring in Environmental Science and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His passion for the sciences in high school led him to look for…

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Nikita Lisenko

Nikita Lisenko

Nikita Lisenko is from Uzbekistan, where he graduated from Tashkent International School. He entered Penn in 2013 and is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. Nikita seeks to work at the frontiers of alternative energy…

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Eric Lu

Eric Lu (not pictured) is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Physics. He believes that alternative energy generation and storage are important areas of study and that VIPER is the best match for his research interests.…

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Jaron Ma

Jaron Ma

Jaron Ma graduated from Parkway West High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Science. He believes that new energy sources and infrastructure will be vital to uphold the standard…

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Caroline Magdolen

Caroline Magdolen

The summer before my senior year, I did the Summer STEM program at the Cooper Union and I was introduced to novel ways to harvest human energy, like piezoelectric materials and energy-generating revolving doors. It fascinates me that something as…

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Rishabh (Rishu) Mohanka

Rishabh (Rishu) Mohanka

I chose VIPER because it gave me a structured way to complete the majors and wide variety of classes I wanted to take while also giving me access to research and advisors I would not have otherwise.

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Jonathan Mui

Jonathan Mui

In high school, I conducted research on sodium-ion batteries through a program that allowed students to research any topic for three years. Looking at different colleges, I found the VIPER program which was a perfect fit for me since it was research…

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Gautam Nagaraj

Gautam Nagaraj (not pictured) is from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from the William Penn Charter School. He is majoring in Earth Science/Geology and Mechanical Engineering. Excited to…

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Andrew Nyholm

Andrew Nyholm

Andrew Nyholm is from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 2016. Growing up surrounded by a nature preserve, he has always had a passion for the environment and sustainability. He became…

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Deborah Oh

Deborah Oh (not pictured) is from La Canada, California, where she graduated from La Canada High School. She plans to major in Electrical Engineering and Biology, under the VIPER program. Her experiences with environmental volunteering in high…

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Damian Owerko

Damian Owerko

Damian Owerko was born in Warsaw, but moved to England for his final two years of high school. He graduated with the class of 2016 at Sevenoaks School. While he was always interested in alternate energy sources, his desire to do research…

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Akaash Padmanabha

Akaash Padmanabha

To me, VIPER was an opportunity to apply my knowledge through energy research and surround myself with a small group of extremely passionate students and faculty.

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Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel is from Stony Brook, New York and graduated from Ward Melville High School. He plans to major in chemical engineering and physics. During high school, Roshan worked in developing new materials to mitigate catalyst poisoning in…

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Vishesh Patel

Vishesh Patel

My research experience during my time in High School, where I explored the overlaps between Electromagnetism and Renewable Energy, as well as my time at Model United Nations, debating the energy crisis sparked my interest in both energy search and…

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Trevor Pennypacker

Trevor Pennypacker

I joined so I wouldn’t have to choose between science and engineering- I could study both, right from the start.

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Yann Pfitzer

Yann Pfitzer

Yann Pfitzer is from Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated from the Ecole Moser with a French/German bilingual diploma and a concentration in Physics and applied Math. Yann plans to major in Environmental Science and Materials Science and…

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George Popov

George Popov

VIPER was the perfect way to follow both my passion for physics and my interest in mechanical engineering, and it also allowed for me to expand upon my past research experiences. I knew that it would prepare me very well for the present and future…

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Alexander Proschel

Alexander Proschel is from Pittsford, New York, and graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School. He intends on studying Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. He worked at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), a research…

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Justin Qian

Justin Qian (not pictured) is from Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and entered the VIPER program majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry. His interest in renewable…

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Trisha Ramadoss

Trisha Ramadoss

Trisha Ramadoss is from Tampa, Florida. She joined Penn after graduating from the International Baccalaureate program at C. Leon King High School. Trisha is majoring in Electrical Engineering as well as Physics. She has an avid interest in…

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Abhinav Ramkumar

Abhinav Ramkumar

The VIPER program is truly a one of a kind, immersive and enriching experience. I would say the primary reason this program stood out to me when I was applying to college was the ability to study both the basic and applied sciences, while being able…

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Adam Richter

Adam Richter

I joined VIPER because it blends my strong inclination for energy conservation with my interests in the sciences, engineering, and research.

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Cal Rothkrug

Cal Rothkrug

I wanted the opportunity to pursue an engineering degree while building a strong theoretical background in math, all with the intent of directing the intersection of these fields towards a career in the energy sector, as well as allowing me to…

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Connor Shu

Connor Shu

With a software engineer father and CS professor mother, I've been immersed in computer science-related fields since a young age. I loved it, but at the same time, I also felt a magnetic attraction to topics like physics and chemistry. However,…

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Chris Stanczak

Chris Stanczak

Chris Stanczak is from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Upper Darby High School as part of the class of 2016. He always has been interested in engineering and the physical sciences, which led him to pursue dual degrees through…

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Zach Stillman

Zach Stillman (not pictured) hails from Plantation, Florida, and became a part of the VIPER class of 2017 after graduating from David Posnack Jewish Day School. Zach's high school research relating to bio-diesel fuels in high school inspired…

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Mohammed Suleiman

Mohammed Suleiman

Growing up in Saudi Arabia opened my eyes to the untapped potential of solar power. A future where the vast empty deserts are covered with photovoltaics quickly grabbed my interest; however, with that thought comes many limitations, and they are…

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Robert Tannenbaum

Robert Tannenbaum

Robert Tannenbaum is from Melville, NY and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from Half Hollow Hills High School East. He is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry. Robert worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic…

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Duytam Vu

Duytam Vu

I chose VIPER because I wanted to pursue renewable energy research. To me, VIPER was the best chance for me to get exposed to this field as the small size of the program could give me access to an education tailored to my interests.

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Dakota Wallach

Dakota Wallach

Dakota Wallach is from Medford, New Jersey. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 2016. He plans on studying Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In the summer of his junior year in high school, Dakota worked at Penn in…

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Carol Wang

Carol Wang

Carol Wang is a Chemistry fanatic who hails from North Allegheny Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as Chemistry. Carol became interested in energy research after…

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Michelle White

Michelle White

I chose VIPER because of the invaluable research opportunities it provides its students and because of its focus on developing novel energy approaches, which the future desperately needs. .

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Zachary Whitlock

Zachary Whitlock is from Washington DC, and graduated from the Edmund Burke High School. He plans on majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. During high school, he worked at the Carnegie Institution for the Advancement of…

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Albert Xiao

Albert Xiao

Albert Xiao is from Berkeley, California, a place he proclaims as the best place on earth. Albert graduated from Albany High School in Albany, California, and in the fall of 2012, he matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania. Albert is…

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Nathan Xu

Nathan Xu

Nathan Xu is from Pittsford, New York. He graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School and entered the VIPER program with the intent to major in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. His interest in renewable energy was…

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Yifan Xu

Yifan Xu

Yifan Xu is from Nanjing, China. He entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after he graduated from Jiangsu Tianyi High School. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He finds the VIPER program to be a perfect match for him because he…

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Luka Yancopoulos

Luka Yancopoulos

Luka Yancopoulos is from Yorktown Heights, New York. He entered VIPER with the intent to major in Bioengineering and Earth and Environmental Science. Luka always has been interested in the environment: his work with Turneffe Atoll Marine…

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Yide Zhao

Yide Zhao

VIPER benefits a lot from Penn's one school policy where I get the chance to be involved in many different schools at Penn. More specifically, the emphasis on research resonates with my interests and future career goals.

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William (Yu Ren) Zhou

William (Yu Ren) Zhou (not pictured) is from Vancouver, Canada. He joined Penn after graduating from Britannia Secondary School. He is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Physics. For his Grade 12 science fair project,…

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Ming Zou

Ming Zou

Hometown Queens, NY   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering   Research Interests Currently, I'm looking into research…

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