S.-T. Yau High School Science Award
Karthik Seetharaman, a senior at Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI, is part of the high school team that has been awarded the regional gold medal for mathematics at the S.-T. Yau High School Science competition. The S.-T. Yau High School Science Award is a high school research competition founded by Professor Shing-Tung Yau of Harvard University. The competition accepts papers in the categories of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and economics.
Karthik and his teammates, William Yue of Phillips Academy Andover and Isaac Zhu of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, are part of the MIT PRIMES Research program. Their submission focused on the study of topology under the direction of Dr. Irving Dai of Stanford University, entitled Regularities in the Lattice Homology of Seifert Homology Spheres.
To reach this level, the team submitted a paper for judging by an advisory committee consisting of mathematics professors from Harvard University, Columbia University, and Stanford University, as well as Nobel Prize winners. The team’s paper was one of seven selected for the regional (USA) finals, in which the team delivered a 30-minute defense of their paper at Brandeis University. Karthik’s team tied for the regional gold medal for best paper in the USA and will represent the United States at the global finals in December 2021.
We are incredibly proud of the quality and depth of the mathematics presented by Karthik and his team. To have such a grasp of topological concepts, specifically those that are difficult to visualize, is genuinely impressive. It is an absolute pleasure to listen to Karthik share his knowledge and understanding of mathematics through presentations such as this or even informal discussions. Karthik serves as co-captain of the Mass Academy math team and programming team where he models for others how one can appreciate the beauty and joy that are found in mathematics.