Steven J. Byrnes
Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA
I enjoy singing in several school music groups, acting in school musicals, playing piano, running cross country, and participating in my school’s debate club
1st place winner of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition, Intel Science Talent Search, Siemens AP award, National Latin Exam, Member of 2002 U.S. Physics Team
I have lived in Lexington, MA all my life. In sixth grade, I got hooked on math, and started independently reading and doing math. I kept up the habit, and it has led me to considerable success in math. I have won many math contests, including the USA Math Olympiad (I was top 12 last year). Last summer, at the Research Science Institute summer program at MIT, I started a math project which I continued to work on in the late summer and early fall. With this project, I placed first in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition (winning a $100,000 scholarship), and was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.
I became interested in physics in ninth grade, when a teacher at my school (a former U.S. Physics Team member himself), lent me a book of olympiad-level physics problems and a college physics textbook. The next year, while I was taking my school’s sophomore physics course, I studied independently to take the AP Physics C exam, and was a New England Champion in the Physics Bowl. The physics I have learned since then has come both from further independent study and from the 2002 U.S. Physics Team Training Camp (where I won a scholarship for being chosen as one of the top five). I really enjoyed the Camp and the friends I made there, and I am looking forward to going again this year.
I also won a Siemens AP award and three gold metals on the National Latin Exam. In addition, I enjoy singing in several school music groups, acting in school musicals, playing piano, running cross country, and participating in my school’s debate club. Next year, I will go to Harvard.