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Justin Holmgren

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto High School

Grade: Senior


Rock Band, casual tennis, eating lots of food, and learning (almost) anything math/science related


I am a member of my school's Math Club, engineering president of our Science Olympiad club, co-founder of our Computer Science Club, and a not-very-active member of our FIRST Robotics team.


USA Math Olympiad Qualifier, USA Computing Olympiad Silver Division, Caltech Signature Award, Yale Book Award, National Merit Finalist.


I was born in Summit, New Jersey on August 14, 1991, but I moved to Palo Alto, California when I was four. When I was a young kid, I wanted to be an inventor, and asked my poor dad every conceivable question about how things work and why various phenomena happen.

It didn't take too long for me to discover that mankind's collective knowledge of how the universe functions was far beyond what I could fathom, but I just tried to learn as much as I could. It took me longer to realize that there were also many, many formidable unsolved problems. As just one simple example, we know almost nothing about analyzing fluid dynamics in turbulent conditions.

If I have one regret about my high school life, its that I didn't seriously pursue intensive extracurricular academics until my junior year, when I studied contest math and qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad. After discovering how fun these olympiads were, I also took the Chemistry and Physics Olympiad tests. Apparently I qualified for Physics Camp, and I also qualified for the Chemistry National Exam.

I will probably be going to MIT this fall, but I'm also considering Caltech. At either place, I hope to participate in more academic competitions and scientific research. Although I don't find my previous example of fluid dynamics particularly interesting, I hope to research other topics in physics and computer science.

Anyways, I'm really excited about spending two weeks learning intensive physics, and I'm also looking forward to meeting all of the other physics campers.

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