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The Archimedes Award

The Class of 2016 Archimedes Award STEM Scholars

For the Class of 2016, the Next Generation Initiative’s Archimedes Awards has been expanded to include an award recognizing outstanding students coming from Greece to pursue STEM studies at U.S. universities — in addition to the original award created by Dr. Andrew Economos, recognizing outstanding Greek American students pursuing STEM studies. Of the 30 Next Generation STEM Scholars recognized for their academic excellence by an elite group of distinguished scientists and educators, the top Archimedes Award honors for 2016 are going to Caltech-bound Dessie Ann DiMino from New York, and the first Archimedes winner from Greece, Alexander Dimitrakakis of Athens,...
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2016 Archimedes Award winner Dessie DiMino

Meet 2016 Archimedes Award winner Dessie DiMino

For the past two years she has been taking science courses at Columbia University, while taking a full load in high school, winning robotics competitions, applying for a patent on a system that uses 3D printing technology to grow skin grafts for burn victims — while teaching young girls to code, performing classical piano in recitals and leading her fencing team to championships. Meet Dessie Ann DiMino, winner of the 2016 Archimedes Award, and a four-year scholarship that she is taking with her to Caltech in September, where she will be majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Robotics...
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2016 Archimedes Award Winner Alexander Dimitrikakis

Meet 2016 Archimedes Award winner Alexander Dimitrakakis

Who would you put your money on? A gifted high school student, armed only with his passion for pursuing knowledge and advancing science? Or the government bureaucracy he was willing to take on all by himself? Meet Alexander Dimitrakakis — the first winner from Greece of the Next Generation Initiative’s Archimedes Award, who will be taking a four-year scholarship with him to MIT in September, where he will be majoring in in Biomedical Engineering.
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Eleni Antoniadou

28-year-old biotech start-up founder Eleni Antoniadou aims to change medicine forever

One of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Eleni Antoniadou is chasing one of the holy grails of biotechnology: creating organs in the lab for use as life-saving transplants. First, though, the 28-year-old start-up co-founder is focused on finishing her PhD — and helping NASA prepare for a mission to Mars. “A few years ago, when I first talked about creating artificial tissue and neurons, people were shocked at the suggestion, believing it to be the stuff of science fiction,” says Antoniadou. But that hasn’t deterred her. “If you don’t chase your dreams, you will never get a hold of them.”
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Yannis Pitsiladis

Marathon man Yannis Pitsiladis, and his quest for the extraordinary

Scientist Yannis Pitsiladis is on a high-energy one-man quest to redefine the limits of human endurance, by training a man to run a marathon in less than two hours, without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. His frenetic quest to extend the limits of human possibility, and his provocative ideas for how to get there, are raising eyebrows — but they could lead to unprecedented breakthroughs that go way beyond sports.
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Asimina Arvanitaki

Asimina Arvanitaki, the 36-year-old ‘Greek Einstein’ on the cutting edge of research in supersymmetry, dark matter, and extra dimensions

In an amazing story that connects an ancient Greek philosopher with a modern day genius, and the philanthropic legacy of a world-famous Greek shipping magnate with the Greek-Canadian creator of the Blackberry, a young Greek woman who has been called a “superstar” in the world of theoretical physics for her novel research approach to dark matter and more, is now an $8 million professor. “All I can say, as someone who comes from a small village in Greece, this is something I never dreamed of,” says 36-year-old Asimina Arvanitaki, who becomes the first woman to hold a research chair at the...
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Peter Diamandis

Looking for modern-day heroes: XPRIZE’s Peter Diamandis calls on the next generation

Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE, announced a new challenge this week — and the Next Generation Initiative is working with him to find a few Greek American heroes willing to accept his latest challenge through HeroX. “Innovation is as Greek as democracy or philosophy, says Diamandis. “Which is why I am particularly proud to challenge you — my fellow Greek Americans, and especially young Greek Americans — to uphold that tradition, make your own breakthroughs, and become the next generation of heroes.”
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Why internships are crucial to launching a career: Part I

Internships are increasingly the only way for new applicants to get their foot in the door at some companies, writes Jeff Selingo, author of “There Is Life After College.” Today’s employers are hiring nearly 50 percent of the interns who had worked for them before they graduated. In large companies, that number is closer to 75 percent. This represents a massive shift in how college graduates launch their careers.
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