Was it all those straight “A”s in high school? The “5”s on her AP exams? The multiple Science Olympiad medals? Her passion for theoretical mathematics and particle physics? Or her impressive work ethic?
It was all of the above, for Yeorgia Kafkoulis, the winner of the first Archimedes Award, a new scholarship established by Dr. Andrew Economos through the Next Generation Initiative, for outstanding Hellenic American students pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related fields. The daughter of two immigrant parents who traveled to the U.S. for their graduate educations, Ms. Kafkoulis says, “From their journey, I have learned that perseverance, passion and honesty must light my own journey.” Even though this talented young scientist won the highest recognition from the selection committee in the end, the rest of the field competing for this year’s Award was impressive. “We were amazed by the sheer quality of the applicants,” says the Initiative’s Leon Stavrou. “It is just incredible, the bright and talented young men and women we have in our community, all over this country.” “Able, accomplished, and intelligent — an astonishing group,” says Dr. Economos, of the Archimedes Award candidates. “Now we can sit back and wait for the Nobel Prizes to roll in!”
Yeorgia Kafkoulis — a graduating high school senior from Miami, Florida and daughter of immigrants, who is on her way to Caltech in September, where she will be majoring in mathematics and physics — will be taking with her the Next Generation Initiative’s 2015 Archimedes Award. Read more at: hellenext.org