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Yewon Lee chosen for Emmy Noether Awards, worth $25K

MADISON – Yewon Lee, a graduating senior at James Clemens High School, has been named a Silver Medalist with the 2022 Emmy Noether Awards.

As a Silver Medalist, Lee will be awarded $25,000 upon entrance into a graduate-level research program, and she was inducted as a 2022 Emmy Noether Scholar. Other Silver Medalists from Alabama are Catherine Kung, Indian Springs School in Indian Springs; Sanjana Mupparaju, Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile; and M. Claire Sykes, Auburn High School in Auburn.

Three of the remaining 2022 Emmy Noether scholars live in Louisiana and two are Mississippi residents. The first-place Gold Medalist, Ashini Modi from Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, La., will receive $75,000 ($25,000 during three school years).

The Community Foundation of Acadiana and Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation announced the 2022 honorees. Emmy Noether was an accomplished mathematician, known for her mastery of the discipline.

The 2022 Emmy Noether Scholars aspire to become leaders in STEM research careers. These prestigious students are working to become astrophysicists, biological engineers, chemists, mechanical engineers, environmental engineers, computer engineers, physicians and scientists.

These scholars will join a network of young women who are aspiring research scientists. They will be offered information on internship and networking opportunities. 2022 marks the sixth year for Emmy Noether Awards.

In 2022, the Emmy Noether Scholar’s average ACT score was 34.9 with a grade point average of 4.0 (on a 4.0 scale). These scholars will attend an array of universities, including Harvard, Vanderbilt and Brown universities; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Louisiana Tech University.

The Acadiana and Brown Foundations held an award ceremony on June 4 for the honorees and their families at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center in New Orleans, La.

An academic standout, Lee ranked in top places for Medical Math in HOSA Virtual State Leadership Conference; 2021 Alabama State Science Olympiad; The Center for Excellence in Education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; named U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist; and numerous extra-curricular and martial arts commendations.

Acadiana foundation’s core purpose is to build legacies and improve communities by connecting generous people to their causes. Based in Lafayette, La., the foundation has realized more than $336 million in philanthropic activities since its inception in 2000. This foundation is the third largest community organization in Louisiana.

The Brown Foundation works to alleviate human suffering. Based in Metairie, La., the Brown Foundation primarily serves the Gulf South but also supports quality programs throughout the United States. They believe in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and developing new treatments for the sick. For more information, visit cfacadiana.org.

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