美国精英教育中心CEE (Center for Excellence in Education,官网 是由已故的美国核海军之父,美国海军五星上将H. G. Rickover和总裁Joann Di Gennaro在1983年共同创立的。当时,美国的两位前总统(尼克松、福特)和现任总统(卡特)同时参加了董事会,这在美国历史上由三任总统同时出面支持一个非盈利组织还是第一次(卡特总统至今还在董事会上)。CEE的使命就是培养杰出高中生成为科学技术领域的精英和领导者。CEE的资金来源是由私人与企业捐助及政府机构拨款组成。

CEE (Center for Excellence in Education, official website was founded by the late Admiral H. G. Rickover, Father of the nuclear navy and of civilian uses of nuclear power, and President Joann DiGennaro in 1983. At that time, the two former US presidents (Nixon, Ford) and the current president (Carter) participated in the board, which is the first time in the history of the United States that three presidents came forward to support a non-profit organization at the same time (President Carter is still on the Board). CEE’s mission is to cultivate outstanding high school students to become the elite and leaders in science and technology. CEE is financed by private and corporate donations and government grants.


1984年CEE与麻省理工合作创立了CEE的科学研究所 (Research Science Institute,简称 RSI)。CEE的科学研究所每年从20000个高中生中选出80个精英学生——其中50个来自美国,30个来自世界各地。

In 1984 CEE and MIT co-founded the CEE Institute of Science (Research Science Institute, referred to as RSI). CEE’s Institute of Science annually selects 80 elite students from 20,000 high school students - 50 of them from the United States and 30 from all over the world.








  • •   RSI学生拥有着所在国家最顶尖的(前1%)的学术研究能力。
  • •   RSI学生在本国和国际奥林匹克学术竞赛中占获奖人员的显著席位。
  • •   相比来自任何其他全球项目的学生,RSI校友获得过更多的英特尔少年科学天才奖、英特尔国际工程与科学大奖。
  • •   众多RSI校友获得菲尔兹奖(Fields Metal)、罗德奖(Rhodes Scholarship)、马歇尔奖(Marshall Scholarship)。


RSI alumni are the world’s most accomplished high school students:

  • •    RSI students have top (1%) academic research capabilities in their country.
  • •    RSI students hold a significant seat in the national and international Olympiad academic competitions.
  • •    Compared to students from any other global program, RSI alumni have received more awards from Intel Science and Technology Talents, Intel International Engineering and Science Awards.
  • •    Numerous RSI alumni have won Fields Metal, Rhodes Scholarship, and Marshall Scholarship.




中国RSI校友(RSI Alumni in China)

2004年,RSI被第一次引进到上海,从2004到2013年,在中国只有2个名额,都来自于上海。2014年,美国普顿教育Jay Ding博士把RSI项目引进到深圳,由美国普顿教育挑选出两名优秀深圳高中学生,他们和上海的两位同学一起参加了RSI在MIT的6周研究活动。过去10年中参加RSI的许多中国天才少年被美国名校录取,具体录取情况如下:

In 2004, RSI was first introduced to Shanghai, from 2004 to 2013 there were only two slots in China, which were all from Shanghai. In 2014, Dr. Jay Ding introduced the RSI program to Shenzhen, where two outstanding Shenzhen high school students were selected by Princetonow Education. They participated in RSI’s six-week MIT research program with two other students from Shanghai. In the past 10 years many of China’s RSI talented teenagers were admitted to the US elite schools. The specific data is as follows:





CEE History

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H. G. Rickover, Father of the nuclear navy and of civilian uses of nuclear power, and Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE’s President. They recognized that nurturing careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology in young scholars was an essential investment in the United States national and global future. The Center’s programs help keep the United States competitive in science and technology and further international collaboration among leaders of the world. CEE challenges students and assists them on a long-term basis to become the creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century.

Funding for the Center for Excellence in Education began with $250 received by Admiral Rickover for a university lecture. The Admiral and Ms. DiGennaro met with educators around the world to create a unique educational experience for students of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Research Science Institute (RSI) was launched in 1984. The program is collaboratively sponsored with MIT.

In 2002, CEE launched the USA Biology Olympiad, the premier competition in biology for high school students. While the USA has for many years participated in academic Olympiads in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, the 2003 International Biology Olympiad (IBO) was the first time the U.S. fielded a national team at this level of competition.

The Center’s Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) helps to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  It focuses on best practices and resources as well as exposure to the breadth and depth of scientific discovery often not available to rural and urban high school teachers and their students.

RSI, USABO and TEP are free of cost to all participating scholars.

To most people, Admiral H.G. Rickover is best known as the father of the nuclear navy, but to anyone involved with CEE’s programs, Admiral Rickover is the father of the Research Science Institute (RSI), the nation’s premier science and mathematics program. The late Admiral H.G. Rickover emigrated from Poland to the US in 1900. He received his Engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1922. Following sea duty, Rickover earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He served in the Bureau of Ships during World War II. After the war, he was assigned to the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn. and later served with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

As Director of the Naval Reactor’s branch of the U.S. Navy, the Admiral developed the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, launched in 1955. In addition to establishing his own graduate schools for nuclear engineering studies and writing several books on education, the Admiral was awarded the Congressional Medal for exceptional public service in 1959 and 1983, and in 1980 was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter for his contributions for world peace. His record of 64 years of active military service remains unchallenged.



The Admiral passed away in 1986; he is remembered as a renaissance scholar, an intensely principled leader, and a fierce believer in a better world through education. RSI students have come to be called “Rickoids,” and the program continues to be influenced by his vision.

Joann DiGennaro established the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) with the late Admiral H.G. Rickover in 1983 to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to promote collaboration among scientific and technological leaders in the global community. She is affectionately referred to as “Mrs. D.” by the Rickoids.

Ms. DiGennaro is responsible for all international and cultural exchanges of talented math and science students between the Center and other nations. She has negotiated educational science programs with 50 nations to date.  She is nationally and internationally recognized as a champion for STEM education. 



President George W. Bush appointed Ms. DiGennaro to the U.S. Army War College Board of Trustees. She served as Chairperson of that Board. Ms. DiGennaro was also appointed to the Advisory Council (the Board) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is on the Board of Governors of the Coordinating Council for International Universities, and was a Research Affiliate at Harvard University.

Ms. DiGennaro serves on the Board of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and the Commission of Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell. Joann was named by U.S. News and STEMConnector as one of 100 Top U.S. Women Leaders in STEM.

Ms. DiGennaro received her BS Degree from Purdue University and her MS from the University of Maryland. She read the law at Oxford University and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from George Mason University. She is the author of Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students, and her most recent book was published through Harvard University’s Program for Information Policy Studies in January 2005, Science Literacy: Essential for Decision Making.