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Top Israeli Science Students Are Only Foreigners in Rickover Summer Science Institute

Five of Israel’s top high school science students will participate in the month-long Rickover Summer Science Institute in Leesburg, Va., along with outstanding American students from 46 states. The Israelis are the only foreign students in the program, according to Dr. Mordecai Hacohen, a member of the board of trustees of the Rickover Institute, named for Admiral (ret.) Hyman Rickover, the “father” of America’s nuclear navy.

Four of the students arrived here today, Hacohen told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. They are Shaya Abramson, of Beersheba; Omri Gat and Yona than Memirowski, both of Haifa, all 17-year-olds; and Alexander Smorodnizki, 18, of Jerusalem. Due later this week is Ms. Tali Cohen, 17, of Rishon LeZion.

Hacohen said the five were selected for their outstanding capabilities in the sciences by a panel of Israeli scientists and the Ministry of Education, to receive advanced training in mathematics and science in preparation for high technology careers. The Summer Science Institute begins officially today and ends on August 18.