I seemed to have put on hiatus blogging for an extended period of time… My sincerest of apologies. Now that academic work (and AMC 12*) has drained off, I am able to resume this again.
In any case, the proverbial “thin envelope” arrived in the mail today. From what I can see this seems to be the universal rejection form for RSI:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education, thank you for applying to the 2010 Research Science Institute (RSI) for academically talented high school students in math and science. The competition for the few available places was most intense, with many more qualified applicants than we could accept. We regret that we are unable to offer you a position in RSI 2010.
Please accept our congratulations for your many fine academic achievements to date. Our very best wishes as you continue to pursue a career in science and technology.
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Joann P. DiGennaro
Well, there’s always next…wait, damn.
Congratulations to those who received an acceptance letter instead; enjoy your summer at MIT!
EDIT> I was supplied a template of acceptance by an accomplished RSI acceptee :), in case anyone wondered what one might look like:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Excellence in Education, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the twenty-seventh annual Research Science Institute (RSI) held in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You are among 45 U.S. students chosen to attend our program for top math and science students. Approximately thirty students from other nations will also attend.
Please send us a letter of acceptance to the RSI no later than March 16, 2010. RSI 2010 will take place at MIT from June 20 to July 31, 2010. You should plan to arrive at MIT on Sunday, June 20 and depart on Saturday, July 31, 2010. More program details will follow upon our receipt of your acceptance.
Congratulations! We look forward to having you with us.
Joann P. DiGennaro
Ah, so 45 US students. That means at least five states have been left out, unfortunately.
*On the subject of the AMC 12, why was the acceptance index so low this year? 88.5 points seems awfully far from the typical 100/97.5, and the test was not that much more difficult from what I can remember. Was it the Frog/Toad problem? Yeah, it must be that problem. Darn critters :]