One of Jersey City’s own, 15-year-old Hudson County Prep sophomore Chantiwuni Sulemana, has been nominated by Nobel Prize-winning physicist John C. Mather to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.
The program, which runs from June 29-July 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts, aims to encourage and inspire high school students with a passionate interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Mather, who is also science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, chose Sulemana to represent New Jersey based on her academic achievements, leadership potential and passion for science.
“Chanti” is a nearly straight-A student whose ambition is to attend Stanford University and become a plastic surgeon.
For now she admits she doesn’t have much of a social life. “Right now I’m just focused on my studies,” she says.
Usually even-keeled, one thing does upset her — getting anything lower than an A in each school subject.
At the congress Chanti will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with bright students from across the country. She will also get to meet, listen to and learn from Nobel Laureates and Medal of Science recipients about the cutting edge technologies of today; and even get advice about career choices from deans representing the world’s top technical universities.