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Real LifeFollowing the career trajectory of former Science Olympiad participants is an immensely satisfying experience for teachers, coaches, supervisors and directors who nurtured Science Olympians in competition from 1984 to today.
After winning more than 45 medals over the course of his Science Olympiad career in Pennsylvania, Peter J. Lu went on to study physics as an undergraduate at Princeton and in 2008, received his PhD in physics from Harvard University. "Science Olympiad was the beginning of my interest and expertise in the sciences," said Dr. Lu. "It is not unfair to say that without Science Olympiad, there is a good chance I would not be where I am today." Now, in addition to serving as a member of the Science Olympiad National Advisory Committee, Peter is a sought-after writer and speaker, with recent articles published in the journals Science and Nature.
Since 2004, Science Olympiad has been collecting Alumni Surveys from past participants, and nearly 90% of respondents said that Science Olympiad had a direct impact on their career choice.
"In high school, Science Olympiad was an integral part of my growing love of science, engineering and experimentation. I never stopped enjoying the process of design and creation, both in reality and in the computer." - Dr. Brian Brewington, Software Engineer, Google
"Science Olympiad opened the door to exploring more that what the ordinary classroom offers and allowed me to focus my attention of topics that I enjoyed learning the most." - Jill Fisher, Bio-Energy Lab Technician, ICM Inc.