2023 Milken Scholars

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Kitty Wang

Kitty Wang is a champion for gender equality in STEM, especially computer science. As director of mentorship for Girls Who Code at New York City's Stuyvesant High School, Kitty renovated the curriculum to highlight interdisciplinary fields and presented weekly lessons on cybersecurity, cryptography and web development. When Kitty took over as executive director of StuyHacks, she led the return to in-person hackathons, overseeing preparations, negotiating funding and partnerships and organizing technical workshops. She was the president and a founding member of Stuyvesant's Biology Olympiad, curating weekly lessons, developing problem sets, and collaborating with external organizations and biotechnology companies. The group now has more than 220 members and reached the final rounds of the USA Biology Olympiad competition.

Kitty is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She competed in the USA Computing Olympiad Gold Division, earned the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award, and received the Dr. Bob Berman Award for Disruptive Innovation and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) BeaverWorks Summer Institute. At MITES (MIT Introduction to Technology, Engineering and Science), Kitty won the Best of MITES 2022 Science Writing Award. She executed differential power analysis and fault injection attacks as a research assistant at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and developed a system to identify viable partner schools as a Robotics For All software engineering intern. Kitty is a 2023 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship recipient.

Kitty facilitated peer tutoring for nearly 200 volunteers and more than 300 tutees as president of Stuyvesant's ARISTA National Honor Society, coordinated tutoring in computer science as a "sensei" for CS Dojo, and was a member of the National Chinese Honor Society. She served as director of IT for RISE (Ready to Inspire Scholastic Excellence), a student-led organization that fights educational inequity in public schools. An accomplished artist, Kitty won a New York Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award. Her charcoal drawings have been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kitty will study computer science at Harvard and plans a career in cybersecurity and software engineering.

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