Sunday, May 28, 2000

Theory wins $40,000 prize

County Day senior to attend Harvard

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Jason Douglas always wanted to go to an Ivy League university.

Jason Douglas
        This fall, the Milford 18-year-old will get his wish, with the help of a $40,000 science scholarship he won May 13.

        The Cincinnati Country Day School senior won for his physics project titled “Discrete Electron Density Theory: Finite Tensor Solutions to Schrodinger's Equation.”

        He developed a theory to mathematically explain the energy in atoms. He entered the project in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition, held this year in Detroit. He competed among more than 1,200 students from 40 countries.

        Jennifer Douglas said her son will head to Harvard University and plans to major in theoretical atomic physics and economics.

        Jason became interested in computer science in the seventh grade. He taught himself calculus in the 10th grade and then quantum mechanics in the 11th grade.

        “Whatever Jason pursues, he is very passionate about it,” his mother said.

        Still, she said she and husband David were surprised that their son won. Jason had entered the contest last year but didn't make it past the regional level.


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