Distinguished Young Women OF New York

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Teresa Zhang
Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

Sunday, December 17, 2023

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St, Troy, NY 12180

$5 with complimentary program book

Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

Applications for the Class of 2024 have now closed.

Paperwork deadline: December 7, 2023

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of New York

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Teresa Zhang
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalBiomedical / Electrical Engineering Professor

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of New York

Photo of Teresa Zhang
Teresa Zhang

University Preference
Stanford University

Career Goal
Biomedical / Electrical Engineering Professor

2x MIT Math Prize for Girls Invitee (ranked top 300 US female mathletes); 2x AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Exam) Qualifier with Distinction (top 2.5% of 130k+ participants)Co-authored 2 published optical engineering papers, co-invented 3 granted U.S. patents on optical technology (ex #11268880)Youngest-ever Recipient of SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) International Optics and Photonics Education ScholarshipSWENext Global Innovator Award, presented by the International Society of Women EngineersQuarter-Finalist (Final Rank: #5) at 2021 New York State Grand Championship Tournament in Lincoln Douglas Debate (Preliminary Rank: #1); U.S. National NCFL Lincoln Douglas Debate Tournament QualifierU.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalist (Top 10 Female Scholars in NY); Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist (Top 1.7% of 91k Applicants)HOSA International Leadership Competition, Top 5 of 100+ global teams; 2x State Gold-Medalist, 1x State Silver-Medalist24th Annual National High School Poetry Contest Winner; 2022 Skipping Stones Magazine National Youth Honor Awardee; 2x Gold Key (Journalism), 3x Silver Key (Poetry) at Scholastic Writing Awards; Champion of NYS Capital Region History Day Research Paper Contest (State-Finalist)National Honorable Mention for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, presented by the National Center for Women & Informational TechnologyPresident’s Gold Volunteer Award; AP Scholar with Distinction

Captain and Competitor of the EWS(Emma Willard School), Albany (ranked #40 nationally), and Upstate NY Math TeamsCaptain and Coach of EWS Lincoln Douglas Debate Team (23 members)Co-Founder and President of the EWS HOSA Club (31 members)MLOptic Corporation Paid Engineering Research Intern; only high school presenter at the 2022 SPIE (the largest professional society for optics technology) International Optics ConferenceConcertmaster and Co-Head of EWS Orchestra and Select Orch.; piano+violin playerEngineering Intern at BU (Boston University) RISE Summer Program (<10% acceptance); researched in Prof. Goyal’s STIR (Signal Transformation and Information Representation) LabPublished Writer and Poet; IOWA Young Writers Studio Summer Program attendee and Kenyon Young Writers Workshop participantSchool Newspaper’s Life + Arts Section Editor; Poetry Editor at Polyphony Lit. (international literary magazine for teenagers)Co-Founder and Co-Head of EWS TEDx ClubBallet Dancer of 13 yrs; trained at professional school for 8 yrs and member of EWS Advanced Ballet Program

ER + EGD Volunteer at a local hospital (started a patient-family support program)Founded free summer program for local underprivileged girls: Math Competitions for GirlsHost 3-week SAT Math Bootcamps on Schoolhouse.world for mainly foreign studentsAdvanced Algebra/Trigonometry Math Teacher, AP Chinese Teaching Assistant, & Events Coordinator (ex., Chinese New Year Gala, Moon Festival activities) at Albany CCC Chinese SchoolSunday School Volunteer at Grace Fellowship (lead worship, teach Bible stories, organize activities)

2024 State Participants

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Arithra Das
CityNew York City
University PreferenceColumbia University
Career GoalI Would Like To Become A Dermatologist And Major In Biomedical Engineering.
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Lucy Mortensen
University PreferenceHarvard
Career GoalNeuroscientist
TalentPrecision Jazz Dance
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Eliza Strum
University PreferenceNortheastern University
Career GoalSpeech Language Pathologist
TalentTap Dance
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