Catherine Kung ’22 Named Emmy Noether Silver Medalist

Recent Indian Springs graduate Catherine Kung ’22 has been recognized as one of the South’s top aspiring female scientists. She was named a Silver Medalist in the 2022 Emmy Noether Awards and received $25,000 for future graduate studies. 

The Emmy Noether Awards provide financial assistance and networking opportunities to help aspiring female scientists realize their potential careers. The awards are open to high school seniors in Lousiana, Mississippi, or Alabama who have scored a 28 or higher on the ACT. The program recognizes ten recipients each year who will receive scholarships upon entrance into a graduate-level STEM research program.

Catherine will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. Her research has mainly focused on developing a bio-inspired artificial skin and sensory information processing using a Kohonen artificial network. She has also explored American Sign Language trigger works using RF sensors and deep neural networks. 

She scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, was named a 2022 National Merit Scholar, and received numerous awards for her research throughout her years at Indian Springs. Most recently, she won first place in the 2022 Alabama Science Scholars Search, first place for the 2022 SPIE Best Student Paper Award, and third place in the Cybersecurity division at the 2022 Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair.

Catherine accepted her Emmy Noether Award at a ceremony on June 4 at the Lousiana Cancer Research Center. The awards program is directed by the Brown Foundation, which is based in Lousiana and mainly serves the Gulf South. The foundation develops treatments for the sick while assisting community benefit programs.

Congratulations to Catherine!