The Cultivating Genius (CG) initiative identifies a small group of high school sophomores and juniors worldwide who have demonstrated extraordinary mathematical talent and provides them with a unique opportunity to grapple with challenging ideas and explore new disciplines in which to apply their abilities. In the process, students expand their perspectives, and new pathways open along which their exceptional aptitude can flourish, facilitating their potential to spark revolutionary breakthroughs.
Guided by renowned experts, these students—known as World Science Scholars—are introduced to a wealth of subjects that are not commonly seen as mathematical. Through the CG online curriculum, multi-layered learning experiences, collaboration with peers and the mentorship of dedicated teaching fellows and educators, students explore the ways that advanced mathematics skills can be applied to solve complex challenges in a wide range of disciplines, such as biology, genetics, computer science, neuroscience, physics, robotics, artificial intelligence, economics, security, and finance.
Building upon the results of a pilot phase, WSF plans to expand and enhance the CG program over the next 3 years by improving recruiting tools and processes to identify between 40 and 50 truly exceptional math students each year, with greater international representation; developing 16 new courses that will be delivered through CG’s robust collaborative learning platform; and adapting CG courses for worldwide distribution through World Science U, a visually rich online learning environment that provides in-depth educational experiences for students and lifelong learners at all levels of interest and knowledge.