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Monica Dobrinoiu


My name is Monica and I am currently studying at “Tudor Vianu” national High School of Computer Science, Profile Mathematics-Informatics – Cumulative GPA IX-XI – 10.00

Academic Achievements:

International Study Programs and Conferences:

  • “International Summer School for Young Physicists”, at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (2016)
  • “Global Youth Summit for the Future of Medicine”, at Brandeis University (2016)
  • “International Space Development Conference”, organized by NASA and NSS in Toronto, Canada (2015) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2016)

International Olympiads and Contests:

  • Romanian Master of Physics (Bucharest, Romania) (2016-Silver,2015-Bronze Medal)
  • International “Zhautykov” Olympiad (Almaty, Kazakhstan)(2015,2016-Bronze Medal)
  • International Olympiad “Tuymaada” (Yakutia, Rusia) (2016-Silver Medal)
  • Princeton University Physics Competition (2015-Certificate of Recognition)
  • NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest (2015, 2016-Third Prize)

Research Projects and Contests:

  • European Odysseus Contest – Regional Semifinalist – Best Presentation Award (2016)
  • ESA Transit of Mercury Challenge (2016)
  • ESA Cassini Scientist for a Day – Honorable mention (2016)
  • NSS LEO Art Challenge (2016)
  • International Asteroid Search Collaboration (2016)
  • NASA Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge – International Semifinalist (2016)
  • Mars City Design – Top 25 teams (2016)
  • CERN Beam line for Students (2015, 2016)
  • NASA Humans in Space Art Contest (2015)
  • “Adopt a Physicist” organized by the Society of Physics Students (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • NASA “IRIS Tracking a Solar Storm” (2013)

Other projects:

  • US Embassy in Bucharest’s “The International Earth Day” (2015)-Special Prize “US Embassy Independence Prize”
  • US Embassy in Bucharest “Our rights, our freedom, always” – First prize (2016)

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

I have always been attracted to science and how we can use it to change the face of the world around us. Odysseus challenged us to use both theoretical and practical knowledge to develop a concept for a new, innovational project. I found it very engaging and a good opportunity to share my ideas with scientists and teachers from all around Europe.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

While preparing my project, it was very interesting talking to my teammate and coordinating teacher, sharing ideas and deciding which of them can be included in the project to make it shine. It was also engaging that in Odysseus we got the chance to express all of our opinions and thoughts about solutions to still unsolved problems from many scientific domains.

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

I tried to maintain the balance between science and creativity: It’s a very soft line between a work of a high scientific class and one that seems unrealizable, impossible. Also, another important aspect was to give a fresh, appealing look to our project and, following that, our presentation, through diagrams, pictures and animations.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

In University, I want to pursue a degree in Physics. However, after participating in Odysseus, I have discovered many other interesting fields, related to both space science and Physics, that I would like to study, such as Biophysics or Environmental Physics.