Harris Chen, a recent graduate of Collierville High School and incoming freshman at Columbia University, is a motivated student with a passion for computer science and physics. Graduating at the top of his class, Harris has established a strong foundation in these fields, while simultaneously displaying aptitude as a pianist, swimmer, and enthusiastic volunteer. During the COVID pandemic, Harris took the initiative to establish the AYLUS Greater Memphis chapter, an endeavor that has successfully fostered inclusivity by forging collaborations with local organizations. Under his leadership, the organization orchestrated over 150 philanthropic and volunteer activities, fundraising more than $7,500 and garnering widespread media coverage and mayoral recognition.
Furthermore, Harris has already made many strides in his academic pursuits, having held roles as the captain of his school's Science Olympiad and Science Bowl clubs, culminating in victories at state level competitions and securing spots at the national level. He participated in the Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics, conducting data analysis using Python-based modeling and co-authoring a research paper. Additionally, he attended his state's Governor School, where he explored nanotechnology and IT in the context of species diversification and reproductive ecology. In his future studies at Columbia University, Harris aims to revolutionize computer science and physics by integrating AI, nanotechnology, and data analysis. He aspires to make a lasting impact on local and global communities, particularly in the fields of automation.