INSAIT has launched a new summer AI program for high school students

Students from Sofia High School of Mathematics (SMG), School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences ‘Acad. Nikola Obreshkov’​ (PPMG – Burgas), and First Private Mathematical High School (PCHMG) are among the first participants in the program.

INSAIT – The Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology, has announced a new summer program for high school students – STARS. Over the course of two months, students will actively engage in the development of cutting-edge technologies and research within the fields of artificial intelligence and informatics. They will receive a monthly scholarship of BGN 1,500. Similar research programs for talented students are offered every summer at prestigious universities worldwide, including Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and others. INSAIT’s summer program provides a similar opportunity for Bulgarian students in Bulgaria.

To kick off the pilot program, the directors of SMG – Dr. Antoan Tonev, PCHMG – Maria Bozadzhiyska, and PPMG – Burgas – Milena Andonova, paid a visit to INSAIT. The program will involve four students from 10th and 11th grade who are currently enrolled in these schools. Over the course of 8 weeks, the students will have the opportunity to work closely with research supervisors from INSAIT. For more information about the program and the application process for the summer of 2024, please visit the following address:

INSAIT is the first institute of its kind in Eastern Europe, which aims to establish Bulgaria as a leading hub for cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of artificial intelligence and informatics.

Additional details about the selected students participating in the pilot program can be found below.

Teodora Todorova, an 11th-grade student at PPMG ‘Acad. Nikola Obreshkov’ – Burgas, actively engages in various extracurricular activities focused on mathematics and other STEM disciplines. She has achieved remarkable success, being a recipient of numerous prizes from both international and national mathematics competitions.

Reni Pascaleva is a 10th-grade student at First Private Mathematical High School (PCHMG) in Sofia. Reni honed her algorithmic problem-solving skills while attending the prestigious ‘Olympiitsi’ school for competitive informatics. Reni’s exceptional talent has earned her medals in numerous international youth competitions and Olympiads, spanning informatics, mathematics, and physics.

Georgi Pashaliev, an 11th-grade student at the Sofia High School of Mathematics (SMG), has attained laureate status in several international and national mathematics competitions. During his internship at ETH Zurich in the summer of 2022, Georgi contributed to a scientific article that was accepted for publication at a prestigious ICML 2023 workshop, a prominent conference in the field of machine learning.

Maria Drencheva, an 11th-grade student at SMG, excels in mathematics. She has earned medals in multiple national and international mathematics Olympiads. In 2023, Maria represented Bulgaria in three international Olympiads, securing medals in each. In addition to her mathematical achievements, she actively participates in informatics competitions and contributes to national informatics teams.