Olga Semeniuk ISSYP Memorial Award

The International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) is an immersive, life-changing experience for Canadian and international high school students who share a keen interest in physics. In commemoration of Olga Semeniuk, a devoted high school teacher who passed away in November 2013, Perimeter Institute is pleased to honour Luke Tang with the 2014 Olga Semeniuk ISSYP Memorial Award.


Olga Semeniuk was a dedicated high school teacher in southern Ontario for 17 years, first at Harrow District High School and then at General Amherst High School (both south of Windsor). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Windsor and her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. Beloved by students and colleagues alike, Semeniuk was known for her energy, integrity, and passion for helping her students realize their potential. She also pursued a wide range of creative interests and community activities outside the classroom, contributing time and expertise to a variety of associations, committees, and charitable causes.

The Olga Semeniuk ISSYP Memorial Award supplements the 2014 summer program by helping an extraordinary student deepen his understanding of and passion for physics – a fitting tribute for such a caring person and devoted educator.

Semeniuk passed away in November 2013.

About Luke Tang

Luke Tang comes to ISSYP from Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) in New Orleans, Louisiana. At just 18 years old, his list of accomplishments is already impressive. In addition to myriad academic awards at his school and in math and science competitions, Tang was a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Semifinalist in 2013. He was the President of his high school’s Science Olympiad Team, which finished first in Louisiana, and President of the school’s Math Honor Society as well, organizing an annual math tournament and patiently tutoring fellow students.

A well rounded student, Tang is also a gifted violinist – he is the concertmaster for both the BFHS orchestra and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, where he helps lead the symphony in performances and weekly rehearsals. He is also the Founder and President of the Young Musicians’ Club at BFHS, and still finds time to teach violin to elementary school students.

Tang hopes to become a physics professor and he has already taken classes on quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics at the University of New Orleans. For his work in condensed matter theory at the prestigious Research Science Institute (held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tang’s paper was recognized as one of RSI’s top five research papers.


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Olga Semeniuk,
a devoted high school teacher, was passionate about helping her students realize their potential.