27 Mona Jalal use it also for bad things. How was it to learn science in Iran? My high school (NODET) only accepted the top 1% students through a nationwide exam. It was way more selective in my high school compared to my middle school. The level of math and physics was exceptional there. When I went to my university, which was a public university, I felt ahead of my peers in mathematics. Which teacher inspired you in Iran? In the first year of high school, there was Mir Omid Haji Mirsadeghi, bronze medal at the 2002 International Mathematical Olympiad. He’s now a mathematics professor at Sharif University of Technology. We learned a lot of things from him. I got really excited about mathematics, specially combinatorics and number theory. I loved mathematics even since middle school, but then he taught us these cool things. He taught us problem solving. He was my role model. I think having a role model really upgrades you. Can you share with us an interesting lesson that you learned from him? He used to show us a problem and ways to solve it. He had a very good way of teaching. He introduced us to things that we would not know about in high school. He gave us resources that we would not be able to know about even though we were in a very good high school. Women in Science Computer Vision News “I haven’t seen my mom in 4 years and my dad in 7 years. I’m the only child in the family. I don’t know how they live with that…”

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