This was great! I remember when Li won the big Intel scholarship. He didn't post a whole lot here, but he noted in the above link that many graduates have great resumes, but don't have the "science chops". He notes early interaction in hands-on-science means a lot. I hope we were instrumental in giving him that insight and it appears he was smart enough to see the extreme value in collective effort and like mind bonding coupled with the doing in making yourself worth something in the job market. It is a collection of skills and the education that lets an employer know you can hit the bricks running.
A good academics record is fine, but a good background in hands-on in many venues and technologies just puts icing on the cake.
Progress may have been a good thing once, but it just went on too long. - Yogi Berra
Fusion is the energy of the future....and it always will be
Retired now...Doing only what I want and not what I should...every day is a saturday.