Dear Students, Contributors and Reviewers

    We are delighted to present this year’s fair of KSEF, a collection of students-created works showcasing the wonderful breadth of academic curiosity! Founded upon the basis of adventurous thinking and questioning, The KSEF hopes to foster a creative spirit in many fields of learning.

    It is an honor to receive such a number of insightful and thought-provoking pieces from the exceptional minds of high school and undergraduate students. Your submissions are reviewed thoroughly and held to an incredibly high standard; KSEF considers work that is not only well-composed, but also ambitious and representative of unbridled academic thinking. Showcased in this issue are essays from both the US and abroad that incorporate many disciplines of academic research, ranging from natural sciences to business and economics. Each piece embodies the diligence of the innovative authors that dedicate themselves to scholarship and exploration.

    The KSEF aims to highlight the incredible capability of students and encourage an unconventional, explorative approach to learning. As you read this issue of KSEF, consider the privilege of gleaning wisdom from carefully conducted academic research as well as the enthusiastic dedication of all the young, yet incredibly knowledgeable contributors. When compiling this issue, the editors at KSEF truly valued the enriching information presented in the impressive student-written pieces; we hope you have a similar experience that may even inspire you to be featured in the journal in the future!

    Lastly, we would like to express gratitude towards the Managing Editors and the KSEF Editorial Board members for their dedication; the large group of reviewers demonstrated exceptional diligence and enthusiasm while creating this issue. The editors contribute not only their insight but also their time. KSEF would not succeed without their continuing support.

    Thank you for all of your continued interest and support. It has been an honor to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the KSEF, we are thrilled to provide these fresh perspectives on research to our readers and hope to continue to put our fresh ideas and passions in future journals.


    Dr. Steve Chan and Dr. Sooyong Kim

    Dr. Sooyong Kim
    KAIST 물리학과 교수
    과기부 과학영재교육위원회 위원장
    KAIST 사이버 영재교육센터장
    글로벌영재학회 회장

    Dr. Steve Chan
    Chief Architect/Research Fellow, MIT
    A Fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science