I’m Sathwik Karnik, and I’m a student at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI. That’s too much of a mouthful, so we call our school Mass Academy. Apparently, the students at Mass Academy are called “Mass Academemes.” So, before I became a Mass Academeme, I went to Westborough High School for my freshman and sophomore years, and before that, I lived in Plainville, MA and attended the King Philip Regional Middle School.

to think deeply of simple things

About Me

I am a 17-year-old resident of Westborough, MA. I was born in India, and I moved to the United States when I was two. I moved a lot over the years, but now, I live in a house in Westborough, MA. I have one brother, Karthik, who used to go to MAMS; he graduated in the class of 2016.

Hobbies and Interests

During the summers, I enjoy traveling, whether it is nearby or far away. After seventh grade, I was fortunate to visit the enchanted Galapagos Islands. On the right, there's a picture of me standing in front of a sign that says, "Welcome to Galapagos" in Spanish. Here is a video of me in the Galapagos:

welcome to galapagos

This past summer, after Thoreau-ly reading Walden , I desired to experience a day in the life of Henry David Thoreau by visiting Walden Pond (on the right) in Concord, MA. In my free time, I occasionally play my clarinet for enjoyment. I had previously played in my school’s nationally recognized band from 4th to 8th grade. Unfortunately, due to scheduling problems, I could not be a part of the band when I got to high school.

I am also an avid chess player and enthusiast. I also enjoy mathematics, particularly number theory. Here’s some food for thought: prove that all real parts of the nontrivial zeroes of the Riemann Zeta Function are 1/2. If you really need it, here is a hint. Should you find a proof of this claim, please contact me at the email address below and we can write a joint paper on this amazing proof.

I am also involved in several volunteer-based organizations. In my freshman year, I helped found a geography class with my brother after our participation in the National Geographic Bee. In addition, I was a problem czar for the Pi Day Math Tournament, which is a competition for middle school students in the Worcester County.

For much of my community service, I instructed a geography awareness class for elementary and middle school students at the Westborough Public Library in an effort to spread knowledge about the world. Through this class, I was able to interact with inquisitive, younger students through various activities, including a game for which the objective was to search for a given place using an atlas and describe the importance of the location. In addition, the students were also interested in participating the National Geographic Bee, a competition run by National Geographic that tests one’s knowledge about the world.

praise the pond


Email: A=wpi.edu, where the letter A should be replaced with svkarnik and the = sign should be replaced with @.