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Read Sara Su's full bio here.


J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude (2001)

A.B., Harvard University (Economics), magna cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa (1996)

  • Detur Prize for high academic rank (top 60 in a class of 1,600)

  • John Harvard Scholarship and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction

  • Waters Family Scholarship for leadership in international affairs

  • Martha Stuart Smith Scholarship

  • Lawrence Coolidge Memorial Scholarship

  • Undergraduate Associate, Center for International Affairs (CFIA)

  • Julian M. Sobin Travel Grant for honors thesis research on foreign investment in Russia

  • Weissman International Internship (fellowship funding an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia)

  • Honors economics thesis: Risky Ventures in Post-Soviet Russia: The Impact of Overseas Private Investment Corporation Programs on U.S. Foreign Direct Investment

  • Four years of Russian language studies

  • Senior Editor and Executive Board member, Harvard International Review

  • Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Leadership Project

A.R.C.M. (certificate in violin performance), Royal College of Music, England (1992)

English-Speaking Union Scholar, Westonbirt School, England (1991-92)

  • Earned A (highest mark) on Advanced-Level Examinations in English Literature and Practical Music (Oxford/Cambridge Schools Board) and Merit on Special Paper in Literary Criticism; completed two years of coursework in one year

  • Studied on full scholarship from the English-Speaking Union

  • Chapel Choir and Senior Choir

  • Prefect, Dorchester House

Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) (1987-1991)

  • Cum Laude Society (graduated with academic honors)

  • Entered Andover as a ninth grader at age 12; graduated at age 16

  • U.S. Presidential Scholar Finalist (one of the top 10 high-school seniors in Illinois)

  • National Merit Scholarship Finalist

  • William A. Trow Scholarship

  • Started taking AP Calculus BC at age 13; earned 5 on AP Calculus BC exam at age 14

  • Silver Medal (maxima cum laude), National Greek Exam

  • Five years' worth of ancient Greek, including independent projects on Plato and on the poetry of Sappho

  • Charles Cutter Prize for Outstanding String Playing; graduated with distinction in music

  • Concertmaster and frequent soloist, Academy Symphony and Chamber Orchestras

  • Features Editor, The Phillipian (weekly 12-page full-format student newspaper)

  • President, Chamber Music Society

  • Cantata Choir

  • Blue Key Society

Bell Elementary School, Gifted Program (1979-1987)
Lane Technical HS (1985-1987)
Von Steuben MSC (1985-1987) 

Chicago, IL


  • First place (individual), Chicago Citywide Math League (CCML) Geometry Finals (math contest for high-school students in Chicago and suburbs), at age 11 

  • Earned a 5 (highest score possible) on AP Biology exam at age 12 (youngest in history to do so)

  • Outstanding Science Scholar (at age 11), Illinois Junior Academy of Science (state science fair) — top 30 among 1,000 science projects by students in grades 7-12

  • Gold Medal (summa cum laude) in National Latin Examination at age 10; completed Latin III (Cicero) at Loyola University at age 11

  • Selected three times for Illinois Young Authors' Conference (award-winning short stories) and four times for Chicago Young Authors' Conference

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