I’m Zizai, a sophomore at Duke university.  I intend to study the Ideas and Forces that have shaped the contemporary society.  My goal is to be a Renaissance man.  

Learning the landscapes of Mathematics is my focus in 2020.

I spent a large part of 2019 reading books and doing internships in Legal, Educational, and Financial industries.  I started college in September, and during my first semester at Duke, I was involved in the production of As You Like It.  I played Duke Frederick and Duke Senior.

In 2017 and 2018, I studied in the Humanities Programme, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore.  I took Knowledge and Inquiry, History, Literature in English, and Mathematics.  I focused on philosophy during those two years.  My friends and I initiated the Inaugural Hwa Chong Invitational Philosophy Olympiad 2018.  I represented Singapore in International Philosophy Olympiad 2018 in Montenegro and presented in 2017 Australasia Postgraduate Philosophy Conference.  My interests include the Gettier Problem.

Before switching to the humanities track, I spent 2015 and 2016 in the Science and Math Talent Programme, Centre for Scholastic Excellence, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore.  I enjoyed doing Science Olympiads.

Before moving to Singapore, I lived in Hangzhou, China.  I was briefly in the Class 13 (the “experimental” Sciences Olympiads Programme) of the Hangzhou No.2 High School.  I was the president of Hangzhou Jianlan Middle School Students’ Council from 2012 to 2013.

During my free time, I enjoy music and sports. I have performed in many school concerts.  As a sprinter, I rank 12th nationally in 400 metres. I am also a 2nd Title PRC National Athlete.


The list of classes I’ve taken at Duke follows.

MATH 531 Real Analysis Tau Shean Lim
MATH 501 Algebraic Structures I
Robert Calderbank
MATH 421 Differential Geometry Robert Bryant
MATH 403 Advanced Linear Algebra Paul Aspinwall
ENGLISH 390 Bob Dylan Taylor Black
THEATRST 350 Main Stage Production: As You Like It
Jules Odendahl-James
ENGLISH 273 Classics of Am Lit: 1915-1960
Victor Strandberg
MATH 240 Intro to Applied Maths
Ingrid Daubechies
PHYEDU 167 Aikido: Japanese Sword & Staff
Steven Kaufmann
WRITING 101 Congress Jacob Smith
MUSIC 101 Intro Guitar Randy Reed

My 2020 Fall semester classes follow.

POLSCI 522 Comparative Party Politics Herbert Kitschelt
MATH 631 Measure and Integration Lu Jianfeng
MATH 601 Groups, Rings, and Fields Chad Schoen
MATH 620 Smooth Manifolds Adam Levine
PHYSICS 464 Quantum Mechanics 1
Roxanne Springer


You can reach me at zizai.cui@duke.edu.

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