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17-year-old earned master's degree before high school diploma

17-year-old earned master's degree before high school diploma
Posted at 12:49 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 10:15:18-04

WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Stephanie Mui earned her master's degree before she was old enough to vote.

Next on her to-do list: high school graduation.

Mui, 17, graduated with a master's of science in mathematics from George Mason University on Saturday, becoming the university's youngest graduate.

"As a student she is sharp, very sharp. She impresses everyone," Sean Lawton, an associate professor at George Mason who taught and mentored her, told the Washington Post. "As a human, she is mature, polite, observant, and careful. She works hard and does not give up."

Her college career started in fifth grade when she began taking college classes at Northern Virginia Community College, earning an associate's degree there by age 13. 

She earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from George Mason University in 2016.

Mui credits her parents, who are both engineers, for helping make math fun.

"I started early and just from working hard and having that passion, all this naturally followed," she said.

When not attending George Mason, Mui is in class at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA, from which she doesn't graduate until June.

Her GPA for her master's coursework is just below 4.0.

Her plans for post-graduation include going to New York University this fall on a full research fellowship to obtain a doctorate in mathematics.

"When I’m doing math, I don’t really see it as work," Mui said. "I really have fun doing it." 

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