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    college graduation

    At the end of the day, where you go to college isn't about the parties, the quality of the cafeteria food, or even how many all-nighters you put in — it's about how much a school will help you succeed after you graduate.

    For the sixth year in a row we're asking for your help to rank the Best Colleges In America, based on how well they prepare their students for success after graduation.

    Last year the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was rated the No. 1 college in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row... but who will take the top this year? You decide.

    Please take our survey below. We will post the results in a few weeks.

    SEE LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: The 50 Best Colleges In America

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    business insider group shotBusiness Insider is looking for a paid intern to work on our Lists team.

    BI Lists interns spend their time researching and writing our big signature lists and features, like the Best Colleges, Sexiest CEOs, and Coolest Small Businesses In America. You'll get an author byline for every post you write. 

    We’re looking for someone who is smart, organized, and a meticulous researcher. You should be comfortable conducting in-depth research on everything from the coolest small businesses in cities around the world to the most impressive students at top universities. 

    This person should be comfortable working on a variety of subjects and juggling multiple projects at a time. You'd get the opportunity to work with all our verticals, so we welcome candidates with diverse interests.

    As for qualifications, a journalism background and experience writing for a news site always helps, as do copy-editing skills and light HTML and Photoshop experience. Knowledge of social media and previous writing experience are both useful, too.

    APPLY HERE with a resume and cover letter if interested, and specify why you're interested in working on Lists.

    Please note that this internship requires that you work in our Manhattan office. The internship term runs for approximately six months, with some flexibility on start and end dates. Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

    SEE ALSO: Business Insider Is Now Hiring Paid Fall Interns

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    Lake Michigan

    Summer is more than halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for cookouts, festivals, and outdoor events. 

    From finding the best private swimming holes to partying at summer festivals like Burning Man, here are the best things to do in the U.S. this summer. 

    Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in the U.S. in the summer? Add it in the comments!

    Eat a fresh, delicious lobster roll in Maine.



    Go whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Find out more about Snake River white water rafting here >



    Tackle the water slides at Hyland Hills Water World, the best water park in America.

    Find other great water parks here >



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    harvard business school graduates

    We recently released our fifth annual list of the World's Best Business Schools.

    For this list, nearly 10,000 readers rated the reputation of the graduates from top business schools around the world. 

    We included responses only from professionals who said they had experience hiring MBAs at least half the time. We also filtered the data to obtain better geographical balance.

    We assumed that filtering the responses even further to show answers only from people who said they live on the West Coast of the U.S. might give us a different No. 1, but it turns out that even West Coasters believe that Harvard is the best business school, rather than the close-to-home Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    The most notable change to the top 10 business schools according to folks out west was that London Business School fell from No. 9 to No. 11. Here are the top 10 business schools as ranked by survey respondents on the West Coast:

    Top 10 Business Schools, according to West Coast_edited2

    SEE THEM ALL: The World's 50 Best Business Schools

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    stanford graduate school of business quadWe recently polled 10,000 readers on the World's Best Business Schools, and for the second year in a row, they came back with a clear favorite: Harvard University.

    But depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer.

    We asked participants to rate the reputation of the graduates from top business schools around the world. We included responses only from professionals who said they had experience hiring MBAs at least half the time, and filtered the data to obtain better geographical balance.

    While the Crimson rang in at No. 1 for the second year in a row, even further filtering of the results shows that people who work in the tech industry say otherwise. Stanford University was their top pick, while Harvard ranked second.

    That swap wasn't the only variation in the data. While most of the top 10 remained intact, Dartmouth College fell off the list. University of California – Berkeley, which was ranked 12th originally, leapt forward to No. 9.

    Here are the 10 best business schools according to people working in tech:

    1. Stanford University

    2. Harvard University

    3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    4. University of Pennsylvania

    5. University of Chicago

    6. Northwestern University

    7. Columbia University

    8. London School of Economics

    9. University of California – Berkeley

    10. London School of Business

    SEE ALSO: The World's 50 Best Business Schools

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    Black Seed Bagels, NYC 2

    New York is often called "the city that never sleeps," and its flourishing small-business scene doesn't seem to sleep, either. In fact, more and more enterprises are popping up every day, many of which are bringing some unusual concepts to life.

    From key-making kiosks to a boozy bakery and a hand-blended parfumerie, we rounded up 28 of the coolest small businesses in the five boroughs.

    For this list we focused on businesses that opened within the past five years or so.

    Know a cool business we missed? Let us know in the comments.

    AQUA

    78 Franklin St., Manhattan

    What it is: A cycling studio with a pool.

    Why it's cool: The first of its kind, AQUA uses water as an effective and intense resistance. State-of-the-art cycling bikes immersed in a candlelit pool offer a challenging yet energizing workout for fitness gurus and amateurs alike who are looking to shake up their routines.



    BarBacon

    836 Ninth Ave., Manhattan

    What it is: A bar where everything on the menu has bacon in it.

    Why it's cool: The geniuses behind BarBacon want to give bacon its deserving place in the spotlight. Try the artisanal bacon tasting menu, the beer & bacon flight, and the bacon bloody mary (made with bacon vodka and garnished with bacon).



    Big Alice Brewing Co.

    8-08 43rd Rd., Queens

    What it is: A nano-brewery making unusual beers.

    Why it's cool: Named for the power plant between Manhattan and Queens on the East River, Big Alice has no official recipes for its beers. Instead, the Long Island City brewery makes each brew with different ingredients like jackfruit, curry, and horseradish.

    Big Alice currently brews in 10-gallon batches, but it recently installed a new five-barrel system, allowing it to brew almost 160 gallons of beer at a time.



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    The best hotels 3x4

    We recently published our list of the Best Hotels In The World. 

    To create it, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel AwardsCondé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual Reader's Choice Awards), TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World (part of its annual Travelers' Choice Awards), and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards

    We gave each hotel a numerical rating based on how many lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on the lists that were ranked. Hotels that appeared on all four lists ranked higher on our list, while hotels that ranked on only one of these lists ended up closer to the bottom.

    For Travel + Leisure's and Condé Nast Traveler's lists, which were both ranked one to 100, we calculated the score by using the following formula: 100-X (hotel ranking) + 1 / 100. With this formula, the highest possible score is 0.99 and the lowest score is 0.

    For TripAdvisor's list, which was ranked out of 25, we calculated the score with this formula: 25-X (hotel ranking) + 1 /25.

    Each time a hotel appeared on the Fodor's list, we gave it a score of 0.25, since the hotels on that list were not ranked.

    Because we felt that Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler were more prestigious rankings, we weighted those rankings more heavily. 

    We then tallied up the scores to create the final ranking. 

    Here is the spreadsheet showing our calculations (click to enlarge):

    Best Hotels 2014 Spreadsheet

    SEE ALSO: The 26 Best Hotels In The World

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    World's Best Hotels 2x1The average cost of a luxury hotel is as much as $660 a night at some destinations. If you're shelling out that much money for a single night, you want to make sure you get pampered with stellar service and over-the-top amenities — and plenty of hotels deliver.

    We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.

    The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel AwardsCondé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual Reader's Choice Awards), TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World (part of its annual Travelers' Choice Awards), and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards.

    You can read our complete methodology and see numerical scores here.

    26. Nayara Springs

    Arenal National Park, Costa Rica

    Located in the heart of Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Springs allows guests to immerse themselves in nature while still enjoying all the amenities of a luxury hotel, like a gorgeous spa, fine restaurants, daily yoga classes, Spanish lessons, and insanely luxurious guest rooms, which feature private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs. 

    It took the No. 2 spot on Travel + Leisure's list.

    Rooms start at about $500 per night.

    Nayara Springs

    Nayara Springs



    25. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa (formerly The Chedi)

    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    This premier hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, rebranded as an Anantara property in November 2013, but it remains one of the top hotels in northern Thailand. It's on the Mae Ping River on the former grounds of the British consulate. It feels historic with modern amenities.

    The hotel ranked on both Fodor's and Condé Nast Traveler.

    Rooms start at about $200 per night.

    The Chedi Chiang Mai

    Flickr/su-lin



    24. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (TIE)

    North Island, New Zealand

    This remote New Zealand hotel took the top spot on our list of the World's Best Hotels last year, but now sits at No. 24. The private retreat is located on 6,000 acres and has golf, tennis, beach access, an infinity pool, and a renowned spa to keep guests entertained.

    The hotel tied for No. 1 on Condé Nast Traveler's list, but didn't make any other lists on our ranking.

    Rooms start at about $1,290 per night.

    The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

    Facebook/KauriCliffs



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  • 09/04/14--13:30: The Best Rum On The Market
  • pirates of the caribbean

    Rum is often associated with tropical vacations, fruity mixed drinks, and life at sea. But it's not for the faint of heart.

    Thanks to the experts at FindTheBest, we found the 13 best bottles of rum that even pirates would drool over.

    Rums were ranked by their Smart Rating scores, which FindTheBest based on the rums' scores in four different rum tasting competitions, as well as reviews from experts at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the Beverage Tasting Institute.

    Where ties in Smart Rating scores occurred, we used price as a tiebreaker, ranking lower-priced bottles of rum higher on the list.

    Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum13. Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum ($60)

    Plantation uses a blend of its oldest reserves to make its distinctive 20th Anniversary Rum. Drinkers will note a creaminess that comes from years of aging.

    12. Montecristo Rum ($40)

    Montecristo Rum is gold and old — 12 years, to be exact. There's a hotness in the first sip that dissipates into the drink, but it's a characteristic that won this rum a prestigious Double Gold honor in the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

    11. Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum ($28)

    Tommy Bahama may be best known for its tropical apparel, but the Bahamas are known for rum. The Golden Sun Rum conveys the exotic spices and relaxed attitude of the beautiful, Caribbean islands.

    10. Pusser's Rum ($22)

    Aged 15 years, Pusser's Rum hails from the British Virgin Islands and sports subtle flavors of vanilla and honey. With a molasses-like smoothness, rum aficionados appreciate the fact that there's little to no burn from the alcohol.

    Diplomatico Anejo Rum, FindTheBest

    9. Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 ($20)

    A Cuban formula rum from the Dominican Republic may seem like a juxtaposition, but Vizcaya does it well. Spicy and buttery, the VXOP Cask 21 warms on the way down.

    8. Cruzan Single Barrel Extra-aged Rum ($16)

    Cruzan's Single Barrel Extra-aged Rum is a full-bodied blend so complex that adding a mixer would be considered blasphemy. Its deep color and caramelized aroma evokes the taste and smell of bananas foster.

    7. Diplomático Añejo Rum ($14)

    It may be the cheapest rum on the list in price, but certainly not in flavor. Diplomático Añejo Rum is the youngest rum in the brand, aged four years, but its youth lends to its energetic notes of cocoa and coffee.

    6. Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum ($80)

    Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum is considered "the ultimate sipping rum," according to FindTheBest. Aged in dark barrels, this rum's sweetness enables it to be enjoyed like a digestif.

    5. Dictador 20 Rum ($60)

    Dictador 20 is a dark rum aged in charred barrels for, as the name implies, 20 years. This rum won Double Gold at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

    Leblon Cachaca, FindTheBest, Rum4. Pampero Aniversario Rum ($20)

    This aged Venezuelan rum is revered for its sweet and smokey taste, and its absence of the harshness that other liquors often have. The $20 price tag is an incredibly reasonable one, given the quality.

    3. Ron Abuelo Centuria ($130)

    The Ron Abuelo Centuria is the most expensive bottle on this list, but well worth the price. Thirty years give this rum time to develop a rich and complex taste, with hints of the white oak from the barrels in which it's aged.

    2. Ron Abuelo 12-Year-Old Rum ($25)

    Also from Ron Abuelo, the 12-Year-Old Rum has a soft mouthfeel and tropical flavors of vanilla and dried fruit. It has a boozy smell, but not to worry — it doesn't carry over upon drinking it.

    1. Leblon Cachaça ($30)

    Cachaça is a type of white rum made with fresh sugar cane juice, rather than processed sugar cane, that originates in Brazil. Leblon makes one heck of a cachaça, winning Double Gold year over year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The fresh fruitiness of Leblon's cachaça makes it the perfect liquor for your next caipirinha.

    PICK YOUR POISON:

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    Larry Ellison Lanai Island Home

    No man is an island. Although, some men happen to own one.

    We found the most expensive properties belonging to tech investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs.

    Some of the big tech personalities you'd expect to have extravagant homes actually live quite modestly. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, for example, lives in a $5.3 million five-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, and Tumblr CEO David Karp, who made over $1 billion on his company's sale to Yahoo last year, lives in a $2 million duplex in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

    Others, however, live in homes that scream "YOLO." From Sean Parker's 24-foot-wide West Village townhouse paneled with vintage subway car siding to Larry Ellison's 98% share of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, any one of these real estate grabs will make you green with envy.

    To estimate the approximate current market value of the houses, we looked at public assessors' records and spoke to Kyle Egan, licensed real estate salesperson for Nest Seekers International, and Judy Citron, an agent with Alain Pinel Realtors.

    30. Aneel Bhusri's Bay-view villa

    Estimated home value: $6.7 million

    Title: Cofounder and CEO, Workday

    The newly minted billionaire cofounder of human capital and financial software company Workday bought his two-story San Francisco home back in 2003 for about $5.5 million, making a solid $1.2 million as the home's value appreciated.

    With 11 rooms (four of which are bathrooms), a large basement, and nearly 4,600 square feet of space, Bhusri and his family enjoy pristine views of the San Francisco Bay and close proximity to nearby Baker Beach.



    29. Mark Hurd's Marymont Avenue Mansion

    Estimated home value: $8 million

    Title: Co-president, Oracle

    Workday rival Oracle's co-president one-ups Bhusri's place in San Francisco with his own five-bed, six-and-a-half-bath beauty in Atherton, California.

    The main house is just over 6,400 square feet, but the property boasts a pool house with its own kitchen and bathroom. A sweeping, roundabout driveway and perfectly manicured lawns complete the ensemble.

    Hurd and his wife, Paula, purchased the home in 2005 for $7.1 million, according to city records, and today the home is worth about $8 million.



    28. Jon Oringer's Hudson River-view home

    Estimated home value: $9 million

    Title: Founder, Shutterstock

    Thanks to the rising value of Shutterstock shares, Oringer became New York's first techie billionaire and, naturally, he has a beautiful Manhattan apartment to match his status. His two-bedroom apartment in the West Village is in a building designed by Pritzker-winning architect Richard Meier surrounded by frameless glass. Many of the units in the buildings have balconies and direct Hudson River views.

    Nest Seekers real estate broker Kyle Egan gives the apartment a conservative $9 million estimate.



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    groton school

    There are at least 50 universities in the U.S. that charge over $60,000 a year to attend, an unfathomable amount for college. But what about high school?

    For the fourth year in a row we've rounded up the 50 most expensive boarding schools in the U.S. Only one boarding school on our list exceeded $60,000, but the number of schools that come close to that amount continues to rise.

    These elite schools come with impressive perks like iPads for every student, state-of-the-art athletic and academic facilities, and, sometimes, tickets into the Ivies.

    To create this list, we looked at tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees, including one-time fees where applicable, to calculate the total cost for the 2014-15 school year. In instances where the school listed a variety of expected expenditures for books and other required materials, we used the average. (Special-needs schools and daytime-only schools were not taken into consideration for this list.)

    50. Cushing Academy

    Location: Ashburnham, Massachusetts

    Total cost: $53,700

    Enrollment: 400

    Students have full access to the Cushing Institute for 21st Century Leadership, an initiative aimed at preparing students to become effective leaders in a digital and fast-changing world. The program organizes dialogues on virtues and forums on critical issues, while teaching students to use new technologies in the classroom.

    Additional tuition refund insurance, billed at 4.7% of annual tuition, is required.

    Methodology: Rankings are based on total cost, which includes tuition, room, board, and fees for boarding-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Daytime-only schools and special-needs boarding schools were not included.



    49. Tabor Academy

    Location: Marion, Massachusetts

    Total cost: $53,775

    Enrollment: 494

    Every three years, students at "The School by the Sea" have the opportunity to spend their winter break in the Caribbean doing hands-on research in marine biology and conducting studies and research in Caribbean history and culture.

    Methodology: Rankings are based on total cost, which includes tuition, room, board, and fees for boarding-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Daytime-only schools and special-needs boarding schools were not included.



    48. The Williston Northampton School

    Location: Easthampton, Massachusetts

    Total cost: $53,800

    Enrollment: 530

    The Williston Northampton School is very generous with financial aid and scholarships, including merit-based scholarships for legacy applicants.

    Methodology: Rankings are based on total cost, which includes tuition, room, board, and fees for boarding-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Daytime-only schools and special-needs boarding schools were not included.



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    It's been 81 years since the repeal of Prohibition, when the nation dried up and hidden bars called speakeasies popped up all over the country.

    While the temperance movement is long gone, the secret watering holes haven't changed much, from the passwords required on entry to the caliber of handcrafted cocktails served.

    We dug up the hottest and most exclusive speakeasies in the U.S., and even gave away their addresses. Let's keep this one on the DL.

    Did we forget your favorite speakeasy? Let us know in the comments.

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA

    The Chapter Room
    5600 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs

    Join the Brewniversity craft beer loyalty club to gain access to this modern-day speakeasy in the basement of the Taco Mac, which puts a large emphasis on craft beer. The Chapter Room maintains no fewer than 18 different kinds on draft at a time, as well as many others in bottles. Cozy up to Bobb, the bar's "overseer," and you may also have access to the rare and limited edition beers in his secret stash.



    AUSTIN, TEXAS

    Midnight Cowboy
    313 E. 6th St.

    Midnight Cowboy was formerly a massage parlor, and still sports the original "Midnight Cowboy Modeling Oriental Massage" sign out front. Reservations are required, and when you get there you're free to enjoy classic and creative cocktails, as long as you leave all your mobile devices behind — they have no place at this lounge.



    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

    The Owl Bar
    1 E. Chase St.

    The historic Hotel Belvedere is the resting place of the Owl Bar, which has been serving fancy mixed drinks, beer, and wine for the last 100+ years. The bar served as the stomping grounds for a number of famous and non-famous Baltimore natives, and remained unnamed until after Prohibition. The Owl Bar also has an exquisite food menu, including weekend brunch.



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    New York Fall Foliage central park

    New York City is a magical place in the fall.

    There are crisp days perfect for walks in the park, hot apple cider from local farmer's markets, and football.

    There's also plenty of events and festivals, from the New York City Marathon to the Wine & Food Festival.

    Autumn officially starts on September 22nd, so get ready for the new season with our ultimate guide on what every New Yorker should do this fall.

    Gorge yourself on sausages with peppers and Cannolis at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, which runs from September 11th to 21st.

    For a map and event schedule, click here >



    Go apple picking at one of the gorgeous orchards in upstate New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey, where you can wander the grounds picking bushels of your own fruit.

    Some good options near New York City include Applewood Orchards & Winery, Barton Orchards, Dr. Davies Farm, and Greig Farm.

    For more suggestions, click here >



    Shop at one of New York City’s largest street fairs, the Atlantic Antic. It takes place on September 28th and runs through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill.

    You can find a street map of vendors here >



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    sam clark harvardThis year, Harvard University admitted just 5.9% of applicants, a testament to the school's centuries-long tradition of excellence. 

    Narrowing down the 6,700-person student body to just a handful of go-getters was a challenge John Harvard himself wouldn't have struggled with any less. We spoke with campus leaders, sought the counsel of student journalists, and combed the internet to find the 19 Harvard College undergrads who will knock your socks off. 

    The semester may have just started, but these kids are already hard at work, making breakthroughs in cancer research, launching innovative startups, and creating a better community at Harvard.

    David Boone overcame homelessness to achieve his dream of working in tech.

    Class of 2016

    David Boone grew up in a violent Cleveland neighborhood, losing his home when a gang burned it down for Boone's refusing to join them. Boone still managed to make excellent grades and, now a junior, received a coveted spot in Microsoft's Co-Op program.

    This past summer Boone worked as a software development engineer in test intern in Microsoft's Seattle office, a step up from the previous summer when he worked as a software developer intern. In the Co-Op program, which starts in the spring, Boone will work out of the New England Research and Development Center, one of just a few undergraduate interns among mainly Ph.D. and graduate students.

    On campus, Boone is the founder of the Harvard Undergraduate Robotics club. HURC solves real-world problems by designing robots "that defy traditional applications to solve everyday problems," Boone says. He and members of HURC collaborate together and compete in robotics competitions.

    Boone is also a passionate photographer who loves experimenting with his DSLR. His life goal, he says, is to change the world, and he plans to get there by starting his own company next summer.



    Shree Bose runs a startup that teaches kids about computers by having them build some.

    Class of 2016

    Shree Bose cofounded Piper, a startup currently based in San Francisco that gives kids hands-on lessons in computers and coding by having them build their own computers.

    The company, now about nine months old, was just accepted into an accelerator program in Silicon Valley. Most of Bose's team is moving out there to work on Piper full-time while Bose continues her degree and plans a Kickstarter campaign to raise more funds.

    The molecular and cellular biology major made headlines back in high school through her study of the protein AMP kinase and its reaction with the cancer chemotherapy drug Cisplatin. She noticed that when she inhibited AMP kinase, Cisplatin began destroying cancer cells, leading to a breakthrough, first prize at the Google Science Fair, and praise from President Barack Obama.

    At Harvard, Bose serves as a student EMT on campus. She says she doesn't have a firm five-year plan laid out but that she hopes to do something related to medicine and science when she graduates.



    Eric Chen discovered a new type of drug to treat the flu.

    Class of 2018

    Chen's Intel Science Talent Search-winning project involved finding compounds capable of blocking endonuclease, an enzyme that the influenza virus needs in order to spread. His research could lead to new, more effective drugs to treat the highly contagious illness. His Intel prize includes copious bragging rights, a serious résumé builder, and $100,000.

    But the modest Chen told his hometown newspaper, The San Diego Union-Tribune, that he didn't expect to win Intel, despite the fact that he won the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens competition.

    Chen's interest in new treatments for the flu was sparked by the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak, which first appeared in the U.S. in the San Diego area.

    When he's not curing the flu, Chen plays piano and tutors Mandarin-speaking elders in computer skills. He just began his first semester at Harvard and is considering a career in academia or social entrepreneurship.



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     Cara Delevingne cannes earrings

    It's only September, but there have already been tons of memorable style moments this year.

    Now that the biggest award shows and fashion shows have whizzed by, we took a moment to collect the most buzzworthy and breathtaking fashion looks we've seen so far. 

    From Pharrell's hat seen round the world to Lupita Nyongo's fairytale Oscar gown, these are the looks that set the trends for the rest of us.

    While murmurs of divorce have swirled around the couple as of late, Jay-Z and Beyonce continue to hold a special place in American hearts by dominating the red carpet, like at the Met Gala this year.



    Cara Delevingne is one of the world's most in-demand models, and her personal style and silly persona is what makes her so likable. This Chanel look was a Cannes Film Festival favorite.



    Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen was one of the first to use 3D printing techniques in fashion, and in January 2013, she debuted this intricate, lace-like dress that was created with a laser printing technique by Belgian company Materialise.

     



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     Cara Delevingne cannes earrings

    It's only September, but there have already been tons of memorable style moments this year.

    Now that the biggest award shows and fashion shows have whizzed by, we took a moment to collect the most buzzworthy and breathtaking fashion looks we've seen so far. 

    From Pharrell's hat seen round the world to Lupita Nyongo's fairytale Oscar gown, these are the looks that set the trends for the rest of us.

    While murmurs of divorce have swirled around the couple as of late, Jay-Z and Beyonce continue to hold a special place in American hearts by dominating the red carpet, like at the Met Gala this year.



    Cara Delevingne is one of the world's most in-demand models, and her personal style and silly persona is what makes her so likable. This Chanel look was a Cannes Film Festival favorite.



    Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen was one of the first to use 3D printing techniques in fashion, and in January 2013, she debuted this intricate, lace-like dress that was created with a laser printing technique by Belgian company Materialise.

     



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    Kim Reed Perrell

    Men tend to dominate the mobile advertising world. Last year, only one woman made our list of the most powerful people in mobile advertising.

    So we asked readers and companies to nominate who they thought are the most influential women in the business. We also asked that they nominate at least one other competitor to ensure the list wasn't self-serving. We also consulted with Erin "Mack" McKelvey, CEO of SalientMG, whose knowledge of the mobile ad business far exceeds our own.

    Skip straight to the list>

    The final rankings are based on the size of shops run by these women, as well as their revenue numbers. The rankings favor companies that disclose revenues or spending.

    This is, by no means, a complete list of all the influential women in the mobile advertising business. It is, however, a representation of some of the most powerful women out there, who are running big businesses with large client bases and sizeable revenues to report. 

    If you're interested in previous lists, here's a look at last year's list for comparison. 

    32. Alexis Berger, VP of sales and marketing at Kargo

    In one year, Berger opened Kargo's midwest branch, hiring a total of 10 people, and led her team to over $10 million in sales. Kargo works with over 150 clients, and according to LinkedIn, has an employee headcount between 51-200. We're told the company is approaching $50 million in revenue.  

    Kargo is a mobile ad platform that serves advertisers and publishers, and labels itself the "leading mobile publisher platform." 

    Before Kargo, Berger was the director of sales for video ad platform BrightRoll. She also worked as a sales director for Adconion Media Group. 



    31. Monica Ho, SVP of marketing at xAd

    Ho joined xAd, a location-based mobile ad company, in 2011. She was promoted in 2013 from VP of marketing to SVP. She also sits on the board for the Mobile Marketing Association. 

    xAd just announced it brought in $50 million in funding and recently told us the company is profitable and on track to more than double its revenue from last year.   



    30. Anna Bager, VP, general manager at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence

    One of the most-nominated women for this year's list, Bager heads up the IAB's Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, an industry trade organization and lobby group. As a group that helps set the direction of the changing and developing mobile industry, big mobile and digital players turn to the IAB and Bager for guidance. 

    Bager has led the creation of mobile advertising and marketing standards for a relatively young industry, including her most recent work on HTML5 standards, making HTML5 the industry's standard format. 



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    The mighty MIT, which monopolized our Best Colleges list for the last four years, now yields to a new No. 1: Stanford University.

    For our sixth annual list of the Best Colleges in America, we conducted a survey that asked thousands of professionals around the world to rank the best colleges in the U.S.

    While more than 7,000 people took the survey, we filtered the results to include only the 1,500 professionals who said they make hiring decisions at least occasionally.

    Participants rated colleges based on how well they prepare their students for success after graduation on a scale of 1 ("very poorly") to 5 ("very well"). The top 50 schools made it into our final list, ranked by their average scores. Where scores were tied, tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with a lower tuition pushing a school higher up in the ranking.

    Nearly 94% of survey-takers said they had a bachelor's degree.

    Respondents work in a variety of industries. The majority (28.7%) work in finance, while technology (18.3%) was the second-most common industry. The remaining 53% were divided between a number of other industries:

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    More than half of survey participants reported being in the workforce for 10 or more years; another near-quarter of survey respondents are new to the workforce, having three years of experience or less:

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    Eighty-nine percent of those who took our survey said that a job candidate's college major is somewhat or very influential to the hiring decision. When asked which majors will bring graduates the most success, almost 30% said business and 26% said engineering. Liberal arts came in third, followed by computer science and communications:

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    In response to the question of what is the most valuable asset college provides, the majority of survey participants said that they think academics is most valuable. Brand value/reputation was rated second-most valuable, while network, workplace skills, and social experience followed third, fourth, and fifth, respectively:

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    After MIT's four-year reign atop our annual list of the Best Colleges in America, our readers voted Stanford University as the No. 1 college in America. 

    To create this list, we asked over 1,500 professionals who have hiring experience in a variety of industries what they consider to be the best colleges in the U.S. based on how well the schools prepare their students for success after graduation. 

    Here are the top 25 colleges in the U.S. this year.

    Take a more in-depth look at all 50 best colleges in America »

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    Stanford University aerial viewOh, how the mighty have fallen. After a four-year reign atop our annual list of the Best Colleges in America, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) slipped to second place.

    For the first time in years, Stanford University took the top spot on our list. In fact, schools with strong tech and engineering programs reigned over our list, with Cal Tech rounding out the top 3 schools.

    For our sixth annual ranking of the Best Colleges In America, we surveyed over 1,500 people who said they had hiring experience in a variety of fields, from finance to tech. Respondents rated top colleges across the country based on how well they prepare students for success.

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    Click here to go to a one-page list of the top 25 colleges »

    Read the full methodology for this list »  

    50. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

    Illinois – Urbana-Champaign scored a 2.95 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $30,362

    Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, University of Illinois debuts on this ranking at No. 50. The flagship U of I institution is home to one of the largest public university collections in the world, with more than 10.5 million volumes across 37 departmental libraries. The school ranked high on our list of party schools worth the money.

    Business Insider's rating is scored out of 5 and is based on the results of a survey that asked over 1,500 professionals with hiring experience how well colleges prepare their students for success after graduation. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



    49. Colgate University

    Colgate scored a 2.96 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $50,485

    Colgate may cost a lot to attend, but evidence shows that it’s worth the investment, with graduates making an average mid-career salary of $126,600. And for those who can’t afford the cost of tuition, the Central New York college accommodates 100% of admitted students who demonstrated financial need.

    Business Insider's rating is scored out of 5 and is based on the results of a survey that asked over 1,500 professionals with hiring experience how well colleges prepare their students for success after graduation. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



    48. Boston University

    BU scored a 2.98 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $48,984

    BU "is no small operation," with more than 33,000 undergrad and graduate students and 10,000 faculty and staff. With over $375 million in research funding last year, each member of the community has a chance to grow and incite change.

    Business Insider's rating is scored out of 5 and is based on the results of a survey that asked over 1,500 professionals with hiring experience how well colleges prepare their students for success after graduation. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



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