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Cover Story How colleges are finding tomorrow's prodigies

American universities are using online courses to discover gifted students in math, science, and the arts. Meet three phenoms from the far corners of the world.

By Laura PappanoCorrespondent / February 23, 2014

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Battushig Myanganbayar, a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from Mongolia, asks me, "Have you ever heard of the 'Freshman 15'?" He's referring to the storied 15 pounds students often gain in their first year of college. I tell him I have heard of it.