Mikaela Irene Fudolig, a Fulbrighter and child prodigy was one among 218 passers of the 2016 UP Law Aptitude Exam.
Miki, as she is fondly called, was admitted to the University of the Philippines at the young age of 11 as a non-degree student and a volunteer for the Early College Placement Program, an experimental program that would test the possibility of gifted children entering university without compromising their emotional and social development. Completing her first year at UP with an average of 1.395 led to her petition to the UP Chancellor to consider her application to be a regular student. Her request to then Secretary of Education Edilberto de Jesus helped get her into UP without a high school diploma. The UP Board of Regents approved her admission – the first of its kind nationwide.
Miki graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from the undergraduate program at the UP National Institute of Physics at age 16. She also received the Joker Arroyo Award for Best BS Physics Student, the Dean’s Medallion for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies at the UP College of Science, and the Gawad Chanselor Para sa Natatanging Magaaral. She immediately joined the faculty of UP’s National Institute of Physics and enrolled in the MA Physics program and soon after, shifted to the straight PhD program. In 2010, Miki went on a one-academic year doctoral enrichment program in mathematical economics/econophysics at the University of California Riverside through a Fulbright grant. She earned her Master’s degree at UP in 2013 and her doctoral degree at age 24 in 2014.
This coming school year 2016-2017, Miki will take on another venture – she is making her way to law school.