Rediet Abebe was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she studied under the Ethiopian curriculum until 8th grade when she received a merit-based scholarship to attend the International Community School of Addis Ababa. She has done research on topics as varied as cancer epidemiology, experimental physics and mathematics during her summers and academic years, which she spent at Harvard, MIT, the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago. She has co-authored a paper published in the Physical Review. She was twice awarded the Stride Rite Public Service Scholarship by PBHA for her efforts related to education; she has mentored young students through several programs including Girls' Angle: A Math Club for Girls and has been a teaching assistant in multiple courses. She has been a News Editor for the Harvard Crimson and authored more than 50 articles and features on issues related to Cambridge Public Schools and city politics. She was also a two-term Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard College Math Review. At Harvard, Rediet was a concentrator in Mathematics who lived in Leverett House. She attended Pembroke College as the Shirley Scholar and pursued a MAST in Pure Mathematics through Part III of the Math Tripos.