On behalf of the S.Y.S.T.E.M.S. Program (Stimulating Your Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Students) and the New Hope-Solebury High School Parent Teacher Forum, program coordinator, Michael Daly, announced that New Hope-Solebury seniors David Dwight and Caitlin Kerr have each been awarded $1000 scholarships.
David received a S.Y.S.T.E.M.S. Star scholarship award to support his summer traineeship at Amicus Therapeutics in Cranbury, NJ and Caitlin received her award to support her summer traineeship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
The S.Y.S.T.E.M.S. program was initiated last year in collaboration with the NHSHS Parent Teacher Forum. The program introduces students to the diversity of career options available in the sciences. Each program features 5 adults (Ambassadors) that give a very personal overview of how they got interested in science, what training they received, what they do now and what they love about science. “These programs are highly interactive and not didactic,” said program coordinator, Michael Daley. “In addition, each of our Ambassadors have volunteered to serve as Mentors for the Senior Culminating Project for those interested in a science related topic”.
Last year’s presentations at the high school were very well received, with 130 students and 12 parents in attendance. This school year Daly is planning on continuing and even expanding this program with possible field trips to the PA Biotechnology Center in Doylestown, as well as attending the PA Bio Annual Conference in October, held in Philadelphia. “We are asking for additional volunteers to assist with logistics, organization and to serve as Ambassadors if they work in a science related field,” remarked Daly. “In addition, you may also know of neighbors, friends or other community members that work in a science related field and you think would make great role models for students. The time commitment is minimal and only involves 2-3 hrs over the entire school year as an Ambassador”.
Interested volunteers can contact Dr. Michael Daley at email@example.com.