Feinstein Institute Encourages Education in Science for LI 9th and 10th Graders

Manhasset, NY – November 22, 2012

The North Shore-LIJ Health System and its research enterprise, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, have developed a program to encourage Long Island high school students in 9th and 10th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The winning teams of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Marvels Program will receive scholarship money. To participate, a letter of intent must be submitted by December 1, 2012.

Only 10.2 percent of graduates from Long Island regional colleges and universities receive STEM-related degrees. The North Shore-LIJ Medical Marvels Program aims to combat a lack of opportunity for young students to get involved in STEM education by encouraging and investing in their interests related to STEM.

Three teams will receive awards. The winning team will receive a $1,800 scholarship and the winning team members will be considered for placement in the Feinstein Institute summer program. The second-place team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the third-place team will receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, the winning team’s faculty mentor will receive a $500 grant towards the purchase of equipment or supplies for his or her classroom.

Any New York State-accredited educational institution in Nassau or Suffolk counties is eligible to apply. A letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted by December 1 to Cheryl Davidson at the North Shore-LIJ Center for Workforce Readiness at cdavidson@nshs.edu. The LOI should be:

  • signed by the appropriate building principal(s) or district administrator
  • submitted on institutional letterhead
  • and include the following three sections:
    • a brief history of the school district and its programs in STEM education;
    • a concise description of the programs that will be leveraged for this project and how
    • students will be selected for participation;anddentification of a designated faculty
    • representative (including contact information) for the program at the school

Each eligible institution that submits an LOI will receive detailed proposal instructions and identify at least 1 multi-disciplinary team of students and a faculty mentor. The written proposal, which is due on February 1, 2013, will be submitted to a panel of Feinstein Institute scientists who will select the winners. Participants will be invited to attend a celebration event where the proposals will be displayed and the winners announced. This event will take place March 1, 2013 at the Feinstein Institute in Manhasset. For more details, please contact Cheryl Davidson at cdavidson@nshs.edu.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org

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