Summer Program at SUNY Oswego Supports Inner-City Teens in Science
SUNY Oswego and the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School began a partnership in 2009 that is helping pave the way to careers in science fields for inner-city teens.
Summer pilot programs in 2009 and 2010 laid the foundation for what the college hopes will become a well-established, externally funded summer program for inner-city high schoolers in the STEM disciplines. Using preliminary data from these pilots, the college will apply for funding from the Honda Foundation and the National Science Foundation to continue the program.
Plans call for the program to grow to expose more students to more disciplines in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. Long term, a goal of the early intervention summer program is to help retain science professionals in the Central New York region.
The program is open to students with two of three conditions: member of a low-income family, part of a minority group underrepresented in the sciences or a first-generation college student. Participants in the program work with a teacher from their own school and an undergraduate or graduate student from SUNY Oswego for 10 weeks, and research groups have weekly meetings in which students make presentations. High school students are asked to present their research at the end of the program.