Teachers and students from the community gathered for Science Horizons, the summer science program sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, which was held July 6 through 10 at Syracuse University.
Forty middle school students were selected from schools throughout Onondaga County to participate in the 17th annual Summer Science Adventure. The student selection criteria included interest in science, academic achievement, openness to new ideas, cooperative attitude, the ability to work with others and the potential to benefit from the program.
Fully funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and hosted by University College of Syracuse University, the program gives local seventh and eighth grade students an opportunity to learn from highly technical and innovative scientists, while experiencing a variety of scientific adventures. Science Horizons students take part in hands-on activities, attend presentations and discussions and go on field trips. Planned activities include exploration in the fields of engineering, geology, chemistry, meteorology, technology as well as a tour of the Bristol-Myers Squibb facility. This exploration is designed to pique curiosity and establish a long-lasting interest in the sciences.
Science Horizons is staffed by experienced science teachers, Syracuse University students and Science Horizons alumni from area high schools. Faculty and staff from Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and other organizations also serve as lecturers and field trip hosts.
"Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) continues to sponsor this program as a way to generate interest and excitement in science and technology throughout the schools in the community," said Nancy Rurkowski, General Manager, BMS. "It's important that we give back to the community in which we operate, and by providing this opportunity to students, we hope to foster the qualities that help make good scientists or researchers to serve society in the future."
Students from each middle school in Onondaga County were selected by school principals and science teachers to participate in this year's program. This year's participants included Katherine Schumacher from Ray Middle School and Emily Hinman Denniston from Durgee Junior High School.
Pictured with (Front row from left) Katherine Schumacher from Ray Middle School and Emily Hinman Denniston of Durgee Junior High School, both of whom participated in the Bristol-Myers Squibb's Science Horizons Program, are Christine Scully (back left), director of manufacturing at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Teacher Theresa Hunter.