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April 25, 2008


300 High School Students Seeking Health and Science Careers Expected to Attend

NEW YORK, April 25, 2008 – BET news correspondent Samson Styles will be the guest speaker at this year’s Gateway College Fair, Tuesday, April 29, at The City College of New York (CCNY). He will speak at 5:00 p.m. in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.

More than 300 high school students from the CCNY-based Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education are expected to hear Mr. Styles talk on how he overcame a turbulent childhood in Brooklyn to become a documentary filmmaker and award-winning news correspondent for BET.  A partnership of The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CCNY and the New York City Department of Education, Gateway prepares talented low income and minority New York City public school students for college and the pursuit of health and science-related careers.

Prior to Mr. Styles’ remarks, participants ranging from freshmen to juniors will be able to meet and talk with representatives from approximately 100 colleges and universities from around the country. Participating schools include Stanford University, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, Brown University, Cornell University, Howard University as well as several members of the CUNY and SUNY systems.

Since Gateway’s inception in 1986, 97% of the program’s 3,000 graduates have gone on to college, according to Dr. Morton Slater, Director of the Institute. A recent Gateway alumni survey showed that 10 percent went onto medical school, a figure 30 times greater than the national rate for ninth graders. The annual College Fair has played a key role in these success stories.

“The Gateway College Fair allowed me to meet, speak and learn about the different programs that different universities offer,” said Roslyn Joinvil, a Gateway alumna from Erasmus Hall High School who is now a sophomore at City College. “It gave me an idea of what I needed to apply for college and what to look for in the college of my choice.”

Ms. Joinvil, a Brooklyn resident, added that without the Gateway Program she would not have been able to participate in internships at Mount Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, nor would she have been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

For more information about the Gateway College Fair, please contact the Fair’s coordinator, Patty Rout, at (212) 650-6255 or prout@ccny.cuny.edu.

About The Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education

The Gateway Institute was founded in 1986 by the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education.  It prepares talented low income and minority New York City public high school students from across the five boroughs for college and the pursuit of health and science-related careers.  Gateway offers a team approach, a rigorous curriculum emphasizing science and math, as well as unique enrichment opportunities, including summer placements and access to cutting-edge technologies through partnerships with research organizations, hospitals, and other institutions. For more information, visit: http://www.gateway.cuny.edu/.

About The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

Since 1973, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education has offered a unique, seven-year B.S./M.D. program that integrates an undergraduate education with the first two years of medical school. After five years, students transfer seamlessly to one of six medical schools – Albany Medical College, Dartmouth Medical School, New York Medical College, New York University, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine or SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine – for the final two years. The School's mission is to increase accessibility to careers in medicine for underrepresented groups and to train primary care physicians to serve in medically underserved communities. Around 40 percent of its approximately 360 students are African-American or Hispanic. For more information, visit http://med.cuny.edu.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.