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June 25, 2007

CCNY INSTITUTE PROMOTES MINORITY PARTICIPATION IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS

NEW YORK, June 25, 2007 -- One hundred and fifty top New York City high school students will participate in this year’s STEM Institute summer program, July 2 – August 10, run by The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering.

In its 15th year, the STEM Institute is a six-week academic enrichment program, whose acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It encourages talented Latinos, female and other underrepresented minority and disadvantaged high school students in grades 9-11 to pursue careers in engineering, computer science, science, mathematics, entrepreneurship and teaching. 

STEM also prepares students for the greater demands of college-level study and helps them adjust to campus life. Participants receive both college and high school credits, free college courses at CCNY and academic and tutoring support.

The program was created in 1992 with support from NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE). The latter, a non-profit center for academic and professional excellence, received the 2004 White House Mentoring Award for the program. 

Among the STEM Institute’s current sponsors are CUNY’s College NOW Program at City College, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at CCNY, NOAA CREST at CCNY, the CMMS Research Program at CCNY, and the New York City Department of Education.   

STEM’s offering includes:

  • Instructions from engineering, math and science instructors, as well as high school teachers;
  • Career information and development sessions;
  • Talks by major corporation reps (NASA, Verizon, IBM, Xerox, etc.) and CCNY professors on career choices in engineering and science-related disciplines;
  • CUNY Honors programs and research opportunity workshops;
  • Work with CCNY Professors and graduate engineering students on projects such as the FIRST LEGO Robotic project, the NASA rocket ship and bridges. 

The program is free but participants require a minimum high school average of 85% or higher as well as averages of at least 90% in math. 

For more information, contact Otto Marte at marte@ccny.cuny.edu or Marisol Cabrera at (212) 650-6190, or visit http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/engineering/stem/.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, formerly the CCNY School of Engineering, is the only public engineering school within New York City. It offers Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country. On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees named the School in honor of Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the CCNY Class of 1960, and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.

About The City College of New York

For 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 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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