SUNY Receives $2.95 Million NSF Grant to Expand Education Pipeline with STEM Mentoring Across NY

Sep 5, 2012

The State University of New York has received a National Science Foundation Grant to Expand the so-called "Education Pipeline" with STEM Mentoring across the state - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has announced the award of a $2.95 million NSF grant to SUNY, the New York Academy of Sciences, and SUNY Empire State College.

The grant will enable SUNY and the New York Academy to introduce the program in high-need, low-resource urban and rural communities throughout New York State over the next three years.

SUNY Empire State College Professor Dr. Phillip Ortiz, area coordinator and mentor in Natural Science at the college’s Center for Distance Learning, explains the project is based on an NSF initiative that was tried and proven in New York City.

The SUNY/Academy model is unique in that it involves the creation of a scaling mechanism to allow for maximum local innovation and adaptation, while retaining the core elements of the program. Ortiz says it also utilizes an online platform to deliver the content-based mentor training and to provide support to the young scientists/mentors statewide.

The program initially will be implemented by SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Capital District, and SUNYIT in Utica-Rome.

By the end of the third year, a best practices guide will be produced by the SUNY/Academy team to help interested universities determine capacity for implementing similar programs at their campuses. Additional campuses will be selected in subsequent years using a Request for Proposals selection process.