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John Jay And Peekskill Students Explore Chemistry At BASF Science Academy

Students graduate from the program with two transferable college science credits to encourage their pursuit of science education. In addition, FDU offers graduates $5,000 scholarships if they choose to attend FDU in the fall of 2016.
Students graduate from the program with two transferable college science credits to encourage their pursuit of science education. In addition, FDU offers graduates $5,000 scholarships if they choose to attend FDU in the fall of 2016. Photo Credit: File

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Andy Lin of Peekskill High School and Daniel Fay of John Jay Senior High School joined students from across the U.S., Canada and Central America for a preview of college and the business of chemistry during the fifth annual BASF Science Academy.

The two week summer science program, developed by BASF Corporation, is held at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Madison, New Jersey.

“The Science Academy aspires to develop the technology based workforce of the future by exposing students to practical business applications and potential careers in chemistry,” said Gary Hutchinson, Site Director for BASF in Peekskill. “This is especially important to BASF since we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary this year. It’s simply not possible to exist for 150 years and become the world’s leading chemical company without developing a strong pool of talented innovators.”

The Science Academy targets rising seniors who have demonstrated a record of academic excellence with at least one year of high school chemistry and a strong interest in pursuing a degree in science.

“The partnership between business and academia is a successful model for helping students to understand the practical applications of what they are learning,” said Amber Charlebois, Associate Professor of Chemistry at FDU. “I am excited to be a part of the experiences and progress the students make during the intensive two week program.”

Following the curriculum theme “From Molecules to Marketplace,” students learn next-level science from FDU professors and interact with BASF scientists and business leaders through lectures, hands-on lab experiments and field trips.

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