FDU STEM Academy Outreach Programs Appreciation

Stephanie Stern-Protz, North Bergen STEM Academy, NASA Endeavor Fellow, NASA GISS Teacher/ Associate Researcher, provided updates on past STEM Academy participants. Majority of North Bergen STEM Academy and FDU STEM Academy graduates are continuing their STEM education.

Faculty from FDU’s Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, led by Director Dr. Alfredo Tan, welcomed student participants and representatives from corporate foundations that support the FDU STEM Academy on Friday, April 13 at the Frank Giovatto Library at the Metropolitan Campus.

Dr. Tan facilitated a tour of the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering’s laboratories in Becton Hall for the corporate foundation representatives. Immediately following the tour University Provost Gillian Small addressed guests. She reflected on how science suffers without diversity. Involving more people, with various backgrounds and insights, expands the types of questions that get asked and the solutions that come out of scientific inquiry.

The FDU STEM Academy enrolls local high school students into college-level STEM programs to nurture their interests in the sciences and to provide a college-based experience. The goals of the program are to encourage young and underrepresented students to pursue math and science in college and to help diversify the STEM workforce. The program has grown from its inception in 2005 with just one program and one participating high school to three programs impacting over a dozen high school districts. Nearly 2,000 students have benefited from the program, and almost half have enrolled in bachelor degree programs in STEM.

(man standing in back) Rodney Harp, Lead Applications Developer, UPS, (front row standing, left to right) Jaylynne Garcia, Andrew Heinzmann, Marti Salazar, Bryan Escobar, Yunior Toribio, Louay Serour.
Funders in picture are: Kelly Jensen, Field Administrative Assistant, Walmart, Staceey Smith, HR Training Coordinator, Stephanie Gonzalez, HR, Personnel Coordinator.
(back row standing, left to right) Ayah Hassan, Louay Serour, Jane Kurek, Executive Director, Provident Bank Foundation, Bryce Coughlin, First Vice President & Market Manager, Marti Salazar, Yunior Toribio, (bottom row sitting) Andrew Heinzmann, Jaylynne Garcia, Bryan Escobar .

The 2017-2018 corporate sponsors of the FDU STEM Academy include the Olsen Foundation, UPS, Walmart, Provident Bank Foundation, PSEG Foundation, BD, Best Buy, Bayer USA Foundation, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, and Verizon via the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.