STEM Research Institute

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This program – founded at Columbia University in 1990 and at Questar III BOCES in 2014 – provides an opportunity for secondary school STEM teachers to work side-by-side with researchers to conduct authentic scientific research in an area related to the courses they teach.

The hands-on experience includes paid summer lab work at local research facilities, professional development time to create lessons and a second-year mentor program.

The program was originally founded by Dr. Samuel Silverstein, John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and cellular Biophysics and Professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In early 2014, Dr. Silverstein visited Questar III to discuss the program, its impact, and ways it can be expanded into our region. Since being founded in 1990, the program at Columbia University has helped to train New York City science teachers in research techniques and led to improved practice in the classroom and increased scores on Regents Exams in science.

Research shows the program has significantly enhanced the interest and proficiency of students in the classrooms of participating teachers, as well as increased teachers interest and proficiency in science. There are also clear cost savings since fewer students are repeating mandated science courses and assessments needed to graduate.

Recognizing our STEM Research Institute Partners

On Dec. 6, we recognized teachers and business partners who took part in our Summer STEM Research Institute this summer.

STEM Research Institute hosts Congressman Paul Tonko

On Wednesday, August 15, Congressman Paul Tonko met with teachers, mentors and business partners from Questar III’s STEM Research Institute.

Summer STEM Q&A – Tom Guile, Coxsackie-Athens CSD

In his second year in the Summer STEM Research Institute, Coxsackie-Athens CSD Teacher Tom Guile is working at SUNY Polytechnic Institute studying electricity and light.

Summer STEM Q&A – Leonard Bacon Schodack CSD

Leonard Bacon teaches Earth Science & Environmental Science at Schodack CSD. In his second year in the STEM Research Program, he is working at RPI.

Questar III receives grant for Summer STEM Research Institute

On July 27, PhRMA and New York Health Works awarded Questar III one of two STEM Talent Pipeline Grants for its Summer STEM Research Institute.

2018 Participants:

Janice Balogh (2nd year) Mathematics, Schodack CSD
Tech Valley Center of Gravity

Kyle Crawford (2nd year) Technology, Coxsackie-Athens CSD
LoDolce Manufacturing

Edward Bryden (2nd year) Technology, Rensselaer CSD
Monolith Solar

Ryan Debrosky (2nd year) Mathematics, Lansingburgh CSD
National Grid

Kristopher Navratil (2nd year) Technology, Schodack CSD
Tech Valley Center of Gravity (Utilization of tools/systems in makerspace)

Leonard Bacon (2nd year) Science, Schodack CSD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Climate Change Research)

Nicole Freeman (2nd year) Mathematics, Averill Park CSD
NYSDOH Wadsworth Labs

Tom Guile (4th year) Engineering, Coxsackie-Athens CSD
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Deb Mabey (2nd year) Science, Hoosick Falls CSD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Fauna and flora research in terms of environmental containments)

Sam Ziebel (1st year) Science, Troy CSD
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Tim Ryan (1st year) Math/Computer Science, Schodack CSD
Global Foundries

Read more about why Questar III has implemented this program here.

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