Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) held its 2nd Annual YPIE Regeneron STEM Symposium on May 28th. The YPIE Regeneron STEM Institute, funded through a generous grant from Regeneron, is a three-year program during which students conduct in-depth scientific research and earn up to 12 college credits.
More than 25 10th-12th grade students from across the Yonkers Public High Schools presented their science research on topics that included environmental science, cellular and molecular science, medicine and health, behavioral science, and computer science and engineering.
Dr. Edwin Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, spoke about the importance of pursuing a path in science and medicine. Dr. Lisa Purcell, Senior Staff Scientist at Regeneron, shared the inspiring story about her path into science and her research into malaria treatments, as well as advice for the next generation of scientists.
Citlalli, Perpetua, and Emily, three YPIE Seniors, presented their original science research for which they have received awards at county-wide science competitions. They also shared the impact of being involved in this program and their intention to continue their scientific studies as they start college in the fall.
YPIE Regeneron STEM Scholars work closely with mentors from several organizations, including Iona College, Mount Sinai, The New York Botanical Garden, New York Medical College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Teatown Reservation.
YPIE will welcome more than 30 new YPIE Scholars into the YPIE Regeneron STEM Institute in the coming school year.
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