On Friday, July 13, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) joined Hofstra University to announce the launch of a new $240,000 Summer Science Research Fellowship.
Pairing some of Long Island’s brightest high school students with Hofstra faculty, the intensive five-week course will emphasize the development of environmental research projects related to the Mill River Basin watershed in southwest Nassau County.
Slated to run for four consecutive summers, the program is funded through GOSR’s Rebuild By Design (RBD) Living with the Bay Project and corresponds with overarching efforts to preserve the local environment and promote social resiliency. As this year’s session kicked off on Monday, July 9, it set out to foster a spirit of civic engagement and to spur independent thought for 18 talented students.
Applicants were selected from Hempstead High School, West Hempstead High School, South Side High School, Malverne Sr. High School, Oceanside Sr. High School, Oceanside High School Castleton, East Rockaway High School, and Lynbrook High School— all possessing significant low-income and minority student populations.
Participants were chosen based on their academic records, interests in science, teacher recommendations and in-person interviews. Throughout the program, students will gain hands-on research experience in the classroom— working in two-to-four person teams to to design and complete research projects related to the watershed.
This State-funded Summer Science Research Program is an updated version of the long-running Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP), which has for many years offered research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with Hofstra science faculty.
Read the press release here.
For more information about the $125 million Living with the Bay Project, visit: https://stormrecovery.ny.gov/living-bay.