This summer, GOSR and Hofstra University kicked off 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 emphasized 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 the Living with the Bay Project and aims to engage the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards on Long Island. As it fosters a spirit of civic engagement and independent thought, the educational endeavor also promotes enhanced social resiliency in the community and efforts to preserve and promote the local environment.
This year’s session began on Monday, July 9 and included 18 talented applicants— 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 schools with significant low-income and minority student populations.
Students were chosen based on their academic records, their interests in science, teacher recommendations and in-person interviews. Gaining hands-on research experience in the classroom, students will work in two-to-four person teams to design and complete discrete research projects targeted at deepening understanding of the watershed’s environment.
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.