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Summer Science Camps and Research Opportunities Available for Students at 12 Buffalo Schools

Release Date: June 26, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A number of exciting summer science and technology camps and research opportunities are still available for students in 12 Buffalo schools through the University at Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools' Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP).

These programs are the perfect opportunity for middle and high school students to learn, earn money and have fun during the summer.

The 12 participating schools are:

-- Charles Drew Science Magnet #59

-- Harriett Ross Tubman Academy #31

-- Lorraine Academy #72

-- Native American Magnet #19

-- Southside Elementary #93

-- Bennett High School #200

-- Burgard High School #301

-- East High School #307

-- Hutchinson Central Technical High School #304

-- Math, Science and Technology Preparatory School at Seneca #197

-- Riverside Institute of Technology High School #205

-- South Park High School #206

In addition to a unique learning experience, students are eligible for a cash stipend -- up to $500 for middle school students, up to $1,500 for high school students and $200 for students in one-week programs. To receive their stipends, students must finish the program in which they enroll.

Students and parents interested in the opportunities should contact Karen King, ISEP project director, at klking2@buffalo.edu or 716-645-4169.

The following four camps and programs are still available:

-- High School Science Apprenticeships at the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute: A free program for eighth-grade students to conduct experiments about evolution and present their results to classmates, laymen and scientists. The program, which began June 25, is held five days a week through July 20.

-- BEAM Camps: A free summer camp for female and minority high school students who are interested in exploring careers in engineering, architecture and technology. The program, run by Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities, is located at Daemen College, Buffalo State College and Canisius College from July 5-27, and at Erie County Community College from July 23-27.

-- National Grid UB School of Engineering Leadership Camp: A program for rising sophomores and juniors that aims to expose students to engineering disciplines, and to encourage them to enroll in an engineering curriculum. It is held from July 30 to Aug. 2, and applying students must have a GPA of at least 95 or 3.5.

A $100 deposit is required for participation, but ISEP will cover this cost for students from ISEP schools.

-- Computer Programming Internship: An internship for rising seniors to work with Kenneth Hoffmann from the Toshiba Stroke Research Institute in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Students learn the basics of programming in C language. Students will work 20 hours per week for six weeks in summer, and for five hours per week during the school year.

ISEP, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership of Western New York education institutions and community partners who are working to transform how science is taught in the Buffalo Public Schools. Through ISEP, UB and its partners serve 12 schools, and about 60 teachers and 3,000 students each year.

To learn more about ISEP, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/2011_10_13/science_grant.