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ESF Receives $1.3 Million NSF Grant

Support for ESF in the High School Program


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) received a three-year $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the college's ESF in the High School program.

The grant recognizes success and growth of the five-year old program. The money will be used to augment ESF in the High School with the Enhancing Scientific Literacy Through Environmental Science project. To celebrate this achievement, a reception for administrators and teachers from participating schools as well as ESF faculty and administrators will be held May 1 from 3-5 p.m. in the Bray Hall rotunda on the ESF campus.

Five years ago, three area school districts collaborated with the college to implement ESF in the High School; for this, Marcellus, DeRuyter and Skaneateles school districts will receive special honors at the reception. The college will also recognize the more than 20 school districts across Central New York that currently participate in ESF in the High School.

ESF in the High School enables qualified high school students to earn college credit while exploring the complex scientific and social issues behind environmental problems through the Global Environmental course.

The Enhancing Scientific Literacy Through Environmental Science project will allow secondary school science teachers, eight graduate and four undergraduate teaching fellows and high school students, to establish a unique multidisciplinary teaching and learning partnership. The Environmental Summit, a student science research symposium, will highlight this research and serve as the program's culminating event.

This project builds upon a collaboration between ESF, the Syracuse City School District and ESF in the High School partner school districts.

For more information, contact Dr. Dudley J. Raynal, dean of instruction and graduate studies, at 315-470-6599 or Dr. Charles M. Spuches, associate dean, at 470-6817.