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Bristol-Myers Squibb Grants Help K-12 Educators Bring Science to Life and Help Students Explore Their Interests in the Sciences



  Bristol-Myers Squibb Grants Help K-12 Educators Bring Science to Life and
  Help Students Explore Their Interests in the Sciences and Science-Based
  Careers

Business Wire

PRINCETON, N.J. -- June 18, 2013

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced more than $500,000 in
new grants to more than a dozen educational institutions and organizations
working to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) in K-12 schools and colleges in New Jersey.

As a global biopharmaceutical leader, Bristol-Myers Squibb has for many years
supported innovative learning opportunities in the sciences for children who
attend schools in the communities where its employees live and work. In
central New Jersey, which is home to three of the company’s six global
research and development centers, the company focuses on promoting hands-on,
inquiry-based learning activities that enable students to explore their
interests in the sciences and science-related careers.

This is accomplished in two ways: by helping educators discover new ways to
bring science to life and inspire K-12 learners and by providing meaningful
opportunities for students to learn – and apply their learning – about topics
such as biology, chemistry, genetics, robotics, engineering, alternative
energy and environmental science.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Centers for Science Teaching and Learning at Rider
University in Lawrenceville and at Montclair State University in Montclair are
the company’s signature investments in STEM education in New Jersey. These
centers, which each work with more than a dozen school districts and private
schools in central and northern New Jersey, respectively, are changing how
in-service and pre-service K-12 educators learn to teach science and
mathematics. A third Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Teaching and Learning is
located at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, near the company’s
fourth U.S.-based R&D center in Wallingford, Connecticut.

“To function in our rapidly changing world it is essential that high school
graduates leave prepared to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary
education competent in fundamental scientific content as well as scientific
reasoning and habits of mind,” says Kathleen M. Browne, Ph.D., outgoing
director, of the SELECT program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science
Teaching and Learning at Rider University. “Rider SELECT programs have worked
with many districts for 12 years to help teachers help students learn most
effectively through inquiry instruction and science practices and through
connected learning strategies aligned with state standards. Engaging students
in the practice of science and in the study of those practices is essential
for effective learning. We have been fortunate to do so through generous
funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and
other foundations.”

In addition to emphasizing the use of the scientific method as a tool for
inquiry and exploration, the centers help teachers develop deep content
knowledge, understand how scientific concepts at various grade levels fit into
a larger context for students as they progress from elementary school to high
school, and employ instructional technology to improve learning outcomes.

Recent grants to Rider University have supported the CONNECT-ED teacher
professional development program; Rider’s STEM Teacher Academy, where high
school students who are interested in becoming teachers of science,
mathematics or technology engage in inquiry-based learning activities related
to biology and ecology; and Project SEED, an initiative co-sponsored by Rider
and the American Chemical Society that provides disadvantaged urban teenagers
who have a passion for chemistry an opportunity to work as research assistants
for projects in Rider's labs.

Recent grants to Montclair State University have supported the PRISM teacher
professional development program and development of a forthcoming curriculum
to help New Jersey teachers meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Standard 9.1 for
21^st Century Life and Career Skills. The company also has supported Montclair
State’s PharmFest, a biennial event that brings together leaders and
scientists from New Jersey’s biotech and pharmaceutical life sciences
industry, college students, educators and community members to exchange
information about new trends and developments in this key sector of the
state’s economy.

The Rider and Montclair State centers also are working with the New Jersey
Department of Education to help schools across the state prepare for the
anticipated adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards.

"With our most recent grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, we will be able to
advance this work by guiding 15 districts through a gap analysis of their
science programs as they prepare for the possible state adoption of the
recently released national Next Generation Science Standards,” says Cathlene
Leary-Elderkin, incoming director, of the SELECT program at the Bristol-Myers
Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Rider University. “These
standards are designed to help students more effectively build knowledge of
disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering
practices coherently through the grades.”

“Bristol-Myers Squibb’s support has made it possible for Montclair State
University and partnered schools to improve the teaching of science in New
Jersey classrooms by providing professional development in science for
teachers when district budgets have not been able to support ongoing and
effective professional development,” says Jacalyn Willis, Ph.D., PRISM
director at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning
at Montclair State University. “Teachers who participate in our programs have
been able to develop and maintain close relationships with Montclair State
University’s staff of pedagogy experts, scientists and experienced educators
for continuous improvement in classroom effectiveness.” PRISM has expanded its
reach by providing videoconferencing opportunities for students to connect
with Montclair State and Smithsonian researchers in rainforest locations,
which “makes the processes of science come alive beyond what any textbook can
accomplish,” Dr. Willis adds.

Other significant STEM grants announced today support these programs in New
Jersey:

  * Trenton Public Education Foundation – Expansion of a Robotics Technology
    program in place at Trenton Central High School to include the Trenton
    School District’s four elementary schools and four middle schools. The
    Robotics Technology program encourages students to discover and develop a
    passion for further study in the STEM areas and allows them to work
    side-by-side with mentors and professionals in STEM fields.
  * New Brunswick Education Foundation – Expansion of a Robotics Club
    currently offered at New Brunswick Middle School to become year-round and
    include the district’s elementary schools and high school. The program
    will extend into summer and include a mentoring component that will enable
    former middle school students (now in high school) to coach elementary and
    middle school grades.
  * Boys & Girls Club of Trenton – Introductory and graduated STEM programs
    for underserved youths in the Club’s afterschool, summer camp and teen
    programs, including higher-level learning opportunities for Club members
    who plan to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. The project aligns with
    the Club’s strategic plan to increase the number of members that graduate
    from high school and enter a post-high school career path.
  * Civic League of Greater New Brunswick – Continued funding for an
    afterschool program supported by prior grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb
    for elementary students that emphasizes STEM. Students work on projects
    involving bridge-making, botany, web site development and other
    science-based themes.
  * Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association – A scholarship program for
    youths from Trenton to attend a weeklong session at the Watershed’s
    Environmental Education Day Camp to broaden their understanding of the
    environment and the need to protect it. The grant also funds an internship
    for a young adult from Trenton who will work with the students this
    summer.

Bristol-Myers Squibb also awarded grants to The College of New Jersey in
Ewing, New Jersey; Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey;
Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey; and Delaware Valley College in
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to support programs that enable students to gain
real-life experience performing scientific research in biology, chemistry,
biochemistry and biotechnology in close collaboration with a faculty mentor.

For the past three years, Bristol-Myers Squibb has supported Monmouth
University’s Summer Research Program, funding scholarships for about a dozen
students for an intensive 12-week student-faculty collaborative research
experience. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholars’ work has led to conference
presentations at regional, national and international conferences, as well as
a provisional patent application and peer-reviewed research publication. In
addition, recent Monmouth University science graduates supported by
Bristol-Myers Squibb have entered M.S. and Ph.D. programs in related fields at
top institutions across the country.

“We know that students learn science best in a hands-on setting, and one very
effective way to do this is to provide them with research experience as early
as possible,” says Michael Palladino, Ph.D., dean, School of Science, and
associate professor of biology, Monmouth University. “The Summer Research
Program can be held up as an example of how early-stage funding to support
student interest in research will stimulate students to pursue their education
in the sciences.”

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to
discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail
over serious diseases. For more information, please visit www.bms.com or
follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bmsnews.

Contact:

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Frederick Egenolf, 609-252-4875
frederick.egenolf@bms.com
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