Regeneron Announces Initiative for STEM Education in Hudson Valley
Fellowship Program in Collaboration with NASA, Teachers College, Columbia
University and STEM Education Leadership Center
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 3, 2014
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --In a new initiative to promote
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) education in New York's Hudson
Valley, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) today announced a
collaboration with NASA, Teachers College, Columbia University and the STEM
Education Leadership Center of Rye, New York to create the Hudson Valley STEM
Teaching Fellowship, a cutting edge professional development experience that
will train local teachers to integrate STEM into classroom instruction.
The new initiative was announced at a STEM Education Symposium held today at
Regeneron's corporate headquarters in Tarrytown.
"Regeneron is all about using cutting-edge science to understand biology and
develop new drugs," said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific
Officer of Regeneron and President of Regeneron Laboratories. "We believe it
is important to raise the level of science education in our communities to
graduate students who are scientifically literate, as from this soil will
spring the scientists of tomorrow. We are pleased to provide fellowships and
mentorships to enable this new teacher-training program, which builds on
several other science education programs sponsored by Regeneron."
Lawrence Perretto, Executive Director of the STEM Education Leadership Center
said, "Hudson Valley STEM Fellows will be engaged in three keys areas critical
to transforming science education: graduate studiesin STEM pedagogy
throughColumbia Teachers College, a professional science research experience
at Regeneron, and informal classroom training in STEM teaching methods with
award winning STEM educators."
Felicia Moore Mensah, PhD., Associate Professor of Science Education and
Program Coordinator, Science Education Program, Teachers College, Columbia
University, said, "This exciting initiative brings together STEM education
leaders and teachers who will be integrating STEM content and pedagogy. We
are pleased to support this exciting initiative through NASA's Endeavor STEM
Teaching Certificate Project. We are excited about the many new approaches to
STEM education that all participants will experience."
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said Westchester is proud to
be "New York's Intellectual Capital," where over 45 percent of residents age
25 and up have at least a bachelor's degree. "The jobs of today and tomorrow
require a strong STEM foundation," Astorino said. "I am so thankful to our
partners at Regeneron for taking our shared vision to the next level by
generously funding the STEM Teaching Fellowship. Once again, Regeneron is
giving back in a way that will benefit our children, schools, communities and
economy for years to come."
Ten high-school teachers from the Hudson Valley will be selected through a
competitive application process as Regeneron Fellows to participate in the
STEM Teaching Fellowship program. The STEM Education Leadership Center will
form a selection committee consisting of science education experts from
Teachers College and scientists from Regeneron. Applicants must hold a valid
New York State certification in science or technology education. The
fellowship program, which runs from Summer 2014 to Summer 2015, consists of
the following three experiences:
NASA Endeavor Coursework
Fellows will earn a nine-credit graduate certificate in STEM education from
Columbia University, in partnership with the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching
Coursework is delivered live online with interactive lectures. U.S. Satellite
Laboratories administers the NASA Endeavor program at Teachers College. Upon
completing the coursework, Fellows will receive a STEM Leadership Certificate
from Teachers College, NASA Endeavor and U.S. Satellite.
Regeneron Science Mentorship
Fellows will engage in research at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals laboratories in
Tarrytown where they will be assigned to research teams led by a Regeneron
scientist who will serve as team leader and mentor. Mentors will engage
Fellows in real time research projects in the mentor's scientific specialty.
Informal STEM Classroom Internship
Fellows will take part in professional development experiences with STEM
master teachers in which they learn how engineering design and technology are
integrated in the modern science classroom. This prepares fellows for
leadership opportunities in one of the STEM Education Leadership Center's
informal science programs.
The STEM Teaching Fellowship program builds on the Westchester STEM
Initiative, a pilot program for Mount Vernon school students funded by
Regeneron and the Westchester County Youth Bureau. The 2013 program engaged
under-representedMount Vernonstudents through the Westchester Jewish
Community Services "Off The Street" program that trains and employs students
from Mount Vernon High School as tutors or mentors for elementary school
children. The program provides Project Based Learning experiences using
Apple^® iPads that enable students to integrate technology and science
knowledge in the engineering context of problem solving.
About Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Regeneron is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company based in
Tarrytown, New York, that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and
commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions.
Regeneron markets medicines for eye diseases, colorectal cancer, and a rare
inflammatory condition and has product candidates in development in other
areas of high unmet medical need, including hypercholesterolemia, rheumatoid
arthritis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. For additional information about
the company, please visit www.regeneron.com.
About STEM Education Leadership Center
The STEM Education Leadership Center is dedicated to building meaningful
partnerships with policy makers, public and private school districts,
institutions of higher education, local governments, and the business
community with the goal of creating and delivering high-quality STEM education
for students and teachers. Based in Rye, NY, the STEM Education Leadership
Center has partnered with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, US Satellite Laboratory,
Westchester Jewish Community Services, and theWestchester County Youth Bureau
to design and deliver after school STEM experiences for students in Mount
Vernon, NY. For additional information about the Center, please visit
About the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project
The Endeavor Science Teacher Certificate Project, or ESTCP, awards over 50
fellowships each year to in-service, alternative-route and pre-service formal
educators contributing to the development of a science, technology,
engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce based on NASA content and
educational materials. The project helps to ensure that the Certificate in
STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, contributes toward
teacher licensure or national board certification, assisting Fellows in
becoming "highly qualified" science or mathematics teachers. Fellows may earn
a "Leadership Distinction" designation on their ESTCP Certificate. The ESTCP
improves teachers' knowledge of pedagogical content as educators demonstrate
changes in practice and apply science concepts.
Manisha Narasimhan, Ph.D. Peter Dworkin
Investor Relations Corporate Communications
SOURCE Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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