FSC Encourages Local Students to Grow into STEM Careers

On Thursday, March 14, 2024, Farmingdale State College (FSC) hosted nearly 200 high school and middle school students from over a dozen local school districts at its annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Diversity Summit. 

Held in Nold Athletic Complex, the day-long event featured a variety of interactive and engaging STEM workshops in Lupton Hall, student project poster presentations, networking opportunities, and a keynote address from Dr. Saranna Belgrave-Banton, an assistant adjunct professor from Hunter College’s Department of Biological Sciences and a dedicated advocate for STEM career paths. 

“The primary mission of the STEM Diversity Summit is bringing you here and getting you excited about the idea of pursing STEM education, excited and committed to the idea of pursuing careers in STEM fields,” said Janice Rivera, executive director of FSC’s Department of Academic and Support Services and STEM Diversity Summit co-chair. “We also want you to see that any and every dream and goal you have is possible. We want you to understand that there are limitless possibilities out there for you. And our goal is to try and get you motivated to do them.” 

“We believe here at Farmingdale State College that talent is very widely distributed but sometimes opportunity is not. And we want to be sure as broad and representative a group of students as possible get exposure to the STEM fields,” said John S. Nader, PhD, president of FSC, the largest College of Technology in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. “If one student here today pursues a career in a STEM field, who otherwise would not have pursued, then this event is absolutely a success. We are here for you. I wish you a great day.” 

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