Four students from the Malverne schools have been accepted into the inaugural class of the Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES. These teens will be part of a pioneering educational program – Long Island’s first science-centered high school. For the next four years, they will work with scientists and engineers from world-famous institutions, such as Brookhaven National and Cold Spring Harbor laboratories.
Students are selected through a rigorous admissions process based on academic performance, extracurricular involvement, teacher recommendations and demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They will begin in the ninth grade and pursue a challenging course of study in engineering, research, robotics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
The students are Christina Sangeniti, Chidozie Alonzie, Alyssa McDaniel and Alexis Murry.
“The participating districts such as Malverne are showing true visionary spirit by providing their students with an outstanding opportunity to learn alongside scientists from internationally recognized institutions in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a single district,” said Dr. Thomas Rogers, District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES. “The caliber of the students is outstanding. They are passionate about these subjects and excited to be able to work with peers who share their enthusiasm.”
Student Chidozie Alonzie said, “What excites me about science and math is when I walk into the classroom and I see a match problem, a diagram or an organism of the board and I know I can do this no matter the question.” He wants to be a neurosurgeon.
“I can’t wait to go to the program, especially for the science and technology portion because I really like learning about how things operate and how to make things function better and be more productive,” said student Alexis Murry.
“I am most looking forward to working with the scientists,” said Alyssa McDaniel, who wants to be a marine biologist.
In addition to Malverne, students have been accepted to the Doshi STEM Program from Baldwin, Hicksville, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Uniondale and Westbury school districts.
The Doshi STEM Program will be located in a wing of Nassau BOCES’ Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset. Classes start on Wednesday, Sept. 4.