The NSPC Health Science Scholarship Competition is the first of its kind health science scholarship competition in the nation. This competition is exclusively for high school students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York.
Student teams will be judged in one of seven categories at the competition to be held on May 30: Behavioral Sciences; Biology—Medicine/Health; Biology—Microbiology/Genetics; Health Related Biochemistry/Biophysics and Bioengineering and Computational Biology.
The competition is sponsored by Rockville Centre, NY-based Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC), Long Island’s largest, private neurosurgery practice and administered by the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) also of Rockville Centre.
Student competitors will work in teams to develop and create presentations which they will showcase during the competition. Projects must focus on human health science and finding solutions to health-related issues. Students will vie for $80,000 in monetary prizes and other recognitions. For rules and to apply for the competition, visit www.CSTL.org/nspc. The registration fee for students to enter the competition is $25 and the registration deadline is 4 p.m. on April 30.
Since the competition was announced in September 2018, a number of schools have begun preparing their team projects. Representatives of NSPC and CSTL will be visiting schools and hosting events in the coming months to inspire more students to be part of the competition.
Health and science careers are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare related occupations are expected to generate 2.3 million new jobs through 2024, representing faster employment growth than any other industry.
“As leaders in the medical profession,” noted Michael H. Brisman, M.D., an attending neurosurgeon and chief executive officer of Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC), “we must focus on inspiring and motivating young people to take interest in STEM education and pursue careers in health and science. This is especially important with the high demand for healthcare and medical science positions, locally and nationally.”
“Despite the high demand for healthcare and medical science industries, we are still seeing far too few American high school graduates pursuing these related studies,” said Dr. Ray Ann Havasy of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), a nonprofit organization. “This competition,” she notes, “seeks to highlight this issue and be part of the solution. Working with the professionals at NSPC, we are supporting and encouraging our next generation’s interest in higher education and careers in STEM fields.”
The competition has already attracted a large number of entries, so student teams are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Long Island high school principals, science teachers, and guidance counselors are asked to share this information and encourage students to participate.
For more information about the NSPC Health Science Scholarship Competition, competition rules and deadlines, visit www.csti.org, call 516-764-0045 or email Kevin Sanders at NSPC@csti.org.
—Submitted by Neurological Surgery, P.C.