Registration for the second Neurological Surgery P.C. Health Science Competition (NSPC HSC), a program of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL), is now open at CSTL.org/NSPC. Last year the competition drew teams from 38 Long Island high schools and 50 prize winners shared $80,000 in score-based awards.
The competition was created to foster interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Applications for the 2020 competition must be received by no later than noon (EST) on April 30, 2020. A $25 non-refundable registration fee per team applies to all entries. The NSPC HSC is available exclusively to Nassau and Suffolk County high-school student teams. The competition’s finals will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Health and science careers are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported 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,” notes 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.”
Student teams will be judged in one of five categories: behavioral sciences; biology–medicine/health; biology–microbiology/genetics; health-related biochemistry/biophysics, and bioengineering and computational biology. The five first-place winners in last year’s competition were: Feyi Rufai of Roslyn High School in the “Behavioral Sciences” category, Alessi Demir of Manhasset High School in the “Biology–Medicine/Health” category, Michael Lawes of Elmont Memorial High School in the “Biology–Microbiology/Genetics” category, Jason Sitt of Lynbrook Senior High School in the “Health Related Biochemistry & Biophysics” category, and Christopher Lu of John L. Miller Great Neck North High School in the “Bioengineering and Computational Biology” category. Each winner received a $5,500 prize. The exact breakdown of prizes can be found at CSTL.org/nspc/hsc-prizes.
“The young people who were part of the first competition,” observes Dr. Brisman, “were brilliant and inspiring. Their understanding of medicine and health-related subjects was impressive. These students are exactly what we need to address the high demand to STEM, health science, and healthcare-related jobs here on Long Island and across the nation. The first NSPC Health Science Competition exceeded our goals in terms of the number of schools and students who competed. I believe the 2020 competition will further motivate both those who participate and others, who observed these innovative young people, to pursue their interest and careers in healthcare and related sciences.”
For more information about the NSPC Health Science Competition (NSPC HSC), competition rules, and deadlines, visit CSTL.org/nspc or call 516-764-0045.