As an extension of their classroom studies, Babylon High School’s ninth- and 10th-grade research students had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Stony Brook University’s Cancer Research Center and participate in a grant program with the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.
The BBCC asked the students to help decide who would receive the funds raised throughout the year by the coalition. After reading and discussing the research proposals submitted by Stony Brook scientists, the students voted on which proposal they felt most deserved the grant from a scientific standpoint.
Throughout the day, the students also had the chance to visit Stony Brook Hospital to speak with world-renowned researchers at the Cancer Center, take private tours of the state-of-the-art laboratories to observe and participate in cutting-edge cancer research, and learn about new technologies being implemented in fighting cancer. The day culminated with a tour of a life sciences laboratory on the campus, and the presentation of the check from the BBCC to the grant winner Dr. Jian Cao, who took students on a tour of his lab and shared his research with students as well.
“This was truly a one-of-a-kind day that all students came away from with a greater understanding and respect for what local scientists are doing to combat a deadly disease right here on Long Island,” said Babylon research teacher Claire Birone.