S.T.E.M. Honors Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Through a generous grant from the Oishei Foundation, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart created a STEM Honors Program. The STEM Honors Program allows selected students the opportunity to accelerate their studies in the areas of math and science through summer course work. Girls graduate with at least two AP courses in both math and science as well as at least one AP in Computer Science. In addition, the Honors program involves exposure to STEM professions and topics through cohort activities and the Senior Summer Experience. Selection is competitive and based on demonstrated aptitude in math and science. Potential students are identified after the first semester of their ninth grade year.
Sequencing for STEM Honors Program:
- Summer between 9th and 10th grade: Pre-AP Chemistry
- 10th grade: AP Chemistry
- Summer between 10th and 11th grade: Pre-Calculus Honors
- 11th grade: AP Calculus AB, Honors Physics, AP Computer Science Principles
- Summer between 11th and 12th grade: Senior Summer Experience in STEM *
- 12th grade: AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics or AP Computer Science A and AP Physics C or AP Biology
In addition, there are semi-annual cohort activities during 10, 11 and 12th grade. These have included attendance at Women in STEM Summit at UB, WE Engineering @ RIT, and hands-on activities at the BNMC and Jacobs Institute, and Moog.
Mary Canty '10, PhD., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, Leonard Epstein, PhD., SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chief, Behavioral Medicine, University at Buffalo; Maureen Finney, PhD. Dean, School of Health Professions, D’Youville College, Sean Gartland, Independent Engineer; Patricia Haberman, DDS; Private Practice and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Restorative Dentistry, University at Buffalo; Candace Johnson, President and CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Mariusz Kozik, PhD., Chair of Chemistry, Canisius College; Marnie LaVigne, CEO, Launch NY; Pamela Marcucci, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Development, Communications & Training, Jacobs Institute; Sr. Terri Miklitsch, OSF, Senior Academic Advisor, School of Engineering, University at Buffalo; Kathleen Murphy, Manager, CIT Network & Classroom Services Project Management Office, University at Buffalo; Sue Nowicki, Director of Engineering, Northrup Grumman; Andrea Pasieka, Director of Actuarial Services & Underwriting, Independent Health; Jennifer Rosenberg, PhD., Assistant Dean and Director of Advisement and Admissions, School of Pharmacy, University at Buffalo; Phil Snyder, Principal, Stieglitz Snyder Architecture; and Ann Wegrzyn, Vice President, National Fuel Gas
*2017 Senior Summer Experiences: Surgical (including Robotics) Experience at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Laboratory Techniques and Practices at UB Behavioral Medicine; Additive Manufacturing Hands On Experience, Buffalo Manufacturing Works; Crisis Intervention Scenario & Disease Outbreak Investigation, UB School of Public Health & Health Professions; Behind the Scenes Tour of UB Engineering; Building a Website with Faith Oscio; Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour at Darwin Martin House, Career Exploration and Tour at Praxair; Bak Manufacturing Tour; and Mathematic mapping with UB Math professor Sarah Muldoon.
Additional STEM Opportunities/Full School Benefits:
The grant also allowed us to invest in our Science Olympiad Team and Rocketry Club, purchase a laser cutter and 3D Printers, and add courses in AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Engineering, iPad Digital Photography I, II, and 3D Design and Computer Animation I, II.