Improving education at all levels in science, mathematics, engineering and technology has been cited in several national reports as being critical to America’s future prosperity. In addition to its role as a major research center, Brookhaven National Laboratory supports its scientific mission by helping to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Lab offers informal educational programs and research experiences for elementary school students through post-doctoral fellows, as well as professional development programs for teachers. In FY 2009, more than 34,000 elementary, middle, and high school students, about 250 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 2,000 teachers participated in educational programs at Brookhaven Lab.
• Brookhaven Lab’s Open Space Stewardship Program is working with 35 local school districts to integrate exploration of the outdoor environment into their science curriculum. About 2,500 students participated in the program in FY 2009.
• Brookhaven Lab provides professional development programs for teachers, and research internships for more than 250 undergraduate and graduate students each year – either through their work with scientific staff who are conducting research at the Lab or through special programs for college and university students, such as the Lab’s annual summer courses on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear chemistry.
• Each year, about 100 high school students participate in summer research workshops and internships at the Laboratory.
• The Faculty and Student Teams program gives faculty and undergraduate students from colleges and universities an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge while using Brookhaven’s research facilities for the summer. This program specifically targets institutions with students underrepresented in science, engineering, math and technology. In 2009, 25 of these teams conducted research at Brookhaven.
in economic impact generated by Brookhaven Lab and its visitors
in goods and services purchased from
New York State companies, including
from Long Island companies
invested in new facilities and renovations
paid to New York State contractors, including
to Long Island contractors
in total funding
living on Long Island
jobs directly supported in construction and related industries in New York State inluding
with Long Island contractors
jobs created throughout New York State
visiting researchers from university, corporate and government institutions, nearly
from New York State
growth in employment from 2006 to 2009