Released 8/26/98

Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Phone: 516-344-2347 or 344-5056





Twenty-eight minority high school students got an inside scoop on science from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory during two four-week sessions in the Laboratory's Summer Apprenticeship Research Program. The students attended morning lectures in physics, biology, chemistry and environmental science, and visited relevant facilities in the afternoon during each weekday. The aim of the program is to encourage students' interest in science. Lorna Coppola (seated, center), a teacher at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton and a volunteer in Brookhaven's summer program, said she plans to bring back her new knowledge about science to her own classroom. Ms. Coppola knows the benefits of the Laboratory program from her son, who participated in it as a ninth-grader, and who is now a graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in physics and engineering. Joining her in a biology experiment are (from left): Sylvia Espino, a student from Westhampton Beach High School; Gwendolyn Craig, a teacher from South Country School in Bellport; Renée Flack, Brookhaven Lab; and Rakijah Haskins, a student at Sag Harbor High School.