Chemistry and careers explored at BASF’s Science Academy at FDU’s College at Florham

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, August 10, 2011 -  BASF hosted its first Science Academy program from July 18 - 29 for 19 high potential high school students from Morris County schools who will be seniors in the fall and who have a strong interest in chemistry and science. This two-week summer program was developed to encourage the students to pursue science studies in college and to build their awareness of the variety of careers available to a person with a strong technical background.

BASF partnered with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) to provide an on campus residence program that would give the students valuable life experience in a college setting coupled with advanced level science and practical business knowledge. During the program, students worked in teams to research and develop their own personal care products using BASF materials and including consumer research, product design, supply chain planning and marketing. They presented their completed products and marketing plans to a panel of BASF leaders who provided valuable feedback. Students, their parents, BASF and FDU representatives participated in a closing ceremony during which the students received certificates of achievement from BASF; two transferable college science credits from FDU and the promise of a $5,000 scholarship to any Science Academy student who chooses to attend FDU in the fall of 2012.

 “While considered an important area of study, science is often overlooked as a career option,” said Robin Rotenberg, BASF’s Vice President of Communications. “It is our goal as the world’s leading chemical company to help students explore the varied and rewarding careers that science can provide.”

"Fairleigh Dickinson is proud to partner with BASF in this exciting program, and we believe that educating and engaging young scientists is fundamental to preparing a future science and technology workforce,” said Michael Avaltroni, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Medco School of Pharmacy at FDU.I know the experience the students had during their time in this program has laid a foundation that will allow each of them to explore careers and opportunities in the sciences during their college years and beyond.”

Christina Haywood, a Science Academy participant from Morris County School of Technology stated, “It was a great experience being exposed to college lectures and lab work. Staying on campus was a great experience in terms of learning to live independently and being responsible.”

Parsippany Hills High School student Yash Patel, enjoyed “seeing the difference between academia and actual applications of chemistry.”

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High achieving Morris County students participated in BASF’s Science Academy, hosted at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pictured from left are (front row) Christina Haywood, Morris County School of Technology; Marco Belardo, Mount Olive High School; Emma Pallarino, Morristown High School; Amanda Favetta, Hanover Park High School; (second row) Stephanie Avalos, Dover High School; Matthew Fu, Hanover Park High School; Yash Patel, Parsippany Hills High School; Raja Chennamraju, Edison High School; Melissa Conklin, Pequannock Township High School; (third row) Caitlyn Moran, Chatham High School; Audrey Crowther, Morris County School of Technology; Kevin Chao, Hanover Park High School; Avery Chan, Morris Knolls High School; Victoria Beaulieu, Hanover Park High School (back row) Alfonse Gonnella, Jefferson Township High School; Faisan Munshi, Morris County School of Technology; Edwin Zhang, West Morris Central High School, Jessica Thimmel, Pequannock Township High School, and Richa Patel, Parsippany Hills High School.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,400 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.7 billion in 2010. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

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