On January 9th, Upstate Medical University’s CNY Biotech Accelerator Center (CNYBAC) was the scene for STEM Scholars to meet and network with local employers representing all facets of the STEM sector. Coordinated by MACNY affiliate, Partners for Education and Business (PEB), this event offers STEM Scholarship providers and other interested employers the opportunity to interface with our region’s best and brightest students. The participating CNY businesses (C&S Companies, INFICON, King + King Architects, Lockheed Martin, Loretto, Marquardt Switches, Novelis, Schneider Packaging Equipment, SRC, TTM Technologies (formerly Anaren), and Upstate Medical University) are looking to fill jobs for which this group will be ready for when they graduate.

As a member of the CNY STEM Hub and Technology Sector, PEB coordinates these events twice annually. STEM Scholar Connection events are opportunities for high-achieving CNY college students to meet employers who have openings right here in CNY. The students that are invited to these events are those that have previously applied for a CNY STEM scholarship, a program overseen by PEB.

The CNYBAC, a 52,300 square foot facility, is the place for for-profit startup clients to license state-of-the-art laboratory space, gain access to Upstate’s CORE facilities and research expertise, as well as a vibrant and robust innovation ecosystem.  The visitors to CNYBAC noticed the incubator space and possibly envisioned themselves as future researchers in new or expanding businesses. Upstate representatives were on hand to talk with the STEM scholars about the many opportunities for careers at Upstate Medical University, an employer of 10,000+ people.

Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Robert Corona, CEO of Upstate Medical University, followed by a STEM overview from Howie Hollander, President Emeritus of TACNY. Martha Ponge, MACNY Director of Apprenticeship, afforded students the opportunity to introduce themselves to the business representatives, stating their majors and what motivated them to attend this event.

The upperclassmen visited exhibitors’ tables, dropped off resumes, discussed employment/internship opportunities and collected business cards.  Freshmen and sophomore students attended a Resume Workshop, conducted by Fran Emmi, INFICON’s Corporate Recruiter. The event concluded with a panel discussion by HR professionals, facilitated by Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs for Upstate Medical University.

The enthusiastic company representatives reminded all attendees that great careers await them, right here in Central New York.

For information regarding the 2020 STEM Scholarship program, please visit Scholarships will be considered for STEM students in computer science, architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, and nursing (new this year) majors. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.