Bronx Institute at Lehman College Awarded $75,000 Grant By Verizon Foundation

Executive Director of the Bronx Institute, Prof. Martinez poses with students.

The Bronx Institute at Lehman College has been awarded a grant by the Verizon Foundation totaling $75,000. The grant will be used to establish the College’s STEM Pipeline Initiative to offer advanced physics instruction to Bronx high school students who do not have access to physics courses in their school.

By combining the Institute’s expertise in the public schools with the faculty and state-of-the-art campus facilities of Lehman College, the program aims to integrate physics education into high schools—providing a pathway to careers in STEM professions for students. The program, which will be offered to Bronx high school students through a competitive application process, is a Saturday and summer commitment.

“We are very grateful to the Verizon Foundation for this generous grant,” said Professor Herminio Martinez, the Executive Director of The Bronx Institute and a member of the Department of Middle and High School Education at Lehman College. “It will help to improve physics education in the Bronx, where only 32 percent of the high schools offer physics, and to encourage students to pursue math and science in college.”