The ALAN J. FRIEDMAN Center for the Development of Young Scientists

In May 2014, NYSCI lost a singular force in its family, Dr. Alan J. Friedman, who led the institution from 1984 until 2006.

At the core of Alan’s vision for NYSCI was the commitment to provide opportunities for high school and college students to develop their interests in science by sharing the experience of discovery with others. For nearly 30 years, the brilliance of that vision has been proven through the many programs Alan created and inspired, most notably the Science Career Ladder. The Science Career Ladder has served over 3,000 youth since its inception, employing them as Explainers and providing them with mentoring, apprenticeships and networking opportunities to help them prepare for careers in STEM fields.

To honor his memory and carry on his legacy, NYSCI established the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists with seed funding from the Noyce Foundation, where Alan served as a trustee. The Friedman Center will not only sustain the Science Career Ladder, but also enable the creation of additional programs to cultivate the interests and careers of young scientists. In addition to the Science Career Ladder, the Friedman Center includes expanded initiatives like the Innovation Institute that engages high-school students in next-generation entrepreneurial activities; STEM Career Nights for aspiring young scientists to learn from STEM professionals; Explainer TV, which teaches video production and photography; and Science Career Ladder Residencies for growth and development training in STEM fields.

The new director of the Alan J Friedman Center, Priya Mohabir, began her career 14 years ago at NYSCI as an Explainer and has since worked to develop the SCL Institute for STEM Learning. As director, she will be adding additional programs to cultivate the interests and careers of young scientists.

For more information email FriedmanCenter@nysci.org.

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