Director of Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists
Priya Mohabir has been with NYSCI for the last 14 years, starting as an Explainer. Over the course of her time at NYSCI, she has worked in many different functions, from working in the Science and Technology Library and leading weekend workshops for students, to working as a science instructor and leading professional development workshops for New York City teachers. From 2005 to 2009, Priya was the NYSCI lead for Urban Advantage, a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions.
In 2009, Priya returned to the Explainer Department bringing her experience in developing and implementing professional development workshops to both the Explainers and Explainer Leadership Team. Over the last few years Priya has worked to develop the Science Career Ladder Institute for STEM Learning, comprised of career development workshops and opportunities, extended residency experiences in education and research, and mentoring opportunities. She has also managed grant-funded programs such as the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE Network), a project sponsored by the National Institute for Science Education in which NYSCI is a key player and is currently working on the Innovation Institute: From Problem to Product, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on creating renewed interest in scientific and technological innovation.
As the new director of the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists, Priya will lead the Science Career Ladder as well as the Science Career Ladder Institute. Working with the Explainer leadership team she will continue to develop new and interested opportunities for the Explainers and residents, including additional programs to cultivate the interests and careers of young scientists.