September 7, 2018
Cypress Woods High School senior Sebastian Aguirre participated in BASF’s eighth annual Science Academy, a two-week program held in July at Fairleigh Dickinson University that gave graduates three transferable college science credits. Aguirre was among 20 students from across the United States, Canada and Mexico selected for the program.
Sept. 7, 2018—Cypress Woods High School senior Sebastian Aguirre was among 20 students from across the United States, Canada and Mexico who participated in and completed BASF’s eighth annual Science Academy, held in July at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. and giving program graduates three transferable college science credits and scholarship opportunities to attend FDU.
The two-week science program was developed by BASF Corporation, the North American affiliate of BASF SE, the world’s largest chemical producer. It allowed participants the opportunities to not only increase their knowledge of chemistry, but also learn marketable business skills. Students formed teams and used BASF chemistry to formulate their own personal care products (hair gel, shampoo and lotion) and develop a marketing plan.
At the program’s conclusion, the teams presented their products to a panel of BASF executives and FDU academic leaders.
“We want to ignite a passion in students to follow their interests in science and adequately prepare the next generation of leaders in innovation,” said Susanne Fuchs, BASF site manager for the Houston Hub and Hayes Road Laboratory Facilities. “Our two-week program also promotes the business skills that can help our graduates succeed in the real world.”
Students worked in college chemistry labs and experienced chemistry in action by visiting BASF Research and Development labs in New Jersey and New York. They also visited with cosmetic chemists and other experts to learn about careers in chemistry.
“I think the most influential part of BASF’s Science Academy was gaining real-world experience on how business and chemistry work together,” Aguirre said.
In addition to the transferable college science credits, FDU offers academy alumni $5,000 scholarships if they elect to attend the university in the fall of 2019.