Top science students reap rewards from Ciba

Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation awards more than $10,000 to honor graduating high school seniors in science programs. In its 30th year, the High School Science Awards first Ciba scholarship winner returns to participate. Effort encourages students to pursue careers in science and science technology...

May 4th, 2005

TARRYTOWN, NY, May 3, 2005 -- The Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation is awarding more than $10,000 to graduating high school seniors for their accomplishments in the science classroom. The Ciba High School Science Awards honor graduating high school seniors who show great interest and promise in science, and encourage them to pursue careers in science and science technology.

More than 100 seniors from high schools around each of the company's U.S. sites were selected by their faculty for their outstanding performance and enthusiasm for science and technology.

Each Ciba Specialty Chemicals site holds an awards ceremony where students receive $100, a certificate and are honored by their parents, teachers and Ciba employees. During the ceremony, the students are able to interact with scientists during a panel session entitled "Meet the Scientists." The panel is made up of Ciba employees who represent different scientific career paths, from the lab to sales to marketing. The lively interaction allows the students to ask questions and learn about careers in the sciences both within and outside of the lab.

"There are hundreds of career options available to those who earn a degree in the sciences and not all of them in require wearing a white coat in a lab," stated Kevin Bryla, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at Ciba and Executive Director of the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation. "The purpose of the awards ceremony and the panel is to reward and encourage these top performers, but perhaps most importantly, it is to expose them to the rich career opportunities that exist in chemistry and other sciences."

One person who has lived the experience is Richard Carbonaro, the first recipient of The Ciba Scholarship in Environmental Engineering to Manhattan College in 1995. Now a Ph.D. and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College, Richard returned to participate on the "Meet the Scientists" panel at the Tarrytown, NY site ceremony.

"The Ciba Scholarship, granted by the Ciba Foundation, helped to provide me the financial support in order to pursue my studies in Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. My ambition was to become an educator and researcher, where I could be closely involved with communicating important environmental issues to others while making new discoveries which advance our understanding of complex environmental problems," said Dr. Carbonaro. "Now, approximately 10 years later, I am proud to say that it is my job to do so everyday. As a recipient of the Ciba Scholarship, it is my honor to participate in this HSSA ceremony as well as in the High School Chemistry Institute in July."

With its 30th year of the High School Science Awards, the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation continues to work to create new partnerships among schools, businesses and communities that bridge the often times difficult transition between school and career. Participating students attending the program this year are selected from high schools near major Ciba Specialty Chemicals' facilities.

Based in Switzerland with U.S. headquarters in Tarrytown, N.Y., Ciba Specialty Chemicals (www.cibasc.com) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. Its products create effects that add performance, protection, color and strength to textiles, plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products, and more. It's active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2004, the company generated sales of US$5.7 billion and invested US$232 million in R&D.

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