More than 20 top high school students, including Jacquelyn Seskin of Garden City, got an up-close look at cancer research and the latest treatment that cancer patients are receiving during a joint summer science camp offered by Winthrop University Hospital and Adelphi University.
The one-day cancer curriculum was part of a weeklong program suggested by Dr. James Capozzi, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop.
Students began their day at Adelphi with Dr. Alan Schoenfeld, chairman of the university’s biology department, who provided an overview of cancer research and treatment. Following a lunch break students boarded a bus and continued their studies at Winthrop in Mineola with pathologists Dr. Virginia Donovan and oncologist Dr. Jeffery Schneider.
The 22 students entering grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 were selected from a final application pool of more than 50, representing 31 high schools.
Interested students were required to provide an essay detailing their interest in medicine and science and explaining why they wanted to attend the program. Each student also had to provide a letter of recommendation from a science teacher or guidance counselor addressing the student’s level of academic success and maturity.