Peggy Ni: As the YSP student director, could you describe what you do?
I also oversee the various YSP Programs and am involved directly in several. This year I started a Funding Committee to explore both federal and corporate support for YSP. In addition, I am working on a publication on assessment of YSP's Summer Focus program [which has high school students working with Washington University graduate students in the lab] with two other YSP volunteers and our faculty advisor, Dr. Tom Woolsey. Lastly, I am the Co-Head of our Summer Focus (SF) program for 2011.
PN: MIDSCI is partnering with YSP to help with the effort to provide much needed lab supplies for teachers and students. What do you think is the most important reason for a science company like MIDSCI to connect with the community? With your extensive experience being in YSP, a university organization, in what ways can a company potentially be more effective than a university group in promoting science education?
KC: We are thrilled to be working with MIDSCI. I think it is beneficial for any company to become a working partner in its community. In this case MIDSCI can use its expertise to support a program that potentially recruits more bright young men and women to scientific research, possibly even to their own company.