Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR), a BCW member, recently celebrated the completion of the sixth year of the “Acorda Scientific Excellence Award,” (ASEA) which recognizes high school students in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties in New York and Connecticut for outstanding achievement in independent research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Over 100 students submitted applications for the 2018-2019 school year and 24 students have received the award. Each ASEA award winner is interviewed by Gracie-award-winning broadcaster Lisa Wexler for “The Acorda Scientific Excellence Award Show,” which airs on AM 1490 WGCH radio.
“Acorda believes in encouraging and supporting the next generation of scientists,” said Tierney Saccavino, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications at Acorda Therapeutics. “We are proud to recognize these deserving students and we hope the ASEA will encourage more young people to consider careers in science, engineering and related areas in the future.”
Acorda commemorated this milestone with a celebration at its Ardsley headquarters on June 20, where students discussed their award-winning research during a live broadcast of “The Lisa Wexler Show,” which airs daily from 4-6pm on WGCH.
“I am so proud of the work we have done with the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award over the last six years. I am continually impressed by the caliber of the research these students are doing,” said Ms. Wexler. “The ASEA radio show provides a platform for each of these brilliant young students to share their stories – what sparked their interest in these particular areas of study, the results of their research and their plans for the future education.”
Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW, congratulated the students and thanked Acorda and Lisa Wexler for providing this opportunity, noting that the STEM fields provide a robust future for the local and regional economy.
“These students are well on their way to becoming the scientific leaders of tomorrow,” Gordon said. “One of Westchester’s greatest strengths is its highly educated and talented workforce, and we want to do all we can to support the next generation and continue to make Westchester a thriving place for scientific exploration and discovery.”