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“STEM” isn’t just the latest buzzword in education. Far from it! If you have school-age children, you’re probably hearing a lot about the importance of classes and extracurricular activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As our society becomes more technology focused, it is important to help our kids remain competitive and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.

​Acorda Therapeutics has been recognizing high school students doing innovative independent research in the fields of STEM since 2013 with the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award. Students in Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield counties can win the opportunity to discuss their research on a new WGCH radio program. “Our goal is to encourage and support the next generation of scientists,” says Tierney Saccavino, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Acorda. “We hope that the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award will encourage more young people to consider careers in science, engineering, and related areas in the future.”

STEM education is more than just a new education fad. There are many benefits to pursuing these fields of study. Below are the top four:

1. Make A Difference. Science and technology can be applied to important issues that help make the world a better place. STEM research can be applied to finding solutions to serious problems such as global warming, treating disease, alleviating world hunger, or saving disappearing animal habitats.
2. Express Your Creativity. Not all science takes place in a lab. Today’s STEM careers span from scientists to teachers to economists to environmentalists. STEM professionals are designing the latest roller coasters, video game graphics, and special effects for movies.
3. Get Noticed. While good grades and high test scores are important, college admissions officers look for students with interesting or creative activities outside of school. There are many science awards for high school students doing innovative work in the fields of STEM. The Acorda Scientific Excellence awards showcase local students and provide a forum for them to discuss their research on a local radio program airing on WGCH.
4. Get Paid! A 2014 Department of Education report (“Baccalaureate and Beyond: A First Look at the Employment Experiences and Lives of College Graduates, 4 Years On”) found that adults who get jobs in STEM fields or students who choose them as college majors tended to command higher salaries than the average worker. Government and private industry continue to invest in science and technology and need a workforce that is prepared to take on this important role. People who are prepared to take on these high-tech jobs are better positioned to flourish.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company located in Ardsley focused on developing therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. Acorda has an industry leading pipeline of novel neurological therapies addressing a range of disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-stroke walking deficits, epilepsy, and migraine. Acorda markets three FDA-approved therapies, including  AMPYRA®(dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10 mg. Acorda is a proud sponsor of the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.acorda.com.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
420 Saw Mill River Rd
(914) 347-4300



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