Timothy A. Smith, a student at Genesee Community College, has been admitted to the prestigious Community College Institute (CCI) summer internship institute this year, Coordinator of Grants Services Mary Jane Shonn reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.
The CCI is offered in cooperation between the U. S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Mr. Smith will work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington under noted scientist Michael Alexander, PhD. His project will focus on the use of mass spectrometry to detect volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere. The project is part of an effort to develop new technology to identify biohazards.
Mr. Smith, a resident of East Aurora, New York, is a National Science Foundation TOP ("Technology Opportunity Program") scholar at Genesee. The TOP program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and provides scholarship support to students with interest and proficiency in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Philip T. Pickering recommended the summer internship program to Mr. Smith.
Mr. Smith expects to graduate from Genesee next month at age 18 with a degree in Engineering Science. A home-schooled student, he began attending Genesee Community College classes at the Arcade Campus Center when he was 16 years old. A longstanding interest in the sciences led him to the Batavia Campus, where he completed engineering classes. He has been accepted into the engineering program at the University at Buffalo this fall.
At Genesee, the TOP scholarship program is led by Professor of Mathematics and Computer Kenneth Mead and Enrollment Management Dean Dr. Virginia Taylor.