|[June 15, 2017]
BioGENEius Challenge 2017 Mentor of the Year Awardee
Today, the Biotechnology Institute announced the winner of the Mentor of
the Year Award, who will be recognized next week at the 2017 BIO
International Convention (BIO 2017) in San Diego.
Peter Starodub from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills
Estates, California exemplifies dedication to STEM teaching through his
cumulative 29 years of international and national teaching and mentoring
experience. He has served as Director of Science Research Palos Verdes
for the past 15 years. Over these years, he developed the Grade 9-12
student research program from just 15 students to more than 125
enthusiastic annual participants today.
His objectives are clear: to teach students the steps in the research
method, to develop a research project in an area of their own choosing
and then hopefully to develop in the student a love of research and a
passion for conducting research.
Many students who start in their freshman year continue the program for
all four years. Why? Peter understads that research is often an
experience in failure as part of hypothesis testing. He therefore
encourages students to push through the setbacks, of which there can be
many, to promote resilience and motivation. Through many hours of
conferencing and personal interest in each student and his/her research,
he motivates them to stay the course regardless of outcome.
His approach breeds success. Each year, his students go on to conduct
research at such diverse locations as the University of Southern
California, UCLA, LA BioMed, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Madrona Marsh
Preserve and a number of private technology companies. They have
qualified and placed at the top of BioGENEius, the Intel (News - Alert) International
Science and Engineering Fair, the Intel Talent Search, the prestigious
International Stockholm Junior Water Prize and the Los Angeles County
and California State Science Fairs.
About the Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute is an independent, national nonprofit
organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact
of biotechnology. Its mission is to engage, excite and educate the
public, particularly students and teachers, about biotechnology and its
immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental
problems. For more information, visit www.biotechinstitute.org.
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