MCC Foundation supporters helped take Scholars’ Day at MCC to the next level in 2014, benefiting from special giving opportunities that promoted scholarly achievement and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Scholars’ Day is MCC’s annual two-day academic showcase that features student and faculty research. It has grown from a small group of 25 participating students to more than 50 presentations by nearly 100 students and 25 faculty sponsors. A poster session offers students an additional way to exhibit their research on topics ranging from biochemistry to robotic fire-fighting. 

Scholars’ Day 2014 culminated with a keynote address by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. L- Communications served as presenting sponsor, a first in MCC Foundation history. The Xerox Foundation, a primary partner in STEM education at MCC, also helped make Dr. Tyson’s presence on campus possible for this year’s Scholars’ Day.

Jack and Lisa Baron, along with John and Barbara Lovenheim, co-chaired the Foundation’s Scholars’ Day committee. Unrestricted scholarships, of up to $1,000 were awarded to top student presenters. Scholarships were funded through generous donations by the following:

Jack & Lisa Baron, co-chairs
John & Barbara Lovenheim, co-chairs
L- Communications
CMI Communications
Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
MCC Association, Inc.
Sodexo
Spatola’s Party Rental
The Idea Works of NY, Inc.
Xerox Foundation