Future Scientists on Display

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High school students fought gusts of wind and the threat of rain Saturday to display the results of their summer research at the Harlem Children Society science fair in Harlem.

About 30 of this year’s 150 participants set up outside the Harlem State Office Building at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, pinning display boards to wire stands as judges walked from table to table to assess their work.

Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, a geneticist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, created the program in 2000 to encourage low-income and minority students to pursue careers in the sciences, technology and engineering. The students are placed in summer internships at labs around the city, with presentations of their research displayed at the fair each fall.

The project is subsidized by the city's Department of Education, but it suffered this year from budget cuts. Last year, the society received a stipend of $1,500 to $2,000 for each student, Dr. Bhattacharya said. This year, the city gave the society $300 to $400 a student, he said

As a result, Dr. Bhattacharya said, the program could support only 150 New York City students this year, compared with 400 students last year.