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Meet some of our many outstanding Gifted Math Program students!

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Supriya Pandit (GMP 6)

Supriya is a GMP student with many interests and a dedication to service. Supriya was awarded a scholarship from Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge (JRSC) summer 2016. Her peers at this program recognized her as a Champion of Teamwork. She received a Certificate of Excellence for participation and also completed the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED program.

At her school, Supriya has been recognized for scholastic excellence in Spanish & English last three years. She is a student officer for Science Olympiad. She has participated in the New York State Regional competition, winning multiple awards in 2016 (Cell Biology, Geologic Mapping) & in 2015 (Dynamic Planet). She is a member of Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics honor societies.

Supriya was selected to attend an annual Leadership Camp that promotes confidence building, teamwork and organizational skill development. She has been member of the tennis varsity team since 2014. She recently qualified for AP Scholar award. She enjoys playing violin in her school's Symphony Orchestra and has been learning Indian Classical Music for more than 10 years.

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Hannah Slabodkin (Graduate 2017)

Hannah is a Gifted Math Program Student (class of 2017) who brings great energy and enthusiasm to GMP and to her other academic pursuits.

Hannah partakes in the Roswell Park Science Research Program. This summer, Hannah and her partner from Roswell won GOLD in the Science Discipline at the International High School Project Olympiad focusing on Environment at the 2015 Genius Olympiad at SUNY Oswego.

Hannah is a frequent participant in Science events, including Genius Olympiad, Western New York Science Fair, and the Ying Tri-State Science Fair. She relishes these opportunities to talk with people about science. She also shares her interest with students at her school, City Honors High School, as a volunteer chemistry tutor.

In addition to science and math, Hannah has tried her hand at journalism as a NeXt Correspondent for the Buffalo News. She published a story about GMP which can be found on the Buffalo News website.

Hannah intends to major in both chemistry and pre-med as an undergraduate, and eventually enroll in medical school.

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Luke Marcinkiewicz (Graduate 2014)

Luke completed GMP in 2014 and has proven time and again to be an outstanding student.  He graduated from West Seneca East High School in 2014 as his class valedictorian where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, the Concert Band (percussionist), Masterminds Club and the Science Honor Society.  He was also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and scored a perfect 800 on the mathematics portion of the SAT!  He was awarded the AP Scholar with Honor Award and the Kiwanis Academic Leadership Award.

Beyond academics, Luke is also heavily involved in volunteering. As an Eagle Scout, Luke created two weather stations for the Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Arts Center located in West Seneca, New York.  Guests can visit these weather stations located in the front of the Center (shown in the picture) and in the Urban Forest section of the park.  Luke has also been a Crew Leader for Vacation Bible School at 14 Holy Helpers.

Luke was accepted into the highly competitive Atmospheric Science (Meteorology) Program through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Cornell is the only Ivy League University to offer an undergraduate program in Meteorology. Luke’s future goals include researching climate change.

In the News

  • UT Austin Villa Wins at 2016 World RoboCup
    Students in the competition were led by Computer Science Professor Peter Stone, a GMP graduate, class of 1988.
  • Galapagos lakes reveal tropical Pacific climate since Biblical times
    Researcher, Daniel Nelson, is a GMP graduate, class of 1997.
  • Gifted Math Program at UB offers middle, high schoolers accelerated courses
    Author Hannah Slabodkin is a GMP student, class of 2017.
  • Heim Middle School student headed to National Geographic Bee
    Arnav Patra is a GMP student, class of 2020.
  • Three engineering students win coveted Goldwater scholarships
    Stephanie Kong graduated from GMP in 2012.
  • SAE International shines spotlight on five successful members
    Edward Kasprzak graduated from GMP in 1993.
  • Teens get Real World Experience at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    Author and student researcher Hannah Slabodkin is a GMP student, class of 2017.
  • Students take top honors in hackathons in Ohio, Michigan
    Mack Ward (one of the participating students) graduated from GMP in 2010.
  • Twitter IPO is deal of lifetime for Lockport native Chris Sacca
    Chris graduated from the Gifted Math Program in 1993.
  • Gifted Math Grad Receives Distinct Opportunity
    Sam graduated from GMP in 2013.
  • President Obama Meets with Fresh Science Talent
    Brian He (one of the students receiving the award) graduated from GMP in 2011.
  • Technology Review magazine names Cornell protein researcher Kelvin Lee among world's 100 leading young innovators
    Kelvin graduated from GMP in 1986.

  • Distinguished Accomplishments

    2015-16 School Year

    Alan Zdon (GMP III) was selected as first chair on tenor saxophone in the jazz band for the Zone 1 Area All-State Junior High Concert. Alan was chosen as a member to the Brother Pompian Honors Academy at St. Joesph's Collegiate Institute.

    Alex Zdon (GMP I) was selected to perform on percussion in two honor ensembles: the Zone 1 Area All-State Junior High Orchestra & also the Junior High All-State Band in Syracuse.

    Sophia Wang (GMP VI) was the Principal of Viola in the Symphony Orchestra for the 2015 NYSSMA Senior High Area (Zone One) All-State Concert , which was held at SUNY Fredonia on November 21,2015.

    Joseph Juncewicz (GMP II) earned the Presidential Scholarship for St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and was invited to join the Pompeiian Brother’s Honor Society Program. He also earned a Peter Canisius Presidential Scholarship and was invited into the Ignatius School Honor’s Program at Canisius High School.

    Eli Fox (GMP III) was the top-scoring freshman on the Genesee Valley Math Team league. He was also selected to perform on the All-Stars Math team.

    2014-15 School Year

    Dr. Gerald R. Rising (GMP Founder) was inducted into the NYS Mathematics Educators’ Hall of Fame on September 19, 2014.

    Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo (GMP Director) was given the Teaching Innovation Award by the University at Buffalo for her instruction in the Graduate School of Education on October 8, 2014.

    Michael McClure (GMP I Student) was invited to Johns Hopkins University for the Center for Talented Youth Grand Award Ceremony. Michael scored in the top three percent or higher of over 53,000 CTY test takers nationwide!

    Alan Zdon (GMP II) was selected as first chair to play alto saxophone in the Area-All State Band (NYSSMA). Alan was also asked to perform in the All-State Band (NYSBDA) this spring with his choice of instrument, alto or baritone saxophone. Additionally, Alan is playing tenor saxophone for the Casey Middle School Jazz Band & flute in Casey's Flute Choir. Alan was awarded the Presidential Scholarship at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

    Joshua Seefried (GMP IV) passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review. His project entailed the rebuilding of a playground.

    Hannah Slabodkin (GMP IV) wrote two articles that were published in the Buffalo News Next Section in November 2014 and May 2015. The second was about GMP! At the 2015 Dr. Nelson Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair, Hannah and her partner Sydney Johnson won Highest Honors, County Science Champions for Erie County, Genius Olympiad Advancement, and Alternate for the 2015 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair for their project "Determining the Role of Rac1 in Resistance to BRaf Inhibition in Melanoma".

    Alayna Nomula (GMP II) was awarded the Presidential Bronze Medal in the young adults volunteering category for 56 hours of volunteering in the year 2014. She has shown great commitment to her community.

    Sophia Wang (GMP III) was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service award for her service to the community in 2014. She also received the Youth Engaged in Service Program’s Gold Award, which honors students who have volunteered at least 100 hours within the past year.

    Maria Giaquinto (GMP VI) was named salutatorian for the Nardin Academy class of 2015. She is also being recognized by Business First as 1 of the top 25 Academic All stars. Maria will be attending Georgetown in the fall.

    2013-2014 School Year

    Yankang Yang (GMP VI) became the first student from Western and Central New York to win a grand award (3rd place in Molecular and Cellular Biology) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in its 64-year history. The fair was held May 12-17 in Phoenix, AZ with more than 1600 finalists from around the world and was a great experience. “In my three years working in a lab at Roswell Park through City Honors' Science Research Program, I have used many mathematical concepts to drive my research, many that I've learned through GMP. I would like to thank you for taking your time to run GMP and would also like to thank all the great teachers in the program that have allowed me to reach for my dreams.” Check out the ISEF fair website: http://www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2013

    Supriya Pandit (GMP II) was awarded the Outstanding 7th Grade Student award at Casey Middle school for highest average and scholastic excellence. She also received recognition awards for Orchestra, Artistic Achievement and Community Service. She was placed 1st in literature and 2nd in visual arts for PTA Reflections 2012-2013 at the district level. Her poem "A Tree of Dreams" was selected for the Williamsville Poetry and Art Festival. She designed exclusive hand-crafted jewelry and ornaments for participation in the Holiday Craft Show at Heim Middle School.

    Mack Ward (GMP Graduate 2010) was a member of a 4-person computer science team from the University at Buffalo who won first place at a hack-a-thon at Kent State University. Mack and his team created a computer program that allows people to browse the web by using head motions instead of a mouse or touch screen.

    Luke Marcinkiewicz (GMP VI) was named a National Merit Finalist and scored an 800 on his Math SAT. He was also named class valedictorian at West Seneca East Senior High School for the Class of 2014.

    Hannah Slabodkin (GMP III) was accepted into the City Honors School Science Research Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.  She was selected to work with Dr. Eugene Kandel at Roswell Park in the Department of Cell Stress Biology. She will be working in his lab as part of his research team for the next 3.5 years.

    Anna Botticello (GMP I) received the Presidential Scholarship from Mount Saint Mary Academy.

    Ananya Nrusimha (GMP V) has qualified to be on Jeopardy. She has done her taping and was on the show in July 2014.

    Stephen Pasek (GMP Graduate 2013) has been named one of 572 semifinalists in the 2013 US Department of Education's Presidential Scholars program. Semifinalists were selected from more than 3,900 graduating seniors throughout the United States, its territories, and US students living abroad. Stephen was chosen as a semifinalist on the basis of perfect SAT scores, superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities by a panel of distinguished educators whom make up the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.