ACPHS believes strongly that institutions of higher learning have a responsibility
to the community outside campus borders.
With this philosophy in mind, the College founded ACPHS Academy , an after school
program that promotes math and science education for local, at-risk elementary school
students. Since 2006, ACPHS Academy students have met twice a week for ten weeks
each semester. Classes are led by local elementary school teachers, with ACPHS students
assisting in the role of mentors. ACPHS Academy uses an interactive approach to
learning that is designed to raise interest and improve performance by students
- not only in the subjects of mathematics and science, but in their other studies
as well. By hosting the ACPHS Academy classes on the campus, the program also helps
introduce students to the college experience at a young age and shows how college
can be part of their futures.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program is a six week program designed for science-minded
students from area high schools. Each week during the program, students conduct
three days of research with an ACPHS faculty member, participate in one day of instructional
activities and use the remaining day to tour a pharmaceutical or biomedical company
in the region. At the conclusion of the program, students present their research
findings to an audience comprised of faculty and staff from the College.
High School Research Programs at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute
The Pharmaceutical Research Institute at
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (PRI) is actively engaged with local
high school students interested in learning the fundamentals of scientific research.
PRI partners directly with area high schools that have existing experiential (i.e.
out-of-classroom) programs for students, typically upper-level juniors and seniors,
interested in learning about a career in science. PRI also has a mentoring program
in place through which students can gain hands-on experience in a laboratory working
under the close supervision of a Senior Research Scientist at PRI. Current and past
schools represented in the program include: Albany High School, Academy of the Holy
Names, Berlin High School, Catskill High School, Coxsackie-Athens High School, Hudson
High School, Ichabod Crane Central High School, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School,
Taconic Hills High School, Troy High School and Watervliet Junior/Senior High School.
For more information about these and other research opportunities for grades K-12,
visit the PRI website at www.pri-albany.org.
Other community oriented activities hosted by the College include the annual Health
Fair event held each October on the campus, and Relay for Life, a fundraiser for
the American Cancer Society which takes place in the spring. For information regarding
these programs or to become involved, contact Gil Chorbajian, ACPHS's Director of
Marketing and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (518) 694-7394.