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2018 Symposium

Allentown, Pennsylvania
June 9, 2018
100% Free

Presented By...

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Supported by the City of Allentown and Mayor Ray O'Connell


Event Program

8 – 8:45 am

Registration Opens – Main Door Entrance

Exhibit Hall Open to Public – Cafeteria

Student Research Presentations Open to Public – Cafeteria


9 – 12 pm

General Session #1 – Auditorium

  • Featuring: Presenting Sponsor Coordinated Health & City of Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell

  • Speakers (in no particular order):

    • Dr. Stephen Anderson (from National Institutes of Health)My 40+ Year Journey in Science: The Best of All Possible Worlds

    • Dr. Frederic Barr (from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine & National Cancer Institute)Unraveling the Enigma of Cancer

    • Mr. René Islas (from National Assoc. for Gifted Children) Be More Than a Machine


11 am – 4 pm

Lunch Available for Purchase

  • Food Trucks – outside Cafeteria

  • Snack Bar – inside Cafeteria

12 – 2 pm

Student Research Presentations Open to Public

Exhibit Hall Open to Public

  • Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

  • Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

  • Janssen Biotech

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Ghosh Orthodontics

  • Coordinated Health

  • National Society for the Gifted & Talented

  • Summer Institute for the Gifted

  • National Association for Gifted Children

12:30 – 1:10 pm

Breakout Sessions #1

  • “A Day in the Life of a Surgeon” by Dr. Nicholas Slenker (Room #1)

  • “A Critical Component in Your College Application” by Mr. Keith Berman (Room #2)

  • “Rewards and Challenges of Raising Extraordinary Students” by Dr. Sally Krisel (Room #3)

  • “How Career & Tech Ed is Leading the Way for STEM” by Ms. Shannon Williams (Room #4)

  • “National Institutes of Health – How to Do Revolutionary Research as a High School Student” by Ms. Elizabeth Tuck (Room #5)


1:20 – 2 pm

Breakout Sessions #2

  • “A Surgeon’s Career at LA Lakers, Dodgers, and Kings” by Dr. Nicholas Slenker (Room #1)

  • “Fascinating Careers in Medicine & Technology” by Dr. Binodh DeSilva (Room #2)

  • “Finding New Opportunities within STEM” by Ms. Lindsay Green (Room #3)

  • “How Career & Tech Ed is Leading the Way for STEM” by Ms. Shannon Williams (Room #4)

  •  “Research Spotlight: Alternative Methods to Finding Cures to Cancer” by Dr. Yaling Liu (Room #5)


2:15 – 5 pm

General Session #2 – Auditorium

  • Featuring: Student Research Award Ceremony

  • Speakers (in no particular order):

    • Mr. Keith Berman (from Harvard and Yale University’s Admissions Office)What Counts in the College Admissions Process?

    • Dr. Binodh DeSilva (from Bristol-Myers Squibb and American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists) Discovering and Developing Breakthrough Drugs

    • Ms. Elizabeth Tuck (from National Human Genome Research Institute)Breaking the Code to Solve All of the World’s Problems – Genes

About ScienceBuzz

What is ScienceBuzz.com?

ScienceBuzz Foundation focuses on the website ScienceBuzz.com. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to publicize and promote young scientists and their work.

ScienceBuzz.com is an academic-networking platform for all students interested in science. We know it’s hard to make academic research and science be as exciting as sports games or YouTube videos, but this has been our goal.

ScienceBuzz connects middle and high school student scientists to one another and showcases their original work to scientists and institutions around the world. We are uniquely positioned with our partners to provide an outlet for students to create and build their personal, academic profiles and get acknowledged.


Students create profiles on our site, publish research (while maintaining all rights to the work), upload videos, gain exposure to the scientific community, discuss new technologies and research ideas, interact with peers, and connect with industry professionals in the global community.

As of today, we have over six hundred published, reviewed articles with more than 6,000 registered users, coming from 22 countries and 48 states. We are actively supported by the American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists, Janssen Biotech, Genentech, Amgen, the National Association for Gifted Children,  and the Summer Institute for the Gifted, among others.

Scholarship Awards


Presentations & Exhibits


Workshop Sessions


World-Renowned Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Proud to bring distinguished speakers, scientists, educators, and icons from across the globe



Dr. Stephen K Anderson

Dr. Stephen K. Anderson is the Head of the Molecular Immunology Section and Senior Investigator at the Center for Cancer Research of the National Institutes of Health, the primary health agency of the United States Government and largest biomedical research institution in the world. He also is a senior scientist with Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. and a former project leader at the National Research Council in Canada.


Dr. Frederic G Barr

Dr. Frederic G. Barr is a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is currently a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, the largest institution dedicated to cancer research, and Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. 


Keith Berman

Keith Berman is the founder of Options for College, a premier counseling company, and formerly worked at the Undergraduate Recruitment Office at Yale University and as a Senior Interviewer for Harvard and Yale. He earned his B.A. at Yale and M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a Certified Education Planner (CEP) by the American Institute of Certified Educational Planner.


Binodh DeSilva

Binodh DeSilva is an Executive Director and Vice President at Bristol-Myers Squibb, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She acts as the Head of Analytical & Bioanaltycal Operations at BMS. Before BMS, she served as the Director at Amgen and President of the American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), which is a professional scientific organization dedicated to discovering and developing pharmaceutical products and therapies to improve global health.


René Islas

M. René Islas is a leader in education and professional learning. He is the executive director of the National Association for Gifted Children, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Education.


Elizabeth tuck

Elizabeth Tuck is the Genetics and Education Fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute and American Society of Human Genetics. She also developed community outreach events such as NeuroDay and the Teen Science Café program. Ms. Tuck earned her M.A. in molecular cell biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms of neurological and neuromuscular disorders.


2018 Exhibitors


Coordinated Health

Ghosh Orthodontics

National Association for Gifted Children

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

Summer Institute for the Gifted

National Society for the Gifted & Talented

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Janssen Biotech



RP Mills Associates

Bristol-Myers Squibb

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Options for College

Delaware Valley Science Fairs

Society for Science & the Public

Center for Talented Youth


Past Events

November 2017


Roy Ghosh of ScienceBuzz was an invited showcase speaker and exhibitor at the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in North Carolina, attended by over 3000 educators, parents, and students.


ScienceBuzz and its founder's story is mentioned in several national journals and articles, including BrainFacts.org, the Thomas Fordham Institute, the NIH Record, Ed Excellence, and Imagine Magazine, among others.

March 2018

Roy was a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education conference at Boston University. His presentation was on popularizing student scientists and providing them recognition and appreciation from the global community. ScienceBuzz was also a sponsor and exhibitor of the event. 

April 2018


Two representatives of ScienceBuzz, Dharshan and Priyanka, spoke at Scholar Search Associate's Educational Forum in Philadelphia, PA on April 15. ScienceBuzz was also a sponsor and student showcase at Teacher Tech Con in Allentown, PA on April 28.


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The Symposium

June 9, 2018
8 am - 5 pm
One Day of Powerful Talks

ScienceBuzz Foundation’s goal is to get more students to become scientists and pursue STEM. With this mission in mind, we are excited to announce our first annual symposium. The aim of the symposium is to allow students to establish connections with professionals, scientists, executives, and physicians in multiple STEM industries, expand their network, and have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to listen to internationally-renowned speakers.


The ScienceBuzz 2018 Symposium is the first, completely free conference for any and all middle and high school students. It will be hosted in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, but will include students from around the state and nearby regions. The event includes national speakers, workshop sessions, student poster presentations, five research scholarship awards, company exhibitions, and networking opportunities.

We hope to provide young students the opportunity to find their passions in science and tech. It is crucial that we continue to support and grow this movement of motivating and promoting students. With more people joining this movement, our vision can move forward.  

​The Symposium is an all-day event, with activities and sessions planned from 9 am to 5 pm. ScienceBuzz Symposium can help thousands of students in their future career plans, exposing them to the multitude of potential opportunities that they never would’ve discovered until after college.

The Program

The main purpose of the symposium is to have "One Day of Powerful Talks." Therefore, getting internationally-renowned speakers and icons from the scientific world to inspire the students is essential to the success of the event. We have been gathering a series of speakers, including the head of a leading scientific institution and top biopharma executive, a former college admissions officer, and a leader in gifted education.

Between speaking sessions, the public can explore the exhibits or sit in on a workshop. Our exhibitors and workshop sessions will provide the tools necessary for students to be exposed to all options and career pathways in STEM. We have biopharma companies, national scientific organizations, and gifted and summer programs as the primary exhibitors during the symposium.

As this is a symposium dedicated to students, we are hosting our own research competition to provide scholarships to several students. Approximately 20-30 high school students will be selected from the science fair in Philadelphia. Our judges consist of university professors from Eastern Pennsylvania. These selected students will then be invited to the ScienceBuzz Symposium in June to present their work to compete for scholarship awards totaling $2,500. Judging will occur during the morning keynote session, and the winners will be announced during the afternoon keynote session. The posters are open to the public throughout the day, except during judging.

And finally, the main goal of the symposium is to network! Students can grow their connections, talk to professionals in all fields of STEM, and learn about resources and opportunities present during middle school, high school, and college.