The passion of these newly minted scientists is due to the enthusiasm of Granberry and Professor Joel Sussman from the Weizmann Institute of Science. In an after-school program called Smart Team, Granberry and her students work with Sussman’s website Proteopedia.
Created in 2007 by Sussman and his colleagues at Weizmann, the site embodies the Institute’s mission, “Science for the Benefit of Humanity,” the scientific community – and students from around the world – to share, retrieve and discuss information. In fact, the Smart Team students recently completed a Proteopedia page on ‘Substrate Traffic and Inhibition in Acetylcholinesterase.’
“Some of the pages that these students have made are better than the scientists’ pages! It’s showing scientists that they can learn a thing or two from high school and college students,” explained Professor Sussman.
These NYC public high school students recently received amazing news: Their article, "Acetylcholinesterase:
Additionally, two of the students are now up for “Gates Millennium Scholars Finalist.”
This highly competitive scholarship program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-
According to Granberry, the time her students have spent discovering science has made a huge difference on their future plans.
“One of my students has decided to pursue neuroscience and even applied for a scholarship at Brandeis University,”