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High School Students Explore Seneca Lake

Juniors and seniors from Fabius-Pompey High School and their science teacher Peter Wilder recently spent a day onboard HWS’s William Scandling research vessel exploring and analyzing different aspects of Seneca Lake. The students are enrolled in a Global Environment class, part of a college credit course offered by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. They were at HWS to participate in the Science on Seneca program.

The students from Fabius Pompey, near Syracuse, N.Y., worked alongside the Finger Lakes Institute’s Environmental Ambassador Stacey Rice’11. They studied the chemistry of the lake, different organisms that exist in the water and the geological history of the region by analyzing sediment retrieved from the lake’s floor.

“Despite the cold temperatures, the students really enjoyed their time on the boat,” said Rice.  “It’s great to see them get so excited about looking at plankton under a microscope and analyzing the sediment samples.”  After studying the lake environment, Rice provided them with a tour of campus. 

The award-winning, Science on Seneca program hosts approximately 400 high school students on campus each year.  This was just one of many tours that were given this past fall to high school students from across the Finger Lakes region.  The Finger Lakes Institute is currently working with the admissions office to integrate the Science on Seneca program with opportunities for students to learn more about the academics and lifestyle of college students at HWS.