The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory have received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications Inc. The grant will be used to further expand the lab?s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, specifically related to the Upstate New York Cardiac Electrophysiology Society (UNYCES) annual meeting the lab will be hosting on Oct. 28.

The UNYCES conference will bring together approximately 60 researchers and clinicians in the upstate New York and Toronto region to provide a platform for the communication between the academic, clinical and industrial electrophysiology communities. The conference also will feature 10 to 15 high school students and their science teachers from Mohawk Valley schools. The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory has mentored and inspired talented high school and college student for more than 50 years through the Summer Fellows program. The Lab also offers a pre- and post-doctoral fellowship program, mentoring and hosting local students throughout the year.

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From left, Dr. Brian Panama, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory; Chip Lawrence, senior manager- State Government Affairs Verizon; David Schneeweiss, president of the Board of Directors Masonic Medical Research Laboratory; Dr. Robert Hewson, Board of Directors Masonic Medical Research Laboratory; John Zielinski, CFO of Masonic Medical Research Laboratory.