The 2019 Grattidge-Ohnstad Science Competition took place on an appropriate day, Oct. 23 (10/23 – Mole Day), in the Center for Science and Technology, and the competition was tough. Eight students participated in the annual competition where they were asked to perform an experiment that allowed them to calculate Avogadro’s constant, 6.022x10^23, which is the number of particles in a mole. Eric J. Quinn and Thomas Krumm, both Science majors with concentrations in Biology, were this year’s winners. They were each awarded $250 toward tuition and other educational costs.
Eric, a graduate of Schenectady High School and Dean’s List student, plans to transfer on for his bachelor’s degree in science and then attend medical school. He decided on med school after visiting SUNY Upstate Medical University with the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). Thomas, a graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School who is also in the CSTEP Program and a Dean's List student, plans to transfer on for his bachelor’s degree in science. This summer, they both conducted original research in Vale Park, tracking the population size of amphibians. They also volunteered during the College’s STEAM Academy, leading high school students in science experiments including DNA extraction.
The annual science competition was established in 2010 by Dr. Walter Grattidge, a longtime friend of the College and SUNY Schenectady Foundation, to recognize the academic talent of students and encourage the development of future scientists. Dr. Grattidge worked at General Electric Research and Development for more than 30 years, working in electronics, information science, and management before serving as Vice-President and Co-owner of Sci-Tech Knowledge Systems, a Technical data company.
Eric J. Quinn and Thomas Krumm, competition winners, with Dr. Walter Grattidge, who established the competition/scholarship.
Ellen Donovan, Annual Giving Officer; Dr. Maggie McLellan-Zabielski, Instructor of Biotechnology, who facilitated the competition; Dr. Walter Grattidge; Dr. Tania Cabrera, Dean of the Division of Math, Science, Technology, and Health; and Dr. Lorena Harris, Director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, who assisted with student participation.