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June 3, 2003
Brookhaven National Laboratory Named 2003 "Co-op Employer of the Year"

Internationally Known Scientific Institute Receives Second Southampton College Honor

Patricia Conway
(631) 287 8313
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For the second time in Southampton College history, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has been named the "Cooperative Education Employer of the Year." They were the first recipients of the award in 1993 and were honored as the 2003 winner at a reception and breakfast on Monday, June 2. Congressman Tim Bishop was the guest speaker.

Established in 1947, BNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It employs more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff and welcomes over 4,000 guest researchers annually. Five Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made at the Lab.

BNL's role for the DOE is to produce leading-edge science and advanced technology with the involvement of worldwide and local scientific communities. One of the major elements of that role is educating new generations of scientists and engineers.

"Brookhaven National Lab has long been a major supporter of the Southampton College Cooperative Education program," said John McCrudden, Director of the program. "We have placed over 100 of our students in co-op education jobs at this leading institution since our relationship began in the 1970s. Several of our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers related to their academic experiences there."

One of those students is 2002 Southampton College graduate Paul Vecchione, who spent time in the Lab's weather forecasting division. Vecchione is now working as a reporter for Long Island News Tonight. Another is Adele Billups, a 2003 graduate who started her career at the Lab right after graduation, studying the effects of deep space radiation on rats in collaboration with NASA so that someday they could send a manned mission to Mars.

The strong link between BNL and Southampton College embodies the true spirit of Cooperative Education. "BNL has given our students the support and opportunities they need to get experience in the real world. In return, we feel that our students have contributed a lot of hard work and new ideas," said McCrudden.

Through the College's Cooperative Education Program, students receive hands-on learning in job placements related to their major for which they receive academic credit. More than 100 businesses and institutions participate in the program. Last year's winner of the "Employer of the Year Award" was Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead. Many Southampton College graduates are employed in marine-related careers there, and its founder and curator, Joseph Yaiullo, graduated from Southampton College in 1985. He received a Distinguished Alumni award at this May's graduation ceremonies.

For more information on Southampton College's Cooperative and Internship programs, call 287-8273.