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Vertex Awards Two Boston Public High School Students the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to the University of Massachusetts
This year's recipients are two students from
Cankang Wu plans to study engineering at UMass
Amherst. Cankang emigrated with his family from Chinaand will be the first to attend college. As a child he developed an early interest in engineering and technology after spending his days at his father's wood-processing factory.
Gladynel Baez will attend UMass
Bostonto study biology and has aspirations of becoming a doctor. She was inspired to pursue a career in science after losing two aunts and her grandfather to cancer and spending time in Vertex's Learning Lab.
In 2012 Vertex solidified its commitment to STEM education and Boston's youth through a comprehensive program that includes:
- Annual four-year Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to a UMass campus;
Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab- a 3,000 square foot classroom and laboratory space in our Fan Piercampus dedicated to enhancing science education among Boston Public Schoolstudents;
- High school and college internships;
- Science Fair Mentorship program - students are paired with a Vertex mentor and receive guidance on science fair projects at the school and state level.
"Vertex is committed to developing the next generation of scientific
leaders by sparking and fostering an early interest in science," said
"In order for our young people to have bright futures, we must do our
part to create the opportunities that foster pathways to success," said Mayor
"We are honored to welcome Cankang and Gladynel to the UMass family,"
This year Vertex also is partnering with Bottom
Line, an organization that helps underserved, first-generation
students get into college and succeed through mentoring and support
throughout their college careers. Today,
"We're proud of these students and all the hard work they've put into
their academics to get them here," said
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and
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