for the 26th Annual Science Open House for High School Students
Featuring the Thomas Hayden Lecture Demonstration Show

Tuesday, January 9th, 2024
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.

The Science Open House is brought to you by the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University, and by the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Queens College.

For registration information, scroll to the bottom of this document.

Open House events include:

  • The Thomas Hayden Chemistry Show
  • Student research presentations and summer research opportunities
  • Physics demonstrations
  • Tours of research laboratories
Narciso Garcia received his Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University in 1969 and joined the physics faculty at Queens College that year, where he remained until his death in 1996.  He performed notable research demonstrating photon localization, and was the co-author of a popular physics textbook.  The Garcia Center was named in his honor at its founding in 1996, in recognition of his dedication to teaching, research, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Thomas J. Hayden was the Director of Laboratories for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chief College Laboratory Technician. He served Queens College and the Department for 40 years. One of his most important legacies was his love of and skill in presenting lecture demonstrations to undergraduates, and the yearly Holiday show he spearheaded continues in his memory.
For more information on the Garcia Center and Stony Brook University, including summer research programs for high school students, visit The Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces.
For more information on science programs at Queens College visit The School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Your registration allows us to better plan the event, to provide you with updates, and to contact you with information on the next Open House and on research programs for your students. Attendance from each high school is limited to 60 students. Please register by December 15, 2023.

Supported by Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman.


For more information please contact:

Michael Cuiffo, PhD
Garcia Center Administrator
Research Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Chemical Engineering 
Stony Brook University
(631) 632-6097


PoKay Ma
Professor of Biology
Queens College of CUNY
(718) 997-3412

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