17th Annual Frank S. Greene Scholars Science Fair and Awards Ceremony at Stanford University


The 17th Frank S. Greene Scholars Science Fair and Gala is the annual gathering of families, dedicated volunteers, and corporate sponsors to support and celebrate African-American youth in grades 3-12 in the Bay Area that takes place at Stanford University on Feb. 2, 2019.

Energized by the legacy of Black tech pioneer, Dr. Frank S. Greene, the Greene Scholars Program continues to instill the innovation, higher learning, and the power of community to strengthen the next generation of scholars passionate about science and ready to become the next leaders of Silicon Valley and beyond.

The scholars program (www.greenescholars.com) helps youth of African ancestry in San Francisco Bay Area communities successfully compete for higher education in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM), and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities.

The Greene Scholars Program has been serving the community since 2001, and engaged more than 400 students and their families, 100 percent of our scholar’s matriculate to college, half of our scholars are female, and nearly 60 percent of our scholars pursue STEM fields and careers.

The Frank S. Greene Scholars Science Fair, held this year at Stanford’s Arillaga Alumni Center, is the largest African-American science fair in California.

Scholars will stand before a team of judges representing leading Silicon Valley companies and hundreds of attendees to share their findings on a wide range of scientific categories including physical science, life science, math and engineering as well as emerging technologies.

The scholars adhere to scientific methodology and experimental design.  Scholars also conduct independent research in order to demonstrate a clear and in-depth understanding of their chosen area of exploration. Last year, over 140 students showcased their projects at the 16th annual science fair.   

The public viewing of the science fair runs from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

The science fair’s culminating special Awards Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. and tickets are $50. The ceremony honors participants with award medals for exceptional work and awards scholarships to the 2019 graduating seniors.

Dr. Frank S. Greene, Jr., is remembered as a scientist, an educator, a parent, a mentor, a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur and the role model for the Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program.

Greene was one of the first African-American pioneering technologists of Silicon Valley. He was among the first Black students to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

He continued his education and earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. After earning his Master’s, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and became an Air Force captain. In 1970, he completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. He died in 2009.

For more information, contact Ayodele Thomas, PhD, Executive Dir., Greene Scholars (408) 757-0477. Email her at [email protected] The web site is: www.greenescholars.org.


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