Lundbeck’s partnership with a Chicago charter school focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education extends our global corporate commitment to cultivate and enhance classroom learning to prepare the next generation of scientists.
Perspectives students discuss their futures in science with Lundbeck's Peter Høngaard Andersen, Senior Vice President of External Scientific Relations and Patents, during the Lundbeck Science Lab dedication at Perspectives/ IIT Math & Science Academy. (Stevin Zorn, Executive Vice President of Lundbeck Research USA, pictured via live video.)
Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy is a charter school for grades 6-12 that opened in 2008 on Chicago’s south side. In partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology, it was developed as a model for public school STEM education. Lundbeck’s partnership with Perspectives has two main components:
A volunteer mentorship program engages Lundbeck employees who share their real-world experience to inspire students toward meaningful careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Lundbeck researchers connect with students in person through discussions and presentations in the classroom, or even via computer technology to talk about their work in real time.
Funding for infrastructure improvements to the school’s science lab, now named “Lundbeck Science Lab” have supported renovations to encourage hands-on learning, and have made it possible for the school to offer Advanced Placement Chemistry to students. Most important, this investment is giving the students access to science facilities that measure up to the commitment and dedication of the teachers who are guiding them.
The Perspectives partnership is a critical aspect of Lundbeck’s commitment as a global corporate citizen, and connects students to unique educational and career-focused opportunities earlier in their education.