BEST High School Student and Teacher Research Program

Broad Exposure to Science and Technology

The BEST Program engages underrepresented Rochester City School District high school students and teachers in the sciences and technologies that support LLE’s research. This broad exposure helps guide students in their pursuit of STEM fields and encourages them to explore STEM careers. Teacher participation equips educators with knowledge and experience that can be added to their curricula.



For more information contact:
, Diversity Manager
, Deputy Diversity Manager
, DEI Council Operations Manager

Past BEST High School Summer Programs

Terry Kessler at with BEST high school program students.

2022 BEST High School Summer Program Participants (left to right): Terry Kessler, Nigel (student), Tiketa (student), Isis (student), Olivia (student), Chavon Phelps (teacher) , Bre’Ay’zha (student), Trent Russell (teacher), Marco Romo-Gonzalez

Group shot of BEST Research Program for high school students and teachers

2021 participants of the BEST program included (from left to right) East High teachers Trent Russell and Gavin Jenkins, East High students Yusuf Gazali, Reganae Walters, Taiasia Gibson, and Ramir Wearen, and program coordinator Terry Kessler, LLE Diversity Manager