Honeywell Continues to Support WNY Chemistry Olympiad Program

BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Laboratory. Honeywell presented the check to Mariusz Kozik, PhD, chair of chemistry and biochemistry and coordinator of the Western New York Chemistry Olympiad, at a gathering of Honeywell and Canisius College administrators. The funds will be used to offset costs associated with students’ preparation and participation in the Western New York Chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad. The Chemistry Olympiad is a local, national and international competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry.   It is sponsored in the U.S. by the American Chemical Society and hosted locally by Canisius College.

“Honeywell is proud to once again support Canisius College and its participation in this event,” said Bob Sikorski, site leader for Honeywell’s Research Laboratory. “Fostering interest in the chemical sciences among high school students and helping to inspire the next generation of scientists is one of our biggest priorities.”

Honeywell’s Buffalo lab has supported the Western New York Chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad for more than 20 years and has donated more than $188,000 in support of this initiative since 2002.  Along with the company’s donation, employees of Honeywell’s Buffalo lab serve as mentors, and help nearly 80 students to prepare for local and national competitions. 

The Honeywell grant is part of the corporation’s Hometown Solutions program. Building on a tradition of corporate citizenship that spans more than a century, the program’s efforts are focused on four important societal needs that align with Honeywell’s heritage, products and people: science and math education; family safety and security; housing and shelter; and humanitarian relief.

Honeywell’s Buffalo site houses the primary research and development facility for the company’s Fluorine Products business, a world leader in fluorine technology. The business manufactures and supplies a wide range of products, including non-ozone-depleting and low-global-warming-potential refrigerants and blowing agents.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.