Honeywell Continues Support of Western New York Chemistry Olympiad Program

June 12, 2017


Canisius College announced today that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative. Representatives from Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Laboratory 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 on June 6.

Pictured above from l-r: Robert Stewart ’11, PhD, research chemist, Honeywell; Marci Gregson, senior manager of human resources, Honeywell; Mariusz Kozik, PhD, professor and chair, chemistry, Canisius; David Nalewajek ’74, PhD, research fellow, Honeywell; Robert Sikorski, Buffalo plant manager, Honeywell; and Sandy Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations, Canisius.

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 nationally by the American Chemical Society and hosted locally by Canisius College.

“We are happy to be able to have such a strong relationship with Canisius College for more than two decades and support the Chemistry Olympiad Program this year,” said Bob Sikorski, site leader for Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Laboratory. “Encouraging the study of chemistry and science in young people is important as technology plays an increasingly vital role in our daily lives. We are proud to support this competition and help the community in this way.”

The grant funding is also used to support two top high school students in summer research positions in Canisius College’s chemistry department. In addition to the grant, Honeywell employee volunteers helped mentor 80 students in preparation for the local competition.

“Canisius College is extraordinarily grateful for Honeywell’s dedicated commitment to this worthwhile educational experience,” says Dr. Kozik. “Honeywell’s support is an investment in the future successes of our high school participants and the strength of the Western New York community.”

Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Lab has supported the Western New York Chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad for more than 20 years and has donated $218,000 in support of this initiative since 2002.

The lab 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.

About Honeywell:

Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions:

Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education; Humanitarian Relief; and Habitat & Conservation. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

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