Thursday, January 5, 2012

Project Exploration Co-Founder Gabrielle Lyon – Chicagoan of the Year!

Here's some great news to start the year: Friend of the Pearson Foundation and Project Exploration Founder and Senior Explorer Gabrielle Lyon has been selected as a 2011 "Chicagoan of the Year" by Chicago magazine, joining a group of six Chicagoans that the magazine celebrates as "intrepid heroes who make our city - and our world - a better place."

Gabe has been a great Chicagoan for years. She's co-founder of Project Exploration, the nonprofit science education organization that works to ensure communities traditionally underserved by science education – in particular, minority youth and girls – have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists. In January 2010, she and Project Exploration co-founder Paul Sereno were honored at the White House by receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring.

Since 2006, the Pearson Foundation has supported Project Exploration by funding the organization's Field Institute, which offers specialized training to exceptional Chicago Public School science teachers. More recently, we've funded Project Exploration's beginning investigation in broader, more sustained professional development support for educators.

All the while, Project Exploration has been thriving. The organization has served more than 1,000 middle school and high school students, and a recent study by the University of California – Berkeley revealed that 95 percent of Project Exploration participants had graduated from high school, and 60 percent of those who went on to college are pursuing—or have earned—degrees related to science and math.

To learn more about Gabe's recognition, check out the Chicago Magazine article.

To learn more about the Pearson Foundation's involvement with Project Exploration, please visit

Congratulations Gabe!

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