Marina Polonskaia has a Ph.D. in theoretical biophysics from the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Right after her defense she moved to the USA and worked as a postdoctoral research associate and research scientist at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), HMS (Harvard Medical School) and Stony Brook University.
In 2004 a group of enthusiastic scientists and faculty from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab launched a weekend academic enrichment program for children ages 3 –16. In the beginning the program had only about 60 students and 12 instructors. The first subjects were: Math, Physics, Art and Russian language. Marina was one of those scientists and became the first Director of the new school.
As the school grew and evolved, new subjects were added – a math and language program for children ages 3–5 and language instruction in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
SchoolNova at Stony Brook was designed to provide the opportunity for motivated students to learn more deeply in the areas of mathematics, science, languages and visual arts. SchoolNova team believes in the unique value of teaching by highly educated professionals who work in research and are passionate about their subjects. As teachers present their academic material, it is carried through the prism of their professional experience and forms an invaluable supplement to ordinary schooling.
In 2013 SchoolNova became a 501(c)(3) educational not-for-profit organization. Now the school has more than 450 students, employs almost 40 instructors, and offers 95 classes in 14 subjects.
Marina Polonskaia continues to be a Principal of SchoolNova at Stony Brook as well as Executive Director of the organization.
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