students using scientific equipment

Supporting Student Innovation


A generous gift from Robert H. Sammis ’51 is helping to fund scientific exploration and a new campus maker space

A recent gift from the late Robert Sammis ’51 is already at work on campus, helping support one of the key Williston Builds campaign priorities—Academic Excellence. Thanks to Sammis’ generosity, students in AP Computer Science, Biology, and Genetics classes now have cutting-edge new equipment, ranging from specialty computers to a thermocycler and gel electrophoresis chambers.

“In all levels of biology, students can now run high-level genetic and molecular experiments, which is pretty amazing,” says science teacher Chris Pelliccia. In addition, Sammis’ gift helped outfit Williston’s new Maker Space in Reed Campus Center with 3D printers, laser cutters, and other tools for innovation.