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PITTSBURGH MAN WINS ALUMNUS AWARD FROM NATIONAL FUTURE CITY COMPETITION
 
 
 University of Pittsburgh medical student Stephen Canton has been named the Future City 2018 Alumnus of the Year by the national Future City Competition. Canton participated in Carnegie Science Center’s Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition in 2004 and 2005 when he was a student at St. Benedict the Moor School in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Regional Future City coordinators nominate former participants in their areas who have remained active in the program or whose lives have been positively affected by the program for the national alumni award.
 
The Future City Competition fosters interest in math, science, and engineering in sixth- through eighth-graders, who showcase their vision of a city design using SimCityTM software, an essay, a scale model, a project plan, and a presentation.
 
As the national honoree, Canton will be a judge at the 2018 national Future City Competition in February in Washington, D.C. and give a speech there. He also will be honored for his selection as national and regional Alumnus of the Year at the Science Center’s Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition, presented in partnership with the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, which will be Saturday, Jan. 20, in Carnegie Music Hall.
 
Canton received a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2015. He expects to complete his medical degree with a concentration in bioengineering, biotechnology, and innovation from Pitt’s School of Medicine in 2020.
 
Canton worked as a biomedical engineer in 2015 and 2016 for the Kessler Foundation in West Orange, N.J., where he performed research to improve the mobility of individuals with spinal-cord injuries.
 
When he learned he had won the national alumni award, Canton said, “I was at an absolute loss for words. Yes, I have worked very hard throughout my academic and professional career, but this specific award has meaning beyond my personal achievements. This award is for the Pittsburgh Future City Competition and my family, who have been very supportive the entire way.”
 
He said participation in the competition helped mold his academic prowess and intellectual curiosity at a critical time in his life. “The Future City Competition is more than your typical middle school science project. It provides an opportunity for middle school students around the country to think beyond, not only the scope of the classroom but also the world around them,” he said.
 
“In my current roles as a researcher, bioengineer and physician to be, I utilize skills that I learned while participating in Future City: application of math and science education, teamwork, research, time/project management, and confidence that my hard work can actually make a difference in the lives of future citizens.”
 
Lisa Kosick, Education Coordinator for Carnegie Science Center and Future City Regional Coordinator, said it is wonderful that a Pittsburgh competition alum is being recognized as the national Alumnus of the Year.
 
“Steve’s success as an adult and his recognition of the importance of the Future City Competition in his life and the lives of other middle schoolers make him the perfect choice for this honor,” Kosick said.

 

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