MCC Daily Tribune
CSTEP Students Present at a Statewide Conference
On April 13 2019, four MCC CSTEP students presented their research work from summer 2018 at the Annual Statewide CSTEP Conference. Carlye Jones (Health Studies) won first place for her oral presentation of her research topic, "Illusory Contours and Visual Development in Children: An Eye Tracking Paradigm." Neka Lemea (Engineering Science) presented her poster on "Building Connections." Hillary Manley (Biology) presented her poster on "Atrazine Affects Drosophila Melanogaster Emergence and Development Time." Leon Harvey (MCC 2018 Graduate in Biology, now attending the University of Rochester), presented his poster on "Approach to Development of an Efficient Petasis-Borono Mannich Reaction (PBM)."
Carlye, Hillary, and Leon conducted their research at Binghamton University via the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program. Neka conducted her research at the Rochester Institute of Technology through funds from CSTEP and ULSAMP.
Kudos to these students (and one alumnus) for their accomplishments in conducting research and having their abstracts accepted to present at the statewide CSTEP conference.
CSTEP, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, is legislative grant funded by New York State Education Department. Its purpose is to increase the numbers of students who are from a historically underrepresented minority population or economically disadvantaged; to prepare for and enter Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Licensed or Health (STEML) professions. CSTEP has been at the College for thirty-three years.
LSAMP, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation. An Alliance-based program, LSAMP assists universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines. This is MCC's 12th year as a member of the Upstate LSAMP. This Alliance is comprised of seven higher education institutions: Syracuse University (lead institution), Clarkson University, Cornell University College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Onondaga Community College.
Bridges to the Baccalaureate is a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. It seeks to enhance the pool of individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce by providing educational and training opportunities, such as research experiences, to Underrepresented Minority students (URM's). MCC has been a partner in the Binghamton University Bridges to Baccalaureate consortium for 18 years.
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