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CSTEP Graduates Attending Medical School in Fall

Three graduating seniors who took part in St. Lawrence University’s Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) have been accepted into medical school for the fall.

Ellis J. (EJ) Curtis, III ’17, of Canton, New York, will attend the University of California at San Diego, Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) program. Through his work with his mentor, Associate Professor of Chemistry Samantha Glazier, he found research to be a way to contribute to the field of cancer treatment. His professional plan is to obtain the education necessary for him to pursue a career which will allow him to integrate research with the practice of medicine. Curtis was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.

Danielle Clifford ’17 of Esperance, New York, plans to attend Upstate Medical University College of Medicine with a focus on rural medicine. Clifford has been selected for the prestigious Alumni Scholar Award, which recognizes her outstanding credentials and desire to become a physician. Receiving the largest award given by the Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation, she will be able to focus on her studies and move closer toward her current goal of a career specializing in psychiatry.

Thomas Bedard ’17 of Mooers, New York, also will be attending the Upstate Medical University College of Medicine - Rural Medical Program. His interest in medicine was inspired through his participation in the New York State New Visions: Medical Careers exploratory course for high school students at the Champlain Valley Educational Services in Plattsburgh. While at St. Lawrence, Bedard’s interests in the field of medicine continued to grow under the guidance of his McNair faculty mentor Joseph Erlichman, professor and R. Sheldon '68 and Virginia H. Johnson Chair of Science. Bedard also volunteered with Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and the University Emergency Medical Services.

For more information CSTEP and McNair, visit www.stlawu.edu/cstep-and-mcnair.

Additional 2017 graduates who will begin Ph.D. programs this fall include:

  • Isabel Bogacz '17, of Tilton, New Hampshire: University of California, Berkeley, in physical chemistry 
  • Vanessa Chilunda '17 of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: Albert Einstein College of Medicine in biochemistry
  • Heather Raimer '17 of Rollinsford, New Hampshire: University of Virginia in biochemistry
  • Brenda Winn '17 of Cromwell, Connecticut: Northeastern University in medicinal chemistry
  • Wenyao Zhang '17 of Beijing, China: Cornell University in physical chemistry