CSTEP Students Will Participate in Summer Research Internships

Sylvie Choiniere ’16 and Erika Rodbell ’16, two of St. Lawrence University’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) students, will participate in faculty-mentored research internships on campus this summer.

Both students will complete a faculty-mentored research project, develop oral and poster presentations, and prepare for graduate school admissions tests. Throughout the summer, students will participate in a “Community of Graduate Scholars” seminar where they will develop their writing skills, work with faculty and staff on graduate school application documents, and learn how to navigate the graduate school interview process. They will also have the opportunity to attend a professional etiquette dinner and participate in volunteer activities with the Grasse River Heritage Group.

Sylvie, a Biology major from Malone, New York, will work with Karin Heckman, assistant professor of biology, on a project titled, “Cerium-Oxide Nanoparticle Delivery Via Macrophages: Levels of Reactive Oxygen Species Define Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms.”

Erika, a conservation biology major from Scotia, New York, will work with Alexander Stewart, assistant professor of geology, on a project titled, “Dendroclimatological Analysis of Sugar Maples: A Way to Increase Sugarbush Productivity.”

CSTEP, a program funded by the New York State Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs that lead to professional licensure and to careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.

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