McNair, CSTEP Students Visit Albany
Two McNair Scholars and two CSTEP students comprised four of the nineteen St. Lawrence University students that took part in the first SLU Connect Albany event during Mid-Semester Break.
For Zara Martin, a junior from Jamaica, New York, it was an eye-opening experience. "I was so inspired by everyone we met and what they had to say" she remarked. "I learned about many different career options through networking at the different events and can see myself living and working in Albany after I graduate."
After she graduates, Zara hopes to combine her interests in communications and biology through pursuing a Masters of Public Health.
St. Lawrence University McNair Scholars & CSTEP students who participated in SLU Connect Albany include: Essence Parker '17, Michelle Duran '17, Gabby Smith '18 and Zara Martin '18.
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.
The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a pioneer African American astronaut who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The McNair program is designed to motivate and support students who are underrepresented in graduate education, who meet economic eligibility requirements, and who may be the first in their families to attend college. The program is also meant to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented groups.
For more information, visit www.stlawu.edu/cstep-and-mcnair.