McNair, CSTEP Students Participate in Research, Internships

Eleven St. Lawrence University Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) scholars conducted research or participated in internships on campus this summer.

McNair and CSTEP scholars completed faculty-mentored research projects, developed oral and poster presentations and prepared for the graduate school admissions application process. Throughout the summer, scholars attended Community of Graduate Scholars seminars, where they developed their writing skills, worked with faculty and staff on graduate school application documents, and learned how to navigate the graduate school interview process. Scholars also attended a professional etiquette dinner and participated in volunteer activities with Campus Kitchens.

Halley Choy '17 worked alongside Dr. Peter Pettengill, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies analyzing the impacts of recreation on the Great Barrier Reef. This project followed her semester abroad in Australia. "Looking back it these past couple months I am so grateful and happy with how everything turned out with my research.  Starting it in the winter and working on it while I was abroad in Australia really paid off," she reflected. "I learned a lot this summer and improved many skills like scholarly writing and referencing. I learned how to better study for the GREs and prepare for applying to graduate school."

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is named in honor of 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 attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented groups.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State program designed for residents who belong to groups historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, or licensed professions or who are economically disadvantaged, and demonstrate interest in, and potential for, a CSTEP-targeted profession.

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2016 St. Lawrence University McNair Scholars:

Halley Choy '17
Major: Environmental Studies & Psychology
Mentor: Peter Pettengill
Project Title: "The Impacts of Recreating to the Great Barrier Reef"

E.J. Curtis '17
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Samantha Glazier
Project Title: "Anthracycline Interaction with DNA"

A. Encarnacion '17
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Jenny Su
Project Title: "Parental Racial-Ethnic Socialization: The Effects of Parental-Ethnic Socialization on Latino Immigrant Children and Adolescents"

Samuel Foote '18
Major: Neuroscience
Mentor: Alexander Schreiber
Project Title: "A Baseline Survey of Thymus Gland Morphology and Histology in Postmetamorphic Xenopus laevis Froglets"

James Holley-Grisham '17
Major: Mathematics 
Mentor: Ivan Ramler
Project Title: "Using Stylometry to Classify Movie Script Genres"

Tanveer Kalo '18
Major: Government
Mentor: Howard Eissenstat
Project Title: "Readings in Political Islam"

Essence Parker '17
Major: Economics
Mentor: Meryl Motika
Project Title: "Ban the Box: An Economic Experiment"

2016 St. Lawrence University Pre-McNair Scholars:

Shyanne White '19
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Adam Hill
Project Title: "Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica Substrates for Photocatalysis Reactions"

2016 St. Lawrence CSTEP Interns:

Tenzin Choeyang '19
Major: Mathematics
Mentor: Ivan Ramler
Project Title: "Using IMDb’s TV Show Ratings as a Teaching Tool"

Claire Dudley '19
Major: Biology
Mentor: Alexander Schreiber
Project Title: "Influence of Different Steroid Classes on the Immune System in Tadpoles (Xenopus laevis)"

Estela Lucas '18
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Jenny Su
Project Title: "The Effects of Parental Divorce on Academic Performance among Young Latino/Hispanic Adults"