St. Lawrence University CSTEP hosts Northern NY Symposium

On Saturday, February 11, St. Lawrence University's Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) hosted approximately 140 students, faculty, and staff from SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, Jefferson Community College, and Clarkson for the 21st Annual Career Exploration Symposium.

The day began with a graduate school/career fair and poster presentation session followed by career panels and professional development workshops.

Professionals from a variety of fields sat on career panels and facilitated professional development workshops. Alumni including Dr. Blaine T. Bettinger ‘98, Dr. Sara Morrison ’00, Dr. Christopher Brandy ’70, and Dr. Ruth Hart '75, returned to campus to share their expertise with the undergraduate students.

The evening ended with a dinner reception which included remarks from each of the university's outstanding seniors as well as special guest Kim Overrocker, Ed.d from the New York State Department of Education. 

"The facilities, students, staff and general atmosphere of the event was unbelievable!" she said. "Having served as a program Director for 8 years before coming to NYSED, I can understand the hours and time put into this important work and from the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough."

The symposium is an annual event held by the Northern New York CSTEP and STEP network which consists of Clarkson University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Jefferson Community College and St. Lawrence University.

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.

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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