Several St. Lawrence Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) students participated in the 2018 CSTEP Statewide Student Conference held at The Sagamore on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York, from April 13 to 15.
Students participated in academic, professional and personal development workshops and a graduate school and STEM profession opportunities fair. Seniors Zara Martin ’18, a performance and communication arts major from Queens, and Eloiza Miranda ’18, a global studies major and art and art history minor from Manhattan, showcased their summer 2017 research experiences.
Martin presented a paper titled, “Whiteness as a Commodity: A Genre Description Based Rhetorical Analysis of Skin Bleaching Ads Targeting Non-White Consumers.” Miranda presented a poster, titled, “A Struggle for Blackness: Expressions of Race and Culture in Dominican Republic and Trinidadian Carnival.”
Cheyenne McQuain ’20 of Glens Falls, Kenneth Adames-Ramos ’20 of Ft. Lee, Virginia, Makenna Burr ’21 of Forestport, Susan Liu ’21 of Queens, Marcelo Ortiz ’21 of Penfield, and Ariela Reyes ’21 of Bronx also were in attendance.
Kim Overrocker, CSTEP program liaison representing New York’s Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success greeted conference attendees with opening remarks stating, “This annual event is an opportunity for members of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Community to come together and share in the display of intellect, talent and creativity of a segment of the statewide student community.”
CSTEP, a program funded by the New York State Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who complete education programs that lead to professional licensure or certification and to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields.