Student Receives National Role Model Award | St. Lawrence University

Student Receives National Role Model Award

The Minority Access National Role Models Project recently recognized St. Lawrence University Senior Kenneth Adames-Ramos '20 as a national student role model at its annual conference in Washington D.C. Minority Access honors inspiring students, faculty, alumni, innovators and diverse institutions as role models to expand the pool of minority scientists, researchers and professionals in fields underrepresented by minorities.

"It was inspiring and an honor to be among so many accomplished professionals and innovators," Adames-Ramos reflected. "I have been focusing on my goal of becoming a physician. I never expected that I would be a source of inspiration for other students."

Adames-Ramos, a neuroscience major and CSTEP and McNair Scholar from Fort Lee, Virginia, has conducted summer research, titled "Characterization of Amyloid Fibers Formed by Microbacterium Species." This past summer, he completed a CSTEP experiential internship with a New York State-regulated Comfort Care Home, providing care and support to terminally ill individuals in need of a home during their final days.

While at the conference, Kenneth attended several networking panels, a graduate school fair, and student presentations.

Also receiving an award at the conference was Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology Ana Estevez. Estevez regularly involves St. Lawrence neuroscience students in her research investigating potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases. Many of her former students have continued on to graduate studies in biology and neuroscience.

Adames-Ramos and Estevez were joined at the conference gala event by Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Flint-Hamilton.

Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices. The organization has received national acclaim for its success in advancing educational, research, and employment opportunities through the National Role Models Project, National Role Models Conference, student internship programs, college readiness and access programs, and other enriching programs.

CSTEP Program aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields.

For more information, visit www.stlawu.edu/cstep-and-mcnair.