CSTEP Students Mentored for Success

Delvison Castillo ’14, left and Andrew Rubio ’14

Delvison Castillo ’14, left and Andrew Rubio ’14

Edina Aboagye ’14 and Anthony Aggrey ’14

Edina Aboagye ’14 and Anthony Aggrey ’14

A dozen students from the more than 90 participants in Oswego’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program presented at the 22nd annual statewide CSTEP student conference at Lake George, N.Y., in April. Delvison Castillo ’14 took an honorable mention in oral presentation for technology, and Andrew Rubio ’14 won first place in the zoology, ecology and public health poster category. Dr. Cleane Medeiros, director, says the state-funded program has been successful in serving scholars from historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged populations by helping them develop action plans to keep focused—from their freshman through senior years—on their academic goals. CSTEP scholars participate in summer research programs and internships that often take them to laboratories throughout the world. For the past three consecutive years, a student from the program has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Earl Bellinger ’12, Barbara Ciceron ’13 and Larissa Assam ’14. “Our students come to college with a dream,” Medeiros says. “We work with them through motivation, mentoring, tutoring, research and summer enrichment programs to develop strategies on how to make those dreams reality. Their success is our first and most important goal.”

—Linda Loomis ’90 M’97

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