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Summer Academy Post-Freshman Summer Bridge Program

The Math & Science Summer Academy, CSTEP/LSAMP’s Post Freshmen Summer Bridge Program, is designed to provide enrolled Onondaga Community College CSTEP and LSAMP students with the opportunity to complete a six-week course in science, mathematics, computer, or technology. Students take one four-credit course, attend a three-hour study lab session, and participate in a two-hour tutorial session, as well as, various enrichment activities

The following courses are being offered for Summer 2014:

  • Chemistry 103 (General Chemistry I)
  • Math 161 (Calculus I)
  • Math 162 (Calculus II)

Please note that this program is FREE for eligible students If you are interested, please contact the CSTEP/LSAMP office at (315) 498-2352.

Coming Soon: Cosmos

Congratulations, Dewayne Garner Jr.!

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is proud to congratulate Dewane Garner, Jr. His abstract Immunomodulation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Quorum Signaling Molecules was selected for a poster session at the 2013 Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence Conference, “A Call to Action: LSAMP Model for Broadening Participation”. Dewayne presented his poster at the conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 21, 2013.

A College Kid, a Single Mom, and the Problem with the Poverty Line

Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.

According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. The $8,000 he earns doing odd jobs puts him well below the $11,945 poverty threshold for an individual. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that more than half of all college students who are living off campus and not at home are poor.

Saccoccio has lots of student loans and lives off campus in a Bronx apartment where the elevator, heat and hot water don't always work. Sometimes, he microwaves water in Tupperware to wash his hair.

Still, he says, "I really don't think of the 'poor college' kid as actually somebody who is in poverty. ... It's a temporary investment, and you don't have to live like you do in college after you leave school."

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LSAMP Program Has Key Role in Minority STEM Degree Attainment

Dr. Al-Aakhir Ahad Rogers is one of more than 5,000 young STEM scholars featured in a new 756-page National Science Foundation book titled “Underrepresented Minorities: A Rich Pool of STEM Talent. Who Will Do Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Future?” A subtitle of the book seeks to answer that question as such: “5,000+ Young Stem Scholars Point to LSAMP!” Read the full article here. 

STEM Majors Prove Especially Profitable for Minority Students: Study

According to a study published in the June issue of Research in Higher Education, majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) proves to be the most profitable for minority students, whether they actually pursue the STEM field professionally or not. Read the full article here.

NSF Grant Opportunities

The National Science Foundation hopes more community college faculty will participate in the agency's competitive grant process as applicants and reviewers. Please feel free to contact Terry Albanese at (315) 498-6056 if you have any questions about the grant process on campus.


Student Experiences, Over Coming Barriers  

Do You Know Who Invented the Cell Phone

Did you ever wonder who invented the Cell Phone? Ok, let's say that you are on a TV game show and have to answer this question to win $10M. The question is, who invented the cellular phone? In all probability most of us could not answer this question. Those of you who know are in a very small minority.

The inventor of the Cellular phone is Henry Sampson, Jr. Sampson is an African-American from Jackson , Mississippi . He attended Morehouse and transferred to Purdue. He received an MS in Engineering from the University Of California (Go Bears). He was awarded an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Illinois and his Ph.D from Illinois. Sampson is the first African-American to receive a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering.

In 1971 Sampson was awarded a patent for the "gamma-electric cell." This technology was used in the cellular phone. Hopefully Dr. Sampson was well rewarded for his efforts.  All right, now that you have this information join the "Tell a Brother Club" by passing this information on to more individuals who are uninformed.  (Barbershops and Beauty Salons are great places to discuss this info).  During the week let the entire world know about Dr. Sampson. This is called The "Breakdown the Stereotype Campaign." 

Interesting Videos  

Documenting the Need for Minority Students in Science

A new report from the National Academies outlines the reasons why efforts to improve the science and technology work force in the United States cannot succeed without progress at educating more minority students in these fields. For the United States to reach the national goal of having 10 percent of all 24-year-olds holding a degree in science or engineering disciplines, the number of underrepresented minority students in these fields would need to at least quadruple, the report says. The report highlights steps colleges and universities could take -- based on the successes of some institutions -- in attracting and graduating more minority students in science.

National Science Board Report Calls for Equity, Excellence and Opportunity in STEM

College-educated Americans More Likely Experience Job Satisfaction, Lead Healthier Lives, Study Says