Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Highlights

Posted by CPMC Staff on February 27, 2014 in Program Highlights, Student Highlights

CSTEP students are in the news.  Below you will read about Christ Ange receiving a scholarship and Ledum Nordee an alumnus of CSTEP.  In additional, two CSTEP students Michael Singletary and Melissa Pierre-Louis talk about their amazing internship opportunities.

Scholar Profile:  UBAA Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Scholarship program was established by the University at Buffalo Alumni Association (UBAA) through its board of directors to assist currently enrolled students who are children or grandchildren of UB alumni. The Legacy Scholarship, which was instituted in 2008, was renamed the Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship in 2009. When we think of the word “legacy”, we think of an inheritance – something valuable handed down; the concept of connectedness – as in a family; and heritage – the traditions, pride, and spirit. Willie R. Evans, a 1960 UB graduate, embodies all of those principles. As a student, he was part of the UB family; in particular, Willie played UB football and was a member of the 1958 UB Bulls football team that turned down an invitation to appear in the Tangerine Bowl because Evans and another black teammate would not be allowed to play alongside white players. As an alumnus, he has maintained his involvement with the university for decades. Willie has been involved with the UBAA since 1972. He is a lifetime member of the association, past president of the UBAA Board of Directors, and can be found at most University events still lending his support.

 This Fall, Christ Ange, or “Angel” to those who know her, was awarded the Legacy Scholarship for $3,000. She also participated in the 2013 CSTEP Summer Research Program where she worked as an intern with Dr. Rajendram Rajnarayanan of UB’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. Angel is currently in the process of applying to UB’s School of Pharmacy and hopes to begin her studies in the Fall of 2014.  Congratulations Angel!

CSTEP’s Outstanding Alumni

Ledum Nordee, Engineer
Degree(s) year of graduation: Electrical Engineering, B.S. 2008
Original City: New York, NY
Current City: Waltham, MA

Ledom Nordee

Current Job Position: Power System Engineer, Eaton Corporation
Community Involvement: Active participant of United Way Corporate Partnership
Organizations And Affiliations: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Alumni, IEEE
One fond memory of UB and/or CSTEP: As a CSTEP undergraduate research scholarship recipient (2007-2008), I was privileged to participate in the many activities setup by CSTEP to enhance academic experiences at UB beyond the classroom. I had the opportunity to get involved for the first time with a focused group of students and faculty who shared a common interest in promoting excellence in the STEM fields and gave students hands-on innovative science projects to work on.
Who you would like to thank: Shanna Crump-Owens, for her leadership encouragement and advisory assistance. Patricia Greer and Mary Boateng for their continuous friendship and patronage. Lastly, I like to thank Dr. Kwang Oh, who served as my research faculty advisor and continues to mentor me through my career in engineering.

Research Intern Spotlights:

Summer Mentor: Dr. Jessica Zirnheld, Assistant Professor
Internship Placement: Energy Systems Institute
Michael Singletary, Electrical Engineering. My research topic is “Phase and Ground Distance Relay”. This research focuses on protective relays, devices used to monitor and protect power systems, cutting the power of a specific area in the system in an effort to isolate the issue preventing any major damage. This Summer, I was introduced to the SEL-321 Phase and Ground Distance Relay, a device lent to the lab from the company Megger. Our research assists in the development of simulation algorithms used in categorizing faults, ensuring that whatever situation arises the relay will perform at a high degree of efficiency. Currently, I am tasked with researching new modes of implementation for relay protection. The CSTEP Summer Research Program isn’t just a program that provides research opportunities; it gave me access to alumni, scholarships, fellowships, friendships and networking. I learned that with being given opportunities, and taking advantage of them, you should also give back. These experiences inspired and motivated me to do the same for others.
Future Plans:  To obtain a master’s degree in the field of electrical engineering. My dream job would be to work at a company that’s innovative, unpredictable, and efficient. Excitement is what I’m looking for in a career which is partly why I joined the military. My military career goal would be to become an officer in the U.S. Army completing airborne, air assault, and ranger school. Also, I would also love to continue engaging in research that searches for a new form of power with the ability to sustain the global economy and ultimately replace fossil fuel completely.

Melissa Pierre-Louis

Melissa Pierre-Louis

Summer Mentor: Dr. Larry Hawk, Associate Professor
Internship Placement: Department of Pscyhology
Melissa Pierre-Louis, Psychology. My research this past summer was “A Literature Review of the Effect of Incentives on Working Memory (WM) among Children with ADHD.” Affecting approximately 5% of children worldwide, ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, demonstrated in multiple settings. Future investigations should examine additional schedules and levels of reinforcements, which may normalize WM for children with

ADHD. In addition, this review revealed that studies have only been conducted in school-aged children. It is critical to examine the effect of incentives on daily demands on WM that arise in the classroom and at home. I am still an intern in Dr. Hawk’s lab, helping recruit participants for a dissertation project. In addition, I have expanded the project I completed over the summer by adding new, relevant articles. I will also be looking at how methylphenidate (MPH) improves WM. This experience has been amazing because not only was it educational and informative, but it was uplifting and made me feel like the sky is the limit. The environment and workshops through the CSTEP Summer Research Program prepared and trained me to further any professional career. The internship has opened my mind to research and helped me to consider multiple career options. Most importantly, it was inspiring being around a great number of successful people. Overall, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Future Plans: I would like to attend medical school and become an Adolescent Psychiatrist.


Educational Opportunity Program Advocacy Day in Albany!

Posted by CPMC Staff on February 27, 2014 in Program Highlights, Student Highlights

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Advocacy Day was Wednesday, February 12, 2014.   There were seven students from UB who traveled by bus along with Denise Hare an EOP Counselor, to Albany.  The students were Lin Peng Gao, Dominique Case, Isaiah Davis, Ying San Leung, Emily Li, Dakwame Stewart, and Travis West. Along with the University at Buffalo students, there were also students from Fredonia, Geneseo, and the Buffalo Center.

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Below is the press release for Assemblyman Ceretto where he is shown with three UB students and Tom Tucker, President of Buffalo Center Chapter of UUP.

Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) welcomed three students from the University of Buffalo to the Capitol to discuss the importance of education as it relates to the success of New York State’s next generation. The students, Travis West, Emily Li and Dakwame Stewart, talked with Ceretto about their college experience, college costs and student aid, how they can best prepare to enter the workforce, and the resources that higher education needs to deliver the best education possible.

 “The New York we are creating now is the one that the next generation of New Yorkers will live in long after my generation is gone. Given the struggles that young adults are facing with debt and the lack of job opportunities, it was great to hear their perspective on what direction our state needs to take. I thank them for coming and sharing their thoughts,” said Ceretto.

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Assemblyman John Ceretto pictured with University of Buffalo students Dekwame Stewart, Emily Li, Travis West, and United University Professions Chapter President Thomas Tucker at the Capitol.


UB Acker Scholar Uses Her Winter Abroad Experience in Mexico as an Opportunity to Fund Educational Scholarships for Child Street Vendors

Posted by CPMC Staff on February 27, 2014 in Student Highlights

Senior UB Acker Scholar, Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez, participated in UB’s winter 2014 Study Abroad program in Mexico during her break from classes. What she thought would be a relaxing journey from the chilly Western New York weather turned out to be a life changing opportunity for her to help fund scholarships that would send several children, who were working on the streets of Mexico, to a local school for the entire academic year. “One of the trips we took to an organization that works with street children touched my heart, and from there, I sought financial support from friends back home and acquaintances at school.”

Christine was able to fully fund two scholarships to support child street vendors. These children of street vendors worked full days alongside their parents, selling various items to tourists.

Christine worked with the “El Sistema Municipal para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Cuernavaca” organization to help fund these children to return to school and gain an education. This government run organization was created by the First Lady to assist with the development of family integration in Mexico. Upon her return to campus this spring Christine hopes to help encourage her fellow UB student peers to surpass expectations by thinking creatively when studying abroad.

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It Still Takes a Village: The 2013 CPMC/EOP Summer Program

Posted by CPMC Staff on January 14, 2014 in Program Highlights

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The Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UB welcomed 210 of its newest EOP students to its 3.5-week residential summer program. This pre-frosh, academic summer program prepares students to be successful at UB. Activities kicked off on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, with the Staff Training Day, where nine academic counselors, 12 faculty, 25 tutors, 14 residential counselors, and 11 administrative staff participated in presentations and workshops, professional development, and strategic planning activities. Students arrived Saturday, July 6, and classes commenced on Monday, July 8. Summer Program instruction features an interdisciplinary approach with collaboration among English, World Civilization, and College Success faculty, designed to help students acquire critical thinking and research skills, write research papers, and learn to properly cite reference materials.

 Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, was required reading for this year’s entering class of EOP students, and the text helped to facilitate critical examination of many issues across the curriculum, including modernity and societal customs. In addition to World Civilization, Writing, and College Success, which contained study skills, time management, and library skills components, students completed mini-courses in Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology in lecture, lab, and recitation-style settings.

CPMC/EOP Summer Program helps students make the transition from high school to UB by giving them a slice of university life, with the same rigors and expectations students will encounter when they begin the fall semester. Students begin to understand college culture and the stressors of college life, so they can hit the ground running in the fall.

Classes met weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. and attendance was mandatory for all students accepted into EOP. The CPMC/EOP Summer Program is a highly structured and intensive program that also strengthened students’ reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills. In addition to the academic courses, the summer program also arranged a full schedule of evening and weekend recreational and social activities.

An awards ceremony concluded the 2013 Summer Program on Thursday, July 25. Summer program faculty presented 56 awards to students in the categories of “Highest Achievement” and “Best Effort” for English, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, World Civilization, College Success, Calculus, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Intermediate Algebra.

The CPMC/EOP Summer Program is a huge undertaking.  The primary professional staff involved in the planning and operation of the CPMC Summer Program included Dr. Henry J. Durand, Dr. Tracy Johnson, Manuel Wong, Kirkshinta Turnipseed, Brenda Sauka, Marecelina Rondon, Gudiya Msuku-Purks, Brandi Moses, Dr. James Louis Ramsey, Linda Zilgme, Lani Jendrowski, Denise Hare, Darryl Barnes, Vanessa Haddad, Elizabeth, Kerr, Dr. Sharon Amos, John Iorio, Michelle Bubnik, Amanda Herberger, Abiola Olatunde, Jacob Lang, Keith Wiley, Joel Grundy, and Nicholas Mason.

Here is what students had to say about the CPMC/EOP Summer Program:

“Now I am very well prepared for what’s going to be thrown at me in the fall.”
“The summer program gave me a reality check, and now I know how to understand concepts, not just memorize them.”
“The skills we learned were useful.”



by Dr. James Louis Ramsey


New EOP Counselor- Carlos Tejada

Posted by CPMC Staff on January 3, 2014 in Staff Highlights

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Carlos E. Tejada has worked for more than 25 years in the field of higher education. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and his master’s from The Ohio State University, Carlos began his career in the residence halls at the University of New Hampshire. Since that time, Carlos has focused his student-centered career in the Western New York area, working as a career counselor at Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. After the position as the Director of Academic Advisement at Niagara County Community College, Carlos went on to serve as the Associate Dean for Graduate Recruitment at Niagara University for seven years. Carlos is ecstatic to be back at UB and to return to his roots by providing direct counseling services to college students as a Senior EOP Counselor.


Mayor of Buffalo Recognizes EOP Counselor for Contributions

Posted by CPMC Staff on November 22, 2013 in Staff Highlights

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Marcelina (Marce) Rodriguez-Rondon was honored for her work in the field of Education and numerous contributions to the Latino Community at the City of Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Every year, Mayor Brown highlights the contributions made by members of the Hispanic community in various fields, and this year he recognized those in the field of education.

Marce serves as a Senior Counselor in the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program, and she is facilitator of the Student Parents Group for the Cora P. Maloney College. She is actively involved in the Buffalo community through her participation in the El Museo Francisco Oller Y Diego Rivera, Western Arts Group, Hispanic Women’s League Scholarship Committee, New East and West Health Task Force, and Holy Cross Church.

The celebration took place October 15, 2013, at noon in the Lobby of City Hall. Other honorees with a connection to the Cora P. Maloney College include former EOP Counselor Elsie Estrada Pacheco, now retired, and former EOP student Daniel C. Velez, who currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Success at Buffalo State College.