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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.

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