Queensborough Students Return Triumphant from the 26th Annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference

Published: May 25, 2018

STEM students Shanelle Smith and Oscar Bermudes won first place for their oral presentations in the categories of nanotechnology and environmental and earth science, at the Annual Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Conference in April.

The event, which took place at The Sagamore on Lake George, hosted more than 600 students and staff from 50 different CSTEP institutions. There were approximately 120 student presenters. Three out of the six presenters from Queensborough won awards.

The CSTEP Annual Statewide Conference is designed to foster talented students’ academic success in preparing for professional licensure or careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or the licensed professions.

“I congratulate our students and their mentors on this outstanding success. Their dedication, hard work and enthusiasm inspire other students to pursue STEM research,” said Marie-Francesca Berrouët, Director, CSTEP Program.

First place winners:

Student’s name:       Shanelle Smith

Category:                Nanotechnology

QCC Mentor:            Dr. Sujun Wei, Chemistry

Title:                      Imidazole as a Novel and Robust Gold Binding Group at STM-BJ

Student’s name:       Oscar Bermudes

Category:                Environmental and Earth Science

QCC Mentor:            Dr. Andrew Nguyen, Biological Sciences and Geology

Title:                      Examining Environmental Isolates of Staphyloccus aureus using loop mediated (LAMP) amplification

Second place winner: (Honorable Mention)

Student’s name:      Mateo Saenz

Category:               Microbiology

QCC Mentor:           Dr. Naydu Carmona, Biological Sciences and Geology

Title:                     Phenotypic Analysis of an Overexpressing Rhomboid Protease Mutant

Other QCC/CSTEP Student presenters


Student’s name:      Leslie Ramirez
Category:              Environmental Science
QCC Mentor:           Dr. Paul Marchese, Physics
Title:                     Nitrogen concentration trends in Long Island Sound

Student’s name:        Anjali Gaba

Category:                 Nanotechnology

QCC Mentor:              Dr. Moni Chauhan, Chemistry

Title:                        Green synthesis of PolyRhodanine conducting polymer

Student’s name:        Khushpreet Kaur

Category:                 Physics

QCC Mentor:             Dr. Sunil Dehipawala, Physics

Title:                       Structural Study of Iron/nickel Mixed oxides in Thin Film Magnets

 Read more about the conference and the research participants.



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