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Last updated Tuesday, March 18, 2021 A Publication of the Office of Marketing & Communications

FSC Students Excel at CSTEP Conference

CSTEP winners (L-R) Maxine Harris, Bazit Bisiolu and Tunisia Solomon

Three FSC students were recognized for excellence in research and presentation at last month’s 28th Annual CSTEP Conference, in upstate Lake George.

First Place winners were Tunisia Solomon ’19 and Bazit Bisiolu ’19, with Maxine Harris ’18 taking home second place. Solomon won in the Math/Physics/ Computer Science category for her poster presentation. Bisiolu’s oral presentation brought home the top prize inĀ  Physics, and Harris’s poster presentation placed in Math/Physics/Computer Science.

The trio’s awards are all the more impressive when you consider that the conference featured more than 650 students representing more than 50 institutions. Each student was quick to give credit for the support of their mentors: Dr. Worku T. Bitew, mathematics department, and Dr. Edmund Douglass, physics. Risa Stein, director of FSC’s CSTEP program, also received praise.

CSTEP – Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program – was established at Farmingdale in 1999, and is one of only 50 such programs in New York State. The objectives of CSTEP are to attract and retain students enrolled in undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health-related fields, and prepare students for careers in licensed professions.


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