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Clarkson Sophomore Named Outstanding Researcher In Statewide Competition

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Terrance Richards, a Clarkson University sophomore majoring in biology, was recognized as the Outstanding Freshman/Sophomore Researcher in the Natural Sciences by the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at the 13th Annual Statewide CSTEP Conference held at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, New York, April 15-17. Richards was selected by the judges from over 90 poster presenters representing 47 different colleges and universities across the state. terrence_davis_cstep

Recently accepted to participate in Clarkson’s 2005 Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, Richards plans to continue his work synthesizing peptide molecules this summer and plans to pursue a degree in medicine in the future.

CSTEP has been in existence at Clarkson since 1994 and is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Education to support 45 students annually. CSTEP is designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program provides students with academic support, tutoring, workshops, internship opportunities, graduate school preparation and visits, and a summer faculty-guided research program. Along with its sister program STEP, CSTEP was recently recognized nationally with the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

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Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the arts and sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Terrence Richards, a Clarkson sophomore, makes a poster presentation at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program’s (CSTEP) Annual Statewide conference. Richards was selected as the CSTEP Outstanding Freshman/Sophomore Researcher in the natural sciences from over 90 participants, representing 47 colleges and universities.

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