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President’s Report
Through leadership opportunities, global experiences, faculty-mentored
research, corporate connections, and a culture that prizes innovation and
entrepreneurship, all students get the skills, experience and confidence they
need to excel in their careers.
A Remarkable Impact on the World.
Clarkson alumni experience accelerated career success. Salaries rank
among the highest salaries in the country (Top 2-percent) according to
PayScale College Salary Report 2016-2017.
While according to the Bookings Institute, a degree from Clarkson
increases earnings by 42 percent, on average. That earnings boost places
Clarkson in the Top 10 universities that increase salaries the most.
A TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE
A Transformative Educational Experience
that stretches students to learn, create and succeed.
Laboratory Learning
Smriti Dasgupta ’17
Major:
Electrical &
Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor:
Prof. Jie Li
Project:
Installation of a
Microgrid on the Clarkson
campus and a Study of
Different Sized PV Panels
Jerson Batista ’17
Major:
Mathematics
Faculty Mentor:
Prof. Joseph Skufca
Project:
Water Audits and
Leak Detection Systems
Data Analysis
Rachel Yerden ’19
Major:
Biology
Faculty Mentors:
Profs.
Thomas Lufkin and Petra Kraus
Project:
In Search of Distinct
Markers for Cells of the
Intervertebral Disc Lineages
CUPO 2016
Summer Research
Program
More than 30 students participated
in research in science, engineering,
mathematics and health sciences last
summer through a program offered by
the Community of Underrepresented
Professional Opportunities (CUPO) office.
uring her postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
Research/MIT, Assistant Professor of Biology Cintia Hongay became
fascinated by a particular enzyme and its role in cell fate decisions in yeast.
Two years ago, Hongay was awarded a research grant from the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the enzyme in fruit flies and zebrafish.
Her research centers around the effects of this RNA-modifying enzyme in
development, which Hongay showed to be essential for the life cycle in fruit flies,
and how the enzyme controls the commitment to different cell differentiation
paths. Hongay has studied this gene in yeast, fruit flies and zebrafish as
groundwork to understanding its function in humans.
“It is a very powerful enzyme for development, and it’s present in humans
and mice, and other organisms,” she says.
Her NIH grant also included a Research Diversity Supplement, which
enables Hongay to support underrepresented students in her lab. Clarkson’s
CUPO (Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities) and
Honors program have also provided funding for student-researchers.
“It is very important for academia to have more women and minorities
represented,” she says. “Science should reflect society, and different perspectives
and points of view
strengthen collaboration
and move science
forward.”
“I enjoy having
students in my lab. I get
to know them and they
get to know me, not
as a professor giving a
lecture, but as a scientist
in action.”
Clarkson Honors student
Kiara Cruickshank ’19,
Daniel Austin ’18 and
Zoila Urena ’17 spent last
summer working with Prof.
Cintia Hongay in the lab,
learning about Drosophila
(fruit fly) husbandry and
performing basic genetics
research including
phenotype analyses and
gene expression. SUNY
Potsdam student Nnaebuka Ononye ’18,a McNair Scholar at Clarkson, worked on a
separate project analyzing the antibacterial properties of a newly developed utensil cleaner.
(l-r) Zoila Urena ’17, Kiara Cruickshank ’19, Prof. Cintia Hongay, Daniel Austin ’18,
and Nnaebuka Ononye ’18.
Smriti Dasgupta ’17
Olivia Mascaro ’17
Tyler Bershad ’16
500
Number of faculty-mentored
research opportunities
for students annually.
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