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Four Clarkson University Students Win Awards at CSTEP Conference

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Four Clarkson University students received awards at the 19th annual statewide College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Student Conference: Journeys Beyond Excellence in Bolton Landing, N.Y., last weekend.

Theodore D. Glave, David A. Yambay, Keisha Pierre-Lys and Nicolas Polanco.Theodore D. Glave, a senior chemical engineering major from Bronx, N.Y., was awarded first prize for his oral presentation in the technology division on "Novel Nanocomposite Materials for Solar Cell Fabrication." He was mentored by Prof. John B. McLaughlin.

David A. Yambay, a senior electrical engineering major from Wallkill, N.Y., received second place in the same division for his oral presentation "LivDet 2011-Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition 2011." He was mentored by Prof. Stephanie A. Schuckers.

Keisha Pierre-Lys, a junior biology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., was awarded first prize for her poster presentation in the social sciences division on " Stress, Race, and Gender: The Impact on Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol Use Among College Students." She was mentored by Prof. Tina R. Norton.

Nicolas Polanco, a junior engineering & management student from New York, N.Y., received second place in the technology division for his poster presentation “Developing Alternative Biometric Spoofing Techniques." He was mentored by Schuckers.

Eight students in the Clarkson University CSTEP program attended the conference.

Other poster presentations were made by Yuling Huang, a senior chemical engineering major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Muhammed Yusuf, a junior physics major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Ras Kasa Williams, a sophomore computer engineering student from Brooklyn, N.Y.

George Apau, a junior bimolecular science major from Brooklyn, N.Y., served as a student ambassador at the conference.

The goal of CSTEP is to Increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. CSTEP is sponsored by the New York State Education Department's Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Four Clarkson University students recently received awards at the College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Student Conference. Left to right: Theodore D. Glave, David A. Yambay, Keisha Pierre-Lys and Nicolas Polanco.

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