CSTEP attendees

Hostos students took home three first place awards at the 27th Annual CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) Statewide student conference. Held April 12-14 at The Sagamore on Lake George, New York, this year’s conference was attended by over 600 participants, including faculty and undergraduates from 52 institutions from New York State.
Elayne Blancas, who was mentored by Professor Moise Koffi of the Mathematics Department, placed first in the Physical Sciences II category for her oral presentation, “Understanding Heat Dissipation in Elephants Using Thermal Imaging Techniques.”

Fatimata Kafando and Ndeye Bakhoum received the first-place award in the Biology I category for their poster presentation, "Modulation of MicroRNAs by Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate in Cancer Biology: A Computational Study.” They were mentored by Professor Yoel Rodríguez of the Natural Sciences Department, as were Abdul Aziz Nignan and Dariel Arrechaga, who earned first place in the Chemistry and Biochemistry category for their poster presentation, "Development of Small-Molecule Modulators of DREAM to Investigate Neurodegenerative Diseases.”

Other Hostos students who attended the conference were Arafate Idohou, Escarle Beato, Raziel Benreuben, Ibrahima Doukoure, Javier Corro, Alexander Fajardo,Emilio Pena,Vanessa Pujols, Ceenu Shaji, among which all presenters received medals for participating in the oral or poster competition. Kingsley Odae was also in attendance and represented the College as our student ambassador.