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July 19, 2007

Bioscience Student Earns Award at Statewide CSTEP Conference

Mel Pilar Espaillat was recognized for her outstanding work in presenting a poster session at the statewide CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) Conference, held in Lake George , April 13-15, 2007.

Ms. Espaillat, a Copaigue resident, won a second prize for her work titled "Molecular Mechanisms of IL-10 Mediated Modulation of Dendritic Cell (DC) Activity During Early Stages of Development." Dr. Santiago-Schwarz, professor of biology at FSC, was her advisor and mentor for the research project leading to the award. Ms. Espaillat graduated with a BS degree in Bioscience in May 2007.

The three-day conference included motivational, professional, and career related workshops, dynamic, and engaging speakers, gourmet meals, entertainment, and the 3rd Annual Graduate and Opportunities Fair. At the center of the conference was the  Student Poster Presentation Competition.

Approximately 100 students competed in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and human services categories to become the best in their field of study. Approximately 500 students and staff attend the conference each year from over 45 schools and colleges across the state of New York .