Category Archives: STEM Programs

Volunteer Judges Needed for 15th Environmental Challenge


CNY students learn more about science, with a little help from ESF students

SUEugeneNY-ESF graduate students help strengthen science learning in Syracuse city schools. Read more.

New Year – New Opportunites

Dear Friends, Collaborators, and Participants –

The New Year is a time for reflection and planning, and an opportunity to personally thank each of you who honor us with your ongoing active partnership and support.

This past year, ESF’s outreach included educational programs and technical services that engaged the College with a broad array of constituents. ESF faculty, staff and students, along with our partners, continued to pursue a diverse range of programs and projects that include on- and off-campus, online, credit and non-credit, and formal and informal learning opportunities for professionals, elementary through high school students, ESF students, and lifelong learners. ESF’s outreach supports environmental, educational, social and economic development in ways that advance both the public good and the College’s mission.

ESF in the High School, a concurrent enrollment program, for example, entails formal partnerships between ESF and high schools in Rochester, New York City and throughout Central /Upstate New York. Last year this program enabled well over 600 students to experience college-level work and to explore STEM and related academic and career opportunities. ESF in the High School also provides high-caliber STEM professional development opportunities for participating teachers.

ESF’s several professional education conferences and workshops continue to engage participants from communities of practice and scholarship in geographical communities near and far. One ongoing four-day workshop hosted by the Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering academic program recently engaged participants from Canada and eleven states, including Texas!

Three professional educational programs last year benefited the Central New York Community by generating a combined economic impact of nearly $300,000.

One initiative, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP) represents a truly 21st Century business/academic/public sector collaboration and a fully distributed online instructional approach that serves professionals and students throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As we look ahead to this New Year, please explore with us an ever more exciting calendar of programs to be held here in Central New York, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and in our virtual world. And please join us in recognizing and celebrating all of our partnerships, including those with the NYS DEC, with Rick Fedrizzi and the U.S. Green Building Council, the SUNY Research Foundation, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (to mention just a few).

I believe that, together with our ESF faculty, staff, students and alumni, we all have an opportunity to truly fulfill ESF’s outreach and service mission and, in turn, to make positive educational, professional, and economic differences in our communities and in our world.
Please contact us with your thoughts and questions – we look forward to working with you.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable New Year.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

ESF Science Corps Invites Nominations and Applications

SUNY-ESF’s STEM Mentoring Initiative to Strengthen the Education Pipeline is accepting nominations and applications from ESF graduate students to participate in the Spring 2015 program.  As a STEM Mentor, graduate students in the Science Corps serve as front-line role models for Syracuse City School District middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Participating mentors bring STEM content, research expertise, and passion to in-school learning activities.

Learn more about this NSF-funded program and apply online at Contact Brandon Murphy at or (315)470-6979/6817 for more information.

Please join us in congratulating the Fall 2014 Science Corps and their academic advisors:

  • Funmi Alfelumo, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Lee Newman, advisor.
  • Adriana Beltrani, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Sophie Finlayson-Schueler, Environmental Science, Dr. Margaret Bryant, advisor.
  • Jacqueline Gerson, Syracuse University, Dr. Charles Driscoll, advisor.
  • Chengyan Jing, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, Dr. Biljana Bujanovic, advisor.
  • Joshua Karchin, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Stewart Loh, advisor.
  • Rebecca Meissner, Environmental Resource Engineering, Dr. Stephen Shaw, advisor.
  • Sarah Mount, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. Karin Limburg, advisor.
  • Amber Papillion, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Gary Winslow, advisor.
  • Noah Pasqua-Godkin, Environmental Science, Dr. Klaus Doelle, advisor.
  • Desmaris Tyler, Environmental and Forest Biology, Dr. William Powell, advisor.

ESF’s STEM Mentor Program Announces 2014 Mentors

SUNY-ESF’s STEM Mentoring Initiative to Strengthen the Education Pipeline program has selected its first group of ESF graduate students who will mentor and serve as front-line role models for Syracuse middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. Participating mentors will become part of the ESF Science Corps and will bring STEM content, research expertise and passion to learning activities through afterschool programs. The Spring 2014 Corps will include

  • Funmi Afelumo, M.S. Student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Lee Newman, Major Professor)
  • Joelle Chille Cale, M.S. Student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Melissa Fierke, Major Professor)
  • Laura Coberly, M.S. Student, Environmental Science, (Dr. David Sonnenfeld, Major Professor)
  • Kaira T. Fuentes-Viera, Ph.D. Student , Environmental Science, (Drs. Klaus Doelle & Rafaat Hussein, Co-major Professors)
  • Vignesh Gnanavel, M.S. Student, Bioprocess Engineering, (Dr. Ramarao Bandaru, Major Professor)
  • Melisa Keskin, M.P.S. Student, Environmental Resource Engineering (Dr. Lindi Quackenbush, Major Professor)
  • Danielle Kloster, M.S. Student, Environmental Science, (Dr. Tim Volk, Major Professor)
  • Eugene Law, M.S. Student, Environmental Science, (Dr. Stewart Diemont, Major Professor)
  • Rasheed Lucas, M.S. Student, Environmental Science (Professor Emanuel Carter, Major Professor)
  • Jonathan Masih Das, Ph.D. Student, Environmental Science, (Dr. Wendong Tao, Major Professor)
  • Qing Ren, M.S. Student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Elizabeth Folta, Major Professor)
  • Sara Velardi, M.S. Student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Elizabeth Folta, Major Professor)


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