The Fredonia Vision Statement begins, "Fredonia aspires to be a comprehensive, selective, diverse, residential institution that is above all a community of learners." The hard work and dedication of faculty and staff is demonstrated daily in many ways, large and small. The externally funded programs described here are a testament to the belief in the tenets of our Vision Statement.
A Role Model's Inspiration
The US Department of Education's McNair Scholars Program was created in memory of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a Physicist and NASA Astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center. The Fredonia McNair Scholars Program supports undergraduate students planning to pursue graduate study leading to a doctorate in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Secondary Education in Math or the Natural Sciences, Research in Social Sciences, Speech Pathology and Audiology, research in health related fields, and/or a research orientated degree program. Eligibility for the program includes: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; either a first generation college student from an income eligible family OR a member of a group historically underrepresented in the field of study. The SUNY Fredonia McNair Program works closely with participants through their undergraduate years, encourages their entrance into graduate programs, and tracks their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. Services provided by the program include: research opportunities for participants who have completed their sophomore year of college, mentoring, seminars and other scholarly activities designed to prepare students for doctoral studies, summer internships, tutoring, academic counseling, assistance in obtaining student financial aid, and assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate programs. The application was originally written by Dr. Gregory Harper, Professor in the College of Education, and successfully run by Project Director Kimberly Gladden.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity
Michael S. Milligan, Professor of Chemistry, is the supervising faculty member on a new venture for Fredonia. Undergraduate student Julia Glovack will work under a contract with the Batelle Corporation, a global science and technology enterprise that develops and commercializes technology. Ms. Glovack will work on a project from their Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, an Office of Science laboratory within the U.S. Department of Energy. Working at Fredonia with Dr. Milligan and on site in at the Batelle labs, her project is the synthesis, characterization and testing of nanoporous thiophosphate materials. Investigation results will contribute significantly to fundamental research to design and develop a suite of novel nanoporous materials that can be applied to actual problem sets.
Supporting Science and Technology Careers
A NYS Education Department funded program, C-STEP is designed to provide services to students from underrepresented populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are seeking careers in the sciences, mathematics and technological fields, and the licensed professions. The program features strong individualized contact and support, and includes academic monitoring. C-STEP's goal is to produce and retain competent, well-rounded, and developed scholars in science, mathematics, technology, and pre-licensed fields through personalized and intensive experiences. C-STEP was originally designed and authored by Principal Investigator Daniel Dobey, Professor of Science Education in the College of Education, who remains active in the program. C-STEP is directed by Barbara Kennedy, Project Director.