Medgar Science Students Win Top Honors

Congratulations are in order for students in the Medgar Evers College (MEC) Biology and Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences (PECS) departments.  On October 26, they presented their work at the 46th Annual Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Conference, and won top prizes in two categories. The MEC students are all participants of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP. Some conducted their research in collaboration with students from Kingsborough Community College (KBCC), who are participants in the MEC/KBCC Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Both CSTEP and Bridges are designed to increase the number of students from historically under-represented and economically disadvantaged students in science programs and careers.

More than 100 undergraduate students from the tri-state area made research presentations at the conference. Ten students from the MEC CSTEP or the MEC/KBCC Bridges program won the following awards:


First Place – Shellyann Clarke-Lambert and Melissa Stapleton

Manganese Accumulates in Leaves of Radishes Grown in Manganese Supplemented Soils

MEC Faculty Mentors – Karl Ruddock and Dereck Skeete

Medgar Evers College

Second Place – Paul White

Using Video to Monitor Captive Juvenile and Trilobites Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus)

Activity and Movement Patterns

KBCC Faculty Mentors Christina Colon and Arthur Zeitlin

Kingsborough Community College


 First Place – Fatima Walden, Sadchla Mathieu and Darlene Sylvain

GABA is an Inhibitory Neurotransmitter in Ganglia of the

Bivalve Mollusc, Crassostrea virginica

MEC Faculty Mentors – Edward J. Catapane and Margaret A. Carroll

Medgar Evers College and Kingsborough Community College

Second Place – Keisha Rogers and Isaac Beaubrun

The Toxic Effects of Manganese on Dopamine D2 Receptor Activation Is Not Due

to Inactivation of the Phospholipase C Receptor Signal Transduction Component

MEC Faculty Mentors – Edward J. Catapane and Margaret A. Carroll

Medgar Evers College

Developmental Biology/Genetic

 Second Place –  Issac Mazile

Evidence That Eastern Oysters Have Spread Into Jamaica Bay, New York

KBCC Faculty Mentors – Gary Sarinsky and Craig Hinkley

Kingsborough Community College


First Place – Patricio Bueno

Research on the Antibacterial Activity of Garlic and Honey

KBCC Faculty Mentors – Mary T. Ortiz and Loretta Brancaccio-Taras

Kingsborough Community College


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About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit