SUNY Sullivan Students to Participate in Summer Research Program

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Seven SUNY Sullivan students participating in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.

Seven SUNY Sullivan students will spend six weeks this summer doing science research as participants in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at SUNY Purchase. They will conduct hands-on research in small groups along with students from six other regional community colleges.

Marissa Gennaro is a graduating Biology major, and Chancellor’s Award winner from Monticello. She and Jailene Luna, a first-year Health Sciences major from the Bronx, and Raivyn Willis, a first-year Biology major from Liberty, will work with Dr, Jim Daly on the Analysis of Fish Hatchery Biofilm for Presence of Trout Bacterial Pathogens. Natalia Bayron, a first-year Biology major from Wurtsboro, will be in Dr. George Kraemer’s lab group, continuing a long-term study of the non-native Asian Shore Crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus. Samantha Garcia, a first-year Biology major from Callicoon, and Megan Langeland, a second-year Biology and Criminal Justice major, from White Sulphur Springs will study Harmful Algal Blooms in the Lower Hudson Valley with Dr. Ryan Taylor. Sarah Yousef, a first-year Biology major from Monticello will investigate and test Antifungal Agents from Plants in Dr. Frank Bellevue’s lab.

In addition to intensive research experience, students receive academic and career mentoring and engage in community building activities like hikes, barbecues, and a canoe trip. They will present their research at a symposium at the end of the program, and may be chosen to travel to a national conference in the fall to share their findings.

“The summer research program can truly be a life-changing experience for our students” said Kathy Scullion, Campus Coordinator at SUNY Sullivan. “Not many community college students have the opportunity to do research like this. They become experts in their research topic by the end of six weeks, and can see themselves as scientists. I’m so excited for the amazing group of students attending the program this year.”

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. SUNY Sullivan has partnered with SUNY Purchase in the program since 2004, with nearly 100 of our students participating. For more information about the Bridges Program, contact Kathy Scullion at