NSF-CSEMS Annual Report for Year 6: 8/01/06 – 8/01/07
The following faculty and staff of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) spent at
least 100 hours working on CSEMS grant-related activities during AY 2006-07 and were
paid by Suffolk County Community College:
Name Title/Position Person
Dunnagan, Nancy College Director of Financial Aid 2/3
Russo, Michael L. PI and Academic Chair of Computer Science 4/3
Additional SCCC personnel who worked less than 40 hours on the CSEMS project.
Name Title/Position Person
Faculty Leadership Group and Student Mentors
Breeden, Thomas Academic Chair of Physical Science 1/5
Chu, Elizabeth Assistant Academic Chair, Mathematics 1/10
Chen, Xingbin Associate Professor of Computer Science 1/10
Mandia, Scott Assistant Academic Chair, Physical Science 1/10
Michev, Dr. Iordan Co-PI and Associate Professor of Mathematics 1/10
Reissig, Dennis Academic Chair, Mathematics 1/10
Russo, Michael Academic Chair, Computer Science, Chair 1/10
Simon, Michael Instructor of Construction Technology 1/10
Other Advisory and Clerical Staff
Oldfield, Margery Interim Assistant Dean of Grants Development 1/10
Lagonegro, James Director of Enrollment Information and Reporting 1/10
Perillo, Dolores Senior Clerk Typist 1/6
Monza, Monza Clerk Typist 1/6
Bancroft, Rose Office Systems Analyst 1/20
Lesser, Deborah Senior Budget AnalystOffice of Bus./Fin. Svc. 1/10
Rowe, Kate Executive Director, Admissions and Enrollment 1/20
Note: 1 Person-Month = 160.0 work hours.
Synopsis of the Activities/Work conducted by SCCC personnel:
Michael L. Russo – Principal Investigator and chair of the faculty leadership
group. Provided overall administrative oversight for year 2 of the NSF-CSEMS
project in collaboration with the offices of academic affairs, admissions and
enrollment management, legal, planning, and information services, and business
and financial services. He chaired the faculty leadership group, planning and
presiding over meetings and working individually with each member of the group
to determine the best options for recruiting and evaluating potential CSEMS
recipients. Russo sent solicitation letters to all academically qualified students, in
conjunction with enrollment services personnel, at the beginning of each
semester. He initially screened all CSEMS applications, checking for academic
and financial eligibility, and presented candidates to the selection committee for
final approval. He created and distributed brochures to advertise the scholarship
and oversees the development and maintenance of the Suffolk CSEMS Web site.
Dolores Perillo and Aida Monza – Provided clerical support for the management
of the grant, by working extensively with SCCC's Computer Science/Information
Technology professors and the College's Office of Admissions to identify eligible
CSEMS grant recipients. She also sent out applications to potential recipients and
collected all of the completed applications. Finally, she was assigned
responsibility for uploading information about SCCC's CSEM Scholarship
recipients to NSF's CSEMS website.
Deborah Lesser: In collaboration with her supervisor, Mr. John Bullard, the
Associate Dean of Business and Financial Services, Deborah assisted with the
management of CSEMS funds.
Nancy Dunnagan: Provided assistance in determining the financial eligibility of
potential scholarship recipients and in counseling students on financial eligibility
and FAFSA preparation and submission.
Thomas Breeden: Professor Breeden successfully petitioned the Suffolk County
Legislature to provide a $60,000 grant to supplement the NSF CSEMS grant with
awards for academically qualified students in computers science, engineering, and
mathematics who do not meet the financial eligibility criteria of the NSF grant.
This increased the number of scholarship recipients to around 30 students per
semester, allowing for more varied interaction among scholars.
Iordan Michev: Served as a member of the Faculty Leadership Group and student
The State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY-SB): Dr. David L.
Ferguson, Professor of Technology and Society and Applied Mathematics, continued to
provide numerous consultations on various topics associated with selection of students
and the administration of SCCC's CSEMS Grant. He and his office staff helped us to
identify venues by which SCCC students could more seamlessly transfer to SUNY-Stony
Brook in the future, and continue receive CSEMS scholarships at that institution.
Sensor Consortium for Security and Medical Sensor Systems: This SUNY at Stony
Brook grant has the goal of promoting and increasing awareness of entrepreneurship and
technology transfer activities on Long Island with a focus on national security and
medical sensor systems. Suffolk County Community College is part of the four-school
consortium, which includes Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College of
Technology, Hofstra University, and Suffolk. Each school sends four students to
participate in each of four technical projects. Students take a course on entrepreneurship
at Stony Book, participate in different aspects of project development, and receive a
No students from this year’s CSEMS group is participating in the consortium, but some
have applied for next year.
Other Collaborators or Contacts
Brookhaven National Laboratory: Michael Russo collaborated with Noel Blackburn
and other scientists at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to
develop internship opportunities for SCCC's CSEMS grant recipients. This year we had
three CSEMS students obtain community College internships at Brookhaven Lab; they
were Rachael Millings, Elizabeth Millings, and William McMahon. As of this date we
are waiting for funding approval for their internships.
Suffolk County Legislature: We have collaborated with the Suffolk County Legislature
for additional CSEMS funds to use for students who do not make the financial eligibility
criteria established for the NSF CSEMS grant. The Legislature has allocate $60,000 per
year to supplement the NSF-CSEMS program, and this will continue after the CSEMS
grant ends. These supplementary CSEMS awards began in the fall of 2004 and have
been approved in our latest budget.
ACTIVITIES AND FINDINGS
This section will serve as your report to your program officer of your project's activities
and findings; please describe what you have done and what you have learned, broken
down into four categories:
Describe the major research/education activities of the project: What have been your
major research and education activities (experiments, observations, simulations,
The major activity for our program is to identify and encourage qualified people to study
in the targeted areas and to mentor scholarship awardees through their Suffolk programs.
Multi-campus Faculty Leadership Group (FLG) meetings: The PI (Russo) met
together and individually with the FLG members to screen applications. The faculty
leadership group, and its student selection committee, subsequently defined the roles
of team members, refined the grant project schedule, and initiated contact with the
cooperating SCCC Offices and Departments, interested secondary school
representatives, and various community groups.
Coordinate project recruitment efforts with Office of Enrollment
Management: Michael Russo (PI), and other SCCC staff collaborated in the
maintenance of the CSEMS Website, flyer, and brochure for distribution to potential
Initiate full-scale recruitment of CSEM Scholars: Personnel connected with
SCCC's Office of Admissions/Enrollment Management and the Honors Program
assisted in recruiting potential CSEM Scholars. Letters were sent to all students
enrolled or entering in the appropriate majors who had a 3.0 GPA (or B average
from high school). Student responses were sent directly to M. Russo, who screened
applicants for financial eligibility. CSEMS flyers, posters, and brochures were also
distributed to high schools and students who were interested.
Advising/Mentoring of CSEM Scholars: The mentoring program for CSEMS
students has matured to the point that each student is in contact with his or her
faculty mentor throughout the semester. Mentors advise students on courses and
schedules, on field related job and internship opportunities, and on academic
difficulties. They are the safety net provided to CSEMS students, who have
considerable academic demands placed upon them when they enter the program.
Describe the major findings from the activities identified above.
The major work done on our CSEMS grant is devoted to acquiring, stimulating, and
mentoring scholarship students. During the 11 semesters that we have had the grant we
have supported CSEMS students, including thirteen that were added this year, for a total
of 126 student-semesters, awarding $195,695.50 in scholarships. Following is a status
report on all of the students who have been part of the Suffolk CSEMS program since it
began in the spring of 2002. This list is presented in reverse chronological order.
Nizar Chrabekh, mathematics: Mr. Chrabekh is continuing his studies as a
mathematics major and is schedule to complete his associates degree in
December of 2007; he plans to continue his studies at a four-year institution
Sageed Khan, information technology: Mr. Khan is continuing his studies in
information technology and is scheduled to complete his associates degree in
December of 2007.
William McMahon, electrical technology: Mr. McMahon is scheduled to
complete his associates degree in electrical technology this semester and will
continue his studies at a four-year institution in the fall of 2007. He has been
awarded a community college internship at Brookhaven National Lab for this
Yasmin Towfika, computer science: Ms. Towfika is making excellent progress in
her studies here and has several semester to go to complete the computer science
program. As our NSF CSEMS grant ends in August, she will continue her NSF
funding with our new STEM grant that will begin in fall of 2007
Brian Callen, mathematics: Mr. Callen will receive his associates degree this
semester and will continue in the fall at a four year institution. His goal is to
become a teacher of mathematics.
Rafal Kanas, Construction Technology: Mr. Kanas will complete is associates
degree this semester and will continue his studies in civil engineering at a four-
Phong Luu, computer science: Mr. Luu left Suffolk County Community College
after the fall 2006 semester to begin a four-year computer science program at
Luis Marin, information technology: Mr. Marin should finish his associates
degree in information technology at the end of the summer session. He will
continue his studies at a four-year institution in the fall 2007 semester.
Rachel Millings, mathematics: Ms. Millings will finish her associates degree in
mathematics this semester. She has been awarded a community college internship
at Brookhaven National Lab for this summer, and will continue her education in
mathematics in the fall 2007 semester.
Elizabeth Millings, mathematics: Ms. Millings has one more semester to
complete her associates degree. She will continue in the fall 2007 semester in our
STEM program that replaces this CSEMS grant that ends in August. Ms.
Millings has been awarded a community college internship at Brookhaven
National Lab for this summer.
Christopher Wagoner, information technology: Mr. Wagoner will complete his
associates degree at Suffolk County Community College at the end of this
semester; he plans to continue his studies in the fall of 2007 at a four-year
Alexander Ergun, construction technology: Mr Ergun will complete the
construction technology program at the end of this semester and will continue at a
four-year institution in the fall 2007 semester.
Steven Janketic, information technology: Mr. Janketic completed his associates
degree in information technology in the spring of 2006 and is continuing his
studies at a four-year institution.
Sing-Kahm Phoune, information technology: Mr. Phoune completed his
associates degree in information technology in the spring of 2006 and is
continuing his studies at a four-year institution.
Nicholas Russo, computer science: Mr. Russo was making progress in our
computer science program but has recently changed his major to the arts and
sciences general studies emphasis. Although he will be at Suffolk County
Community College for one more semester, he will not be eligible to continue in
the STEM program.
Marc Sing, construction technology: Mr. Sing left Suffolk County Community
College after the fall 2005 semester and has not yet returned to complete his
Nicholas Fierro, mathematics: Mr. Fierro is doing solid work in mathematics and
will finish his work at Suffolk at the end of the summer. He was funded for one
semester, spring 2005. He plans to continue to obtain New York State
certification as a secondary school mathematics teacher.
John Meyer, electrical science: Mr. Meyer has been funded for one semester so
far, and is making good progress in engineering science. He will be continued
next semester if the grant continues.
Philip Parr, information technology: Mr. Parr will finish his associates degree in
information technology at the end of this semester. He has been working full time
over the past year in the field of IT and will continue to do so in the near future.
He plans eventually to complete a four-year degree attending college part time in
Anthony Ramos, mathematics: Mr. Ramos receive one semester of funding and
will receive his A.S. degree this semester. He is planning on continuing in a
program of study that leads to certification as a secondary mathematics teacher.
Lucas Robak, construction technology: Mr. Robak was funded for one semester,
spring 2005, and is making solid progress in his studies. He will continue in the
CSEMS program if the scholarship continues.
Brian Tucker, computer science: Mr Tucker was funded for one semester, spring
2005, and is doing well in his studies. He will continue in the CSEMS program if
the scholarship continues.
Carmen Abolo, information technology: Ms. Abolo was funded for the fall 2004
and spring 2005 semesters and continues to make solid progress in the networking
track of our information technology program. She will continue in the CSEMS
program if the scholarship continues.
William Giugliano, mathematics: Mr. Giugliano has spent two semesters in the
CSEMS program beginning in the fall of 2004.
Matthew Hopkins, engineering science: Mr. Hopkins spent two semesters in the
CSEMS program and continues to make solid progress in engineering science.
He will continue at Suffolk in the fall of 2005.
Gary Kostyrka, mathematics: Mr. Kostyrka left the CSEMS program after is
GPA dropped well below the minimum NSF requirement. He is continuing his
studies in mathematics at Suffolk.
Joseph Lanier, computer science: Mr. Lanier has received two semesters of
CSEMS funding and continues to make excellent progress towards an A.S. in
computer science. He will be a full-time student as Suffolk in the fall of 2005. He
works part time as a college aide in the Ammerman Campus computing center,
and will continue in that job through the summer.
Karin Noe, information technology: Ms. Noe has receive two semesters of
support from the CSEMS program, and she received her A.A.S. degree in May
2005, and is planning on continuing her education at a four-year school.
Christine Thompson, information technology: Ms. Thompson received one
semester of funding from CSEMS in fall of 2004, and then left the college
because of personal difficulties.
Sean Green, construction technology, (spring only): Mr. Green completed an
AAS degree and is employed locally in the field.
J. R. Greene, information technology (spring only): Mr. Greene Left the CSEMS
Holdine Hector, electrical engineering: Mr. Holdine left the program and is
continuing at Suffolk as a part-time student.
Mudussar Nazir, electrical engineering: Mr. Nazir completed an A.A.S. degree
at Suffolk and is successfully continuing in mechanical engineering at SUNY
Erik Arfsten, mathematics: Mr. Arfsten received NSF funding for two semesters
and then became financially ineligible for the award. He continuing in the
CSEMS program under the Suffolk County Legislature funding that was given to
us, and will complete is A.S. degree in mathematics this spring. He will continue
his studies at a four-year college.
James Lospinuso, computer science: Mr. Lospinuso received the scholarship in
the fall of 2003 and spring of2004. He then left the CSEMS program and
changed his major to general studies. He is continuing his studies at the college.
Robert McEvoy, electrical engineering: Mr. McEvoy received the CSEMS award
for the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004, and then left the college in the fall of 2004
without completing his associates degree, and began studies in the electrical
engineering department at SUNY Stony Brook in the fall of 2004, where he is
making progress towards a B.S.
Gokay Ozdemir, computer science: Mr. Gokay received the CSEMS award for
the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004, and then left the program and changed his
major to business. He is still at the college making progress towards an A.S.
Mathew Trezza, computer science: Mr. Trezza has been in the CSEMS program
since the fall of 2003. He is making solid progress towards his A.S. degree in
computer science, and will complete his studies here in December of 2005. Mr.
Trezza works part time in his family’s business.
Mathew Brady, architectural and construction technology: competed and AAS
degree and is employed locally in the construction field.
Harley Davis, mathematics: Complete an AA degree in mathematics and is
continuing at a four-year college.
Christopher Gabriel, computer science: Graduated from Suffolk County
Joseph Lapuglia, architectural and construction technology: complete an AAS
degree and took a semester off to work in construction management at a local
company. He will begin full-time study at SUNY Farmingdale in the fall of 2005,
working toward a BA in architecture.
Katie Brown, mathematics: After receiving the CSEMS award for two semesters
Ms. Brown graduated from Suffolk County Community College and went on to a
Jason Clark, computer science: After receiving the CSEMS award for two
semesters Mr. Clark graduated from Suffolk County Community College and
went on to a four-year institution.
Charles Gaffney, computer science: Mr. Gaffney completes his AS degree in
computer science after receiving CSEMS funding for five semesters. He is
continuing his studies in computers science at SUNY Stony Brook.
Rudy Lopez, instructional technology:
Patrick Lowry, computer science: completed an AS degree in computer science
in the spring of 2004 and spent the following semester continuing in computer
science at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. He left Dowling after one semester
and is employed by the Geico Insurance Company as an auto damage adjuster.
Anthony Perez, mathematics: Left Suffolk without completing his degree (one
course short) and is continuing pursuit of a four-year degree in applied
mathematics and statistics at SUNY at Stony Brook.
Ralph Petrulo, Internet and Web development:
Richard Robinson, electrical technology: left the college without completing a
degree to study at a four-year institution.
Shao Xin, engineering science: left the college after the spring, 2004 semester.
Wanda Wesbee: instructional technology:
Khaula Doleh, computer science: Ms. Doleh received the CSEMS award for one
semester and then left the program.
Kalpesh Patel, computer science: Mr. Patel received the CSEMS award for one
semester and then left the program.
Timothy Seeley, engineering science: Mr. Seeley received funding from the
CSEMS program for three semesters and received his A.S. degree in engineering
science and went on to a four-year program.
The following table summarizes the participation and present status of all of the students
that have been included in the Suffolk County Community College NSF CSEMS
program since the first students were offered scholarship in the spring of 2002.
Of the students listed as have “left the college,” most of them reached a point in their
studies where they could gain acceptance into a four-year program without receiving an
associates degree from Suffolk County Community College. The two student who
withdrew from the CSEMS program did so after they were selected for admission but
before they were paid the scholarship stipend. Both of these students encountered
personal difficulties that forced them to withdraw from their studies at least temporarily.
Most of our graduates transfer their degrees to four-year institutions and continue their
studies towards a bachelor’s degree. Those students listed in the table as continuing at
Suffolk will be accepted into our STEM program which begins in the fall of 2007,
provided, of course, that they have maintained acceptable academic standing.
Appendix A summarizes the results of a survey that we administered to participants in
our CSEMS program to determine the impact that the grant has had on students.
CSEMS Program -- Suffolk County Community College
Spring 2002 -- Spring 2007
Last Name First Name Number of Starting Career Goal Status
1 Abolo Carmen 2 Fall 2004 Information Technology Graduated
2 Arfsten Erik 2 Fall 2003 Mathematics Graduated
3 Ba Boubacar 0 withdrew Engineering Science Returned this semester
4 Brady Matthew 4 Spr 2003 Construction Technology Graduated
5 Brown Katie 2 Fall 2002 Mathematics Graduated
6 Callen Brian 2 Fall 2006 Mathematics Graduated
7 Chrabekh Nizar 1 Spr 2007 Mathematics Continuing
8 Clark Jason 2 Fall 2002 Computer Science Graduated
9 Davis Harley 3 Spr 2003 Mathematics Graduated
10 Doleh Khaula 1 Spr 2002 Computer Science Left the college
11 Ergun Alexander 4 Fall 2005 Construction Technology Graduated
12 Fierro Nicholas 1 Spr 2005 Mathematics Graduated
13 Gabriel Christopher 3 Spr 2003 Computer Science Graduated
14 Gaffney Charles 5 Fall 2002 Computer Science Graduated
15 Giugliano William 2 Fall 2004 Mathematics Graduated
16 Greene JR 1 Spr 2004 Information Technology Graduated
17 Green Sean 1 Spr 2004 Construction Technology Graduated
18 Hector Holdine 1 Spr 2004 Electrical Technology Graduated
19 Hopkins Matthew 3 Fall 2004 Engineering Science Left the college
20 Janketic Steven 2 Fall 2005 Information Technology Graduated
21 Kanas Rafal 2 Fall 2006 Construction Technology Graduated
22 Khan Sajeed 1 Spr 2007 Information Technology Continuing
23 Kostyrka Gary 2 Fall 2003 Mathematics Left the college
24 Lanier Joseph 4 Fall 2004 Computer Science Graduated
25 Lapuglia Joseph 4 Spr 2003 Construction Technology Graduated
26 Lopez Rudy 2 Fall 2002 Information Technology Graduated
27 Lospinuso James 2 Fall 2003 Computer Science Left the Program
28 Lowry Patrick 3 Fall 2002 Information Technology Graduated
29 Luu Phong 1 Fall 2006 Computer Science Left the college
30 Marin Luis 2 Fall 2006 Information Technology Continuing
31 McEvoy Robert 2 Fall 2003 Electrical Technology Left the college
32 McMahon William 1 Spr 2007 Electrical Technology Graduated
33 Meyer John 3 Spr 2005 Engineering Science Graduated
34 Millings Rachel 2 Fall 2006 Mathematics Graduated
35 Millings Elizabeth 2 Fall 2006 Mathematics Continuing
36 Nazir Mudassar 2 Fall 2003 Electrical Technology Graduated
37 Noe Karin 2 Fall 2004 Information Technology Graduated
38 Ozdemir Gokay 2 Fall 2003 Computer Science Left the college
39 Parr Philip 3 Spr 2005 Information Technology Graduated
40 Patel Kalpesh 1 Spr 2002 Computer Science Left the college
41 Phoune Sing-Kham 1 Fall 2005 Information Technology Graduated
42 Perez Anthony 4 Fall 2002 Mathematics Left the college
43 Petrulo Ralph 2 Fall 2002 Information Technology Graduated
44 Ramos Anthony 1 Spr 2005 Mathematics Left the Program
45 Robak Lucas 3 Spr 2005 Construction Technology Graduated
46 Robinson Richard 5 Fall 2002 Electrical Technology Graduated
47 Russo Nicholas 4 Fall 2005 Computer Science Left the Program
48 Seeley Tim 3 Spr 2002 Engineering Science Graduated
49 Shao Xin 4 Fall 2002 Engineering Science Left the college
50 Sing Marc 1 Fall 2005 Construction Technology Left the college
51 Thompson Christine 1 Fall 2004 Information Technology Left the college
52 Towfika Yasmin 1 Spr 2007 Computer Science Continuing
53 Trezza Matthew 5 Fall 2003 Computer Science Graduated
54 Tucker Brian 2 Spr 2005 Computer Science Graduated
55 Vollgraff Kimberly 1 Fall 2005 Information Technology Left the college
56 Wagoner Christopher 3 Spr 2006 Information Technology Graduated
57 Wesbee Wanda 0 withdrew Information Technology Left the college
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ABOUT OTHER GRANT-RELATED ACTIVITIES
Describe the opportunities for training/development provided by your project.
Describe outreach activities your project has undertaken.
Distributed CSEMS brochures to high school counselors throughout Long
Distributed brochures to all freshmen who enrolled for the Fall semester
during the summer 2003.
College administrators, faculty, and staff spoke abut the CSEMS grant at all
appropriate college events.
Current SCCC students were screened according to the CSEMS criteria, and
were sent letters inviting them to apply for a CSEMS scholarship. The letter
referred to the CSEMS Web site where forms and applications could be
Various SCCC advisory committees, including the Board of Trustees, were
notified about the CSEM Scholarship program.
The Suffolk County Legislature was asked to supplement the NSF CSEMS
funding so that awards could be given to academically qualified students who
were not financially eligible.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTS
What Have You Published in Journals?
In general, we do not engage in research that results in publishable papers.
Do you have any major journal publications to report?
What Books or Other One-Time Publications Have You Produced?
Do you have any books or major one-time publications to report?
A comprehensive Web site was established for recruiting and coordinating
The URL of the site is http://www.sunysuffolk.edu/Web/csems/. It contains all
important CSEMS information including detailed program information, a
downloadable scholarship application and applicable instructions, names and email
addresses of all scholarship recipients and assigned mentors, faculty leadership group
members with email and office contact information, a bulletin board for
communication among all program participants, and important announcements.
Other Specific Products Have you developed any other specific product of
CONTRIBUTIONS: Now we invite you to explain ways in which your work, your
findings, and specific products of your project are significant. Describe the unique
contributions, major accomplishments, innovations and successes of your project
relative to : 1.the principal discipline(s) of the project; 2.other disciplines of science
or engineering; 3.the development of human resources; 4.the physical, institutional, or
information resources that form the infrastructure for research and education; and
5.other aspects of public welfare beyond science and engineering, such as commercial
technology, the economy, cost-efficient environmental protection, or solutions to
Contributions within Discipline
Nothing to report yet
Contributions to Other Disciplines
Nothing to report yet
Contributions to Human Resource Development
Nothing to report yet.
Contributions to Resources for Research and Education
Nothing to report yet
Contributions Beyond Science and Engineering
Nothing to report yet.
APPENDIX A: CSEM SCHOLARS SURVEY OF 2005-06 CSEMS PROGRAM
Significance of CSEMS Program to NSF-CSEM & Suffolk-CSEM Scholars
Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree
Survey Question (n=22) Agree
NSF only–Without CSEM scholarship, it would be
difficult for me to stay enrolled at SCCC 60% 40% -- --
All CSEMS– Without CSEM scholarship, it would
be difficult to stay enrolled at SCCC 54½% 18% 23% 4½%
NSF only–CSEMS provided me with academic
opportunities I would not have had otherwise 80% 20% -- --
All CSEMS–CSEMS provided academic
opportunities I would not have had otherwise 82% 14% 4% --
NSF only–After graduation, I plan to transfer to a
4-year institution to continue my education N/A 100% N/A --
All CSEMS–After graduation, I plan to trans-fer to
4-yr institution to continue my education N/A 95½% N/A 4½%
Usefulness of Selected CSEMS Services or Program Elements for CSEM Scholars
Very Useful Somewhat Neutral or
Survey Question (n=22) Useful No Answer
Usefulness of my faculty mentor 91% 0% 9%
Usefulness of CSEMS meetings/luncheons 82% 18% 0%
Usefulness of CSEMS website 50% 36% 14%
Other–helped w/ BNL internship (n=1)
–helped w/ transfer to SBU (n=1) 9% N/A 91%
Impact of Joint NSF-CSEMS–Suffolk-CSEMS Program on Scholars’ Interactions
Survey Question Yes No Answer
Socialized outside of class with other scholars (n=20) 92% 8%
Taken classes with other scholars (n=19) 86½% 13½%
Studied with other scholars (n=16) 73% 27%
Worked on in-class projects with other scholars (n=15) 68% 32%
Networked outside of class with other scholars (n=13) 59% 41%
Worked on extracurricular projects w/ other scholars (n=6) 27% 73%
Used CSEMS website to keep in touch with other scholars (n=1) 4½% 95½%
Other–Served as a Club officer with another scholar (n=1) 4½% 95½%
Reasons NSF-CSEM & Suffolk-CSEM Scholars Missed Specific CSEMS Activities
Survey Question (n=15) Class conflicts Work conflicts Not necessary Other
Regular mentoring sessions 53% 20% 20% 7%*
Luncheons/meetings 40% 33% N/A 27%*
* Other reasons – Mentoring: 1=never missed; Luncheons: 2=never missed & 2=sick/personal.
APPENDIX A: CSEM SCHOLARS SURVEY OF 2005-06 CSEMS PROGRAM (CONT.)
Responses of NSF-CSEM & Suffolk-CSEM Scholars to Open-ended Questions
#10–What do you like most about SCCC’s CSEMS Program (aside from scholarship $$)?
(n.b., some scholars provided more than one comment)
Comment # Scholars
CSEMS helps me network with faculty &/or outstanding or goal-oriented students 9
Faculty mentor is excellent &/or is very helpful or always willing to help 9
Faculty mentor provides good guidance/direction in relation to major/career plans 4
CSEMS helped me make friends w/ scholars/faculty &/or “great people” 3
CSEMS provides a “community” or is a “unified system” 2
CSEMS scholarship is an honor &/or helps me build my resume 2
CSEMS luncheons/meetings 2
CSEMS helped me finish my Associate degree program 1
CSEMS helped me get a BNL summer CCI internship 1
CSEMS provided industrial/business affiliations for me 1
CSEMS recognized my achievements 1
CSEMS united us by encouraging us to collaborate during CSEMS activities 1
CSEMS made attendance at SCCC much better for me 1
CSEMS provided me with access to the Dean of my major 1
#11–What could SCCC do to improve the CSEMS Program (aside from scholarship $$)?
(n.b., some scholars provided more than one comment)
Comment # Scholars
Provide more info/assistance re CSEMS/other transfer scholarships at 4-yr colleges 4
Provide more info/assistance re summer internships at BNL, SBU, etc. 4
Provide more info/access re jobs or job connections 3
Have more luncheons 3
Have more field trips 2
Have more CSEMS meetings/events 2
CSEMS program is “great” or “perfect” – leave “as is” 2
No answer 2
Obtain another NSF grant to continue the CSEM scholarship program at SCCC 1
Provide more faculty to present info on current topics in my major (engineering) 1
Provide more assistance with financial aid in relation to CSEM scholarship 1
Help scholars develop a small business or venture to enhance work experiences 1
Improve the CSEMS website 1
Allow part-time students to apply for CSEMS scholarships 1
Proposed NSF-STEMS Activities – Likelihood of Current CSEM Scholars’ Participation
Survey Question (n=21) Very Likely Somewhat Likely Likely Not Likely
Future field trips 67% 28% 5% --
Future BNL internships 62% 28½% 9½% --
Future travel to conferences 59% 27½% 9% 4½%
Mentoring other scholars 43% 43% 9½% 4½%