Three Sage students won awards for their undergraduate research poster presentations at the 27th annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference. The conference was held April 12-14 in Lake George, New York.
Nursing major Monica Marra ’19 won first place in the Medicine II category for her poster presentation, “Religious Beliefs and Women’s Willingness to use Birth Control and Fertility Awareness Methods of Avoiding Pregnancy.” Marra’s research found that although approximately one third of the women in her study reported willingness to use fertility awareness methods to avoid pregnancy, most received inadequate education about effective fertility awareness methods from their health care providers. “The goal of nursing research is to provide patients with quality health care,” said Marra. “If women have specific questions about a health care service, are they receiving the information? Health care providers need to increase their knowledge about current research and types of fertility awareness methods, so they can meet their patients’ health needs and preferences.” Marra’s faculty mentor is Kiki Smith, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing.
Public Health major Jessica Perez ’19 and Chemistry major Naya Green ’21 won Honorable Mention in the Environmental Science II category for their poster presentation, “An Investigation of Solar Disinfection (SODIS) as an Effective Method of Disinfecting Drinking Water that is Contaminated with Bacteria.” Solar disinfection is a cost-efficient and convenient technique that uses solar radiation to disinfect water. Perez and Green researched and developed protocols that Sage student-researchers used in a field test of a water disinfection method in Kenya during summer 2018. Perez and Green’s faculty mentor is Emilly Obuya, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
CSTEP, an acronym for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, is a grant-funded program sponsored by the New York State Department of Education to support underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and licensed health professional careers. Every year, more than 600 undergraduate students from across New York State attend and present research at the annual CSTEP conference.