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Farmingdale State College Students Win Top Prizes in NYS Competition

 June 25, 2015

Three Farmingdale State College students – Marvin Beaubrun of Farmingdale; Elix Santana Adames of the Bronx; and Theophilus Doe, also of the Bronx – brought home the top two prizes from a recent poster competition at the 23rd Annual New York State CSTEP conference. CSTEP is the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program.

Marvin and Elix won a 1st place trophy in the Technology category for their poster presentation, “Use of Drone Projected Live-Feed Video for Emergency Applications”.   Theophilus won 2nd place in the same category for his poster presentation, “Robust Information Security System”.

Marvin is entering his junior year at Farmingdale, with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology.  Marvin also works as a mentor for STEP (a high-school version of CSTEP) students at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington, L.I.  Elix is a senior with a dual major: Computer Engineering Technology and Telecommunications Technology.  Theophilus is a Telecommunications Engineering Technology major, and a member of the campus African-American Heritage Diversity Club.  He is entering his junior year.  All three are enrolled in CSTEP at Farmingdale. 

CSTEP is a state-wide program which provides underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students with specially designed support services and educational experiences such as research projects, instructional programs, and internships, as well as academic counseling, college entry-test preparation, and field trips.  Its primary objectives are to attract and retain students enrolled in undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health-related fields.  Students are prepared for careers in licensed professions.

The CSTEP competitions, representing a variety of fields, usually attract about 500 students.  Individual categories are comprised of groups of 30. 

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