Dr. Erwin Cabrera, Director
Dr. Cabrera finds inspiration in the quote, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
As a proud product of the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Meyerhoff Scholars, Maximizing Access to Research Careers and HHMI Scholars programs, Dr. Cabrera is delighted at the opportunity to pursue a career in higher education.
In his current role as Director of the Research Aligned Mentorship Program, a $2.9 million grant funded by a U.S. Department of Education’s “First in the World” grant competition, Dr. Cabrera guides students in mentored research experiences on and off campus in national laboratories, research universities, business accelerators, and other research venues. The program has a goal of improving four-year graduation rates by 20% over the college’s baseline for first-year and transfer students ranging all majors.
Additionally, Dr. Cabrera serves as Principal Investigator for two National Science Foundation (NSF) institutional grants: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program as well as the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. The NSF AGEP grant, funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to successfully transition PhD students into faculty positions at predominantly undergraduate institutions. The $1 million S-STEM grant, provides scholarships for academically talented, low-income students in the biology and mathematics departments at SUNY - Farmingdale State College. By melding his passion for students and expertise in science into one, Dr. Cabrera aims to make a broader impact through uplifting and mentoring the next generation of young scholars. Dr. Cabrera is motivated to guide students and be the bridge between the academic-science world and the community, especially for those who are typically underrepresented in these arenas.
Erica LoBello, Project Coordinator
Prior to her position with NSF-AGEP@FSC, Erica LoBello was an Academic Counselor with the Research Aligned Mentorship Program at FSC, funded by the US Department of Education’s First in the World program and has extensive experience in social justice and equity issues, and programs geared towards underrepresented students.
Among the duties in her role are implementing and organizing activities related to visiting Stony Brook University doctoral candidates and their FSC teaching mentors; grant/report writing to obtain potential additional funding and highlight program successes and serving as the primary point of contact for representatives from partner institutions.
LoBello was a Fulbright Scholar to Nicaragua in 2006, worked at Pace University in Residential Life, conducted media research at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project in Washington, DC and was an English teacher to middle and high school students in France while earning her MS in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership for Student Success. She earned her BA in Political Science from Pace University and is fluent in both French and Spanish.
Erica seeks to apply the knowledge gained from her broad experience at diverse levels of education and student development to make meaningful contributions to the FSC and greater Long Island communities that highlight the importance of mentorship and pedagogical training for aspiring educators through the establishment of NSF-AGEP@FSC.