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Erick Elias

Erick Elias.

Project Focus: Predict the amount of enforced revenue that will be collected in the next fiscal year

Experience Type: Internship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Location: IRS, Washington, DC

The Experience: "I was put on a team with four other data scientists. The goal of my project was to use different forecasting models to predict how much enforced revenue the IRS will be receiving in the near future. I used SQL to pull in data from the IRS databases and used R to set up the data, visualize relationships between different variables using graphs, and analyzing trends. We also used econometric models to predict the state of the economy as it has a strong relationship with tax revenue. My work was left with my former co-workers and will be used to settle taxing decisions."

The Benefit: "The first few weeks were the most stressful as I was essentially crafting a capstone project in a field I have never touched before while utilizing software I was inexperienced with. With enough perseverance, I was able to complete a project that has greatly affected the Federal Government all while receiving training for essential skills on the job. Solving problems that have never been tackled before always brought me a feeling of accomplishment which was essential to continue building my motivation. Living away in Washington D.C. for three months not only taught me professional skills but also granted me the potential to strive further in my career and realize that it's best to live life to the fullest."

Words of Wisdom: "I would never have thought I would be an intern working a major project that would benefit the IRS. Competing for an extremely selective position and succeeding made me realize that anything is possible. It's best to start early and start searching for opportunities as early as possible. As Rabindranath Tagore once said, 'you can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.'"

Applied Mathematics

Darren Dawson

Darren Dawson.

Project Focus: Crystal growth using the flux method

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in physics
Research Mentor: Dr. Jack Simonson (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I worked under the guidance of another student who gave me tasks to complete in order to ensure the proper production of the crystals we intended to grow. Primarily, I measured elements to ensure a correct sample size."

The Benefit: "It opened my eyes to how involved and fun research in material science can be."

Words of Wisdom: "Take all the opportunities you can to get involved, not just for the resume or job, but because exposing yourself will really help you to understand and justify what it is you want to do."

Electrical Engineering Technology

Tahj Amonds

Tahj Amonds.

Project Focus: Does location have an effect on a student's academic success?

Experience Type: Off/On-Campus Research Experience in academic success factors
Research Mentor: Dr. Aaron Howell (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Massapequa, NY

The Experience: "We created a data base from archival data that Dr. Howell and I retrieved from LIPC. I helped organize and analyze the data. We are submitted to present at a professional conference and the SUNY undergraduate research conference at Farmingdale. We are also working on publishing a paper."

The Benefit: "It has taught me about the wonderful world of research and explore my options as a future social worker. I was able to meet a lot of great people who all care about the same issues as me. This experience has made me want to keep conducting research after my time here at Farmingdale."

Words of Wisdom: "The sky is the limit. Never think any idea is too big or too small. Work towards it if it is something that you care about."

Applied Psychology

Tonuza Ahmed

Tonuza Ahmed.

Project Focus: Using vector in order to treat spinal cord injury induced pain

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience through the Leadership Alliance
Research Mentors: Dr. Stanislava Jergova & Dr. Jacqueline Sagen
Location: University of Miami, Miami, FL

The Experience: "I assisted in the lab with other student interns. We would take care of the animals, help with procedures such as perfusion, make solutions needed for the experiment, make arrangements for the surgery, read research articles, and organize our results to present."

The Benefit: "Through this internship I have gotten a first-hand research experience. I have seen how the acquired knowledge can be used in real life. Also, I have met some great people, made new friends, and explored the city of Miami. I also gained experience presenting my research as a poster at the Leadership Alliance Conference in Hartford, CT and as an oral presentation at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Tarrytown, NY. Overall, it was a very good research experience."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to take opportunities."

Bioscience

Brandon DeFeo

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Project Focus: Business Start-Up Assistant in Home-made Pet Food Services

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Rosemary Lombardi
Location: Vetricious

The Experience: "As a member of the research team, I researched the nutritional requirements for pet food for dogs, and the legal requirements and conditions for the pet food to be made. Once samples were created, I would send the food samples to laboratories for testing, create labels, and build the website to market."

The Benefit: "This experience was incredibly beneficial. I learned how to deal with the legal aspects of a start-up company. All of the research and legal compliance is a big obstacle, but is certainly doable. Taking the time to learn the ropes of how to form a corporation, and developing the steps to take an idea, and turn it into a business, is mainly what I learned."

Words of Wisdom: "Try to find something your passionate about, and find great people to do it with. Half of the battle is finding work you love to do; the other half is finding the right people to do it with. If you can create that combination of good work and good people, your research experience will be incredibly beneficial, and may lead to opportunities in the future.

Business Management

David Ramirez

David Ramirez.

Project Focus: Full-stack development of business branded website and a business analytics project

Experience Type: Internship in web development
Location: Nature's Bounty Co., Ronkonkoma, NY

The Experience: "For the website, I worked alongside a mentor and was responsible for the design, coding, mobile implementation, search engine optimization and overall efficiency of the website. The website is now live at spoonfuls.solgar.com. For the business analytics project, I worked with 6 other interns to analyze a critical business problem and propose a solution to it while also testing our solution to the entirety of the domestic consumer base. We also gave a presentation to the C-level executives (CEO, CIO, etc.) on the work we did and how implementing our plan could benefit the company."

The Benefit: "This experience bolstered my 'soft skills' such as teamwork and communication and honed my technical knowledge in web development (both front-end and back-end). It also allowed me the opportunity to work with powerful business analytics tools and programming technologies I may not have had the chance to work with otherwise. This internship made me develop a deeper passion for web development and programming while also working with a knowledgeable and caring team."

Words of Wisdom: "To those seeking to complete their RAM research experience, I would recommend looking beyond your major into similar fields since you never know what could trigger a response in you that makes clearer or even changes your career goals. For internships specifically, give your all when you work and learn as much as you can since your time there goes by so quick and you can learn valuable skills if you open up to those around you, even if the topic has nothing to do with your current projects (employers and your colleagues will take note of your initiative to learn). I recommend that when you are given work, be your own worst critic. Go over every little detail that can be done better or made faster. Your work matters here! Show your manager or boss that you are meticulous and put your best foot forward, and don't be afraid to ask, 'How can I do this better?'"

This last point I want to say without putting pressure on you: Remember that whether you are doing research or an internship, you represent not only yourself but also the RAM Program and Farmingdale State College. Keeping that in mind, look for ways to grow yourself and hold yourself accountable for whatever you do. While you shouldn't lose sleep over your work, you should be thinking of ways to truly showcase what you can do. Go the extra mile in your work or for someone else. In whatever you do, show what it means to be a RAM scholar."

Computer Programming & Information Systems

Kamryn Hernandez

Kamryn Hernandez.

 Project Focus: Archaeological and anthropological occupation of Indian Creek

Experience Type:Off-campus research experience in anthroplogy
Research Mentor: Dr. Matthew Brown (FSC)
Location: Antigua and Barbuda

The Experience: "I traveled to Antigua under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Brown to conduct conservation work, engage in excavations, and learn invaluable skills that are transferable to my school and work field. Together, along with other students from around the world, we discovered 2 pre-birth infants from the 620-670 CE period. Because of this experience I was able to present not only in Antigua in front of faculty but at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Niagara Falls."

The Benefit: "This research experience transformed me as a student and as an individual. Almost two years later, I am still grateful for the amazing experience the RAM program gave me. This experience gave me new found confidence, instilled a love for research and crystalized my decision to further my education with a Doctorate in Nursing. Although my research was not in my career field, it provided me with the skills, work ethic and confidence that I need to pursue a career in the medical field. I made amazing friends and gained a new found love of travel and appreciating the cultures of other countries."

Words of Wisdom: "I encourage other RAM scholars and FSC students to not limit yourself! You will be surprised at what you are capable of doing when you are given the chance to. Do not be afraid to expose yourself to new things and step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the greatest experiences of your life are waiting for you; you just have to overcome those feelings of fear!"

 Nursing

Jessica Rubio

Jessica Rubio.

Project Focus: How an online publication creates a community identity

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in journalism
Research Mentor: Dr. Noel Brathwaite (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & York College, PA

The Experience: "I worked alongside Dr. Brathwaite in my research study on how an online publication can be used to foster a community identity. My responsibilities were to collect data and revive the student newspaper on campus. Overall, we successfully revived the student newspaper by creating an online publication. Over 22 members were recruited and we made the student newspaper into a club called The Dale News so all students on campus can join. Before I graduated, we published over 15 articles on The Dale News. I presented my research at the Naylor Workshop at York College and at the Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day. While our research study has ended, the student newspaper continues."

The Benefit: "This experience has benefited me tremendously. I've made so many friends, networked with others, and traveled. I was accepted with a scholarship to the Media Studies master's program at The New School in NYC. I decided to take a year off from graduate school to work and gain experience. I am currently working at Canon USA Inc. Headquarters as an administrative assistant for general affairs. Two years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Once I transferred to Farmingdale State College and was selected to be a part of the RAM program, I finally felt I had a purpose. The RAM program has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I would get during my college career. Within only two years, I've accomplished so much which gives me the confidence to continue further in my future career."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't let fear discourage you! The RAM family was with me every step of the way where I finally began to ignore fear. After I completed my first ever research study I felt like I could accomplish anything. This program truly gave me the confidence I needed and I know you all will experience the same as well!"

Professional Communications

Gaetana Carr

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Project Focus: Research assistant in the CORAL Study

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Figuccio
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I was part of a five-person research team. I was responsible for completing online certifications, working alongside other faculty members to help them complete their own separate studies as well. COVID took over half way through the semester and took away from the hands-on aspect, but the work I completed afterwards was very beneficial to my career."

The Benefit: "RAM 303 was an amazing experience. At first it seemed like a lot of added work to my already challenging major, but it helped so much. I truly feel like this enhanced my learning experience. I got the opportunity to work with a professor I enjoyed in class and learn his best qualities directly from him. Although COVID took from this experience, it added so much. Having a caring and supportive mentor made a scary situation so much better."

Words of Wisdom: "Cherish every moment, it goes by so fast. Learn as much as you can, and take away as much as possible."

Science, Technology, and Society

Lailani Gibson

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Project Focus: Community advocate for various social, racial, and justice Issues

Experience Type: Off-Campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Eva Pearson (FSC)
Location: Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Massapequa, NY

The Experience: "I created scripts for community outreach, attended meetings with elected officials and helped raise awareness on various social implications. I still work with the employees when and wherever I can be of assistance."

The Benefit: "I got a keen sense as to what it takes to engage and involve a community around social, racial, and justice issues. I was also taught and empowered to believe that my voice mattered and was shown specifically how much power we have, as a people, when we work together in practice. I gained insight into the fact that I can find like-minded people who I enjoy working with. This type of setting is necessary for my growth.

Words of Wisdom: "Know that the work is all on your shoulders. Don't expect anyone to help you through, take accountability and find your own opportunities. Don't sit around waiting because they will not come. Be the change you want to see."

Business Management

Jaelin Johnson

Jaelin Johnson.

Project Focus: To enhance user experiences using mixed reality

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in blended interactions
Research Mentor: Dr. Brian O'Keefe (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College, New York, NY, & Patchogue, NY

The Experience: "I worked on a team of students from Farmingdale State College and Edinburgh-Napier University in Scotland to develop mixed reality prototypes. I was responsible for giving input and developing ideas. We visited NYC's High Line Park and developed a virtual tour of the park. We also created several mixed reality proposals that would occupy the landscape. With another student, I designed a mixed reality game app that would help people visiting the High Line be more environmentally conscious about the Hudson River. We presented our work at Muñeca Arthouse in Patchogue, NY. This work will continue in Scotland in summer 2019."

The Benefit: "I was paid for this experience while I made new connections and gained valuable knowledge. I was able to meet new people. I also learned about new and emerging technologies and practice my public speaking skills."

Words of Wisdom: "RAM research is a great way to expand your mind. It allows you to meet new people that have similar goals as you. The RAM Program constantly opens new doors."

Business Management

Rosa Nortesano

Rosa Nortesano.

Project Focus: Shadowing obstetric and gynecological sonograms

Experience Type: Applied learning experience in sonography
Location: Office of Dr. Michael Polcino, North Babylon, NY

The Experience: "I shadowed a sonographer and witnessed a variety of sonograms starting with obstetric and gynecological sonograms. I was able to experience all the aspects of being a sonogram technician, such as being able to recognize what is on the sonogram machine and how to identify the various organs and structures. I was able to work very closely with patients and the doctor especially when it came to him doing procedures such as an endometrial biopsy."

The Benefit: "I was able to see what it was like to be a sonographer. This was a great experience considering the fact that this is a career path that I may take. It allowed me to talk to and build a relationship with the sonographer who could potentially help me find a job in the future. This experience allows me to be different from everyone who applied to the program because now I have first-hand experience in the field."

"The internship may be long but it will all be worth it in the end! This opportunity can open many doors for you. It can allow you to see what field you're interested in and give you an option to do it first hand and see if you actually love it enough to keep pursuing it. This is very important especially if you're a very indecisive student such as myself. Know it is all worth it and will be a benefit to you!"

Science, Technology, and Society

Emily Rodier

Emily Rodier.

Project Focus: Clinical trial research assistant

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience in veterinary medicine
Location: Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY

The Experience: "Under the guidance of the surgeons at Long Island veterinary specialists, I assisted in the data upkeep of a clinical trial on tracheal stenting in small breed dogs. I kept an organized chart of all the scope dates, medication types, control group information, and variables pertaining to the clinical trial. I presented the chart to the doctor who then presented our information to a statistician to review our work. I kept everything organized to help ease the doctors' case load and allow them to focus on the medicine. Although I am finished with my hours, I am continuing work on the clinical trial to see the end."

The Benefit: "I learned the ins and outs of constructing a clinical trial as an aspect for applications for veterinary boards. I also learned how difficult it is to actually maintain a trial and how a lot more goes into it than just medicine. This taught me how to maintain and collect literature and present it in a credible way in a research setting and how to cite it properly. I learned how to deal with clients and owners in a way I never thought possible and most importantly I learned how much I love this field."

Words of Wisdom: "Find something that not only interest you but something that you'll have to do in the future. Doing it the first time and seeing it from an inside perspective under the guidance of an expert is a really great way to learn and prepare. You'll realize you had a lot of questions you never even knew to think of and you'll have a bunch of experts right there to guide you on the best path."

Bioscience

Marissa Shiwbalak

Marissa Shiwbalak.

Project Focus: Analyzed sepsis mice and how their cognitive functions are impaired due to sepsis

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Patricio Huerta
Location: Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I worked with a graduate student, Josh Strohl, in Dr. Huerta's lab. He taught me how to handle and conduct experiments on mice. I watched over surgeries and I also learned how to build 3-D drives which were then implanted into the mouse's brain. Using these implants, we tracked the mice in an experiment. I conducted behavioral experiments which allowed me to analyze how sepsis affects these animals."

The Benefit: "One benefit of this experience is that I now have a network of amazing people. I worked with a graduate student and built a connection to him and Dr. Huerta. This can help me in the long-term because I know if I ever need a recommendation, they will certainly be glad to provide one for me. I originally wanted to just go to medical school, but now that I have had this experience, it has opened my mind to pursuing a MD/PhD program."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to reach out to the RAM counselors. Not only did they sit down and help me build my resume, they also wrote recommendations for me when I was applying to my internship. Also, don't wait until your senior year to decide you want to begin an internship. The more experience you have, the better."

 Bioscience

Joshua Roozrokh

Joshua Roozrokh.

Project Focus: Development of a deep web crawler

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in deep web technology
Research Mentors: Dr. Jun Yuan (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Designed a Deep Web crawler to aid the search of websites that can be found on the deep web. We designed the web crawler using the Python Programming language. I worked with one other student from Farmingdale. Our crawler was successful in finding 'low-hanging' websites on the deep web. Our team presented our research at Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day."

The Benefit: "I learned how to break complex problems into simple components. This is key when taking on research projects in which you have little background knowledge."

Words of Wisdom: "Do not be afraid to fail. Failing is a part of research. The only way to learn about certain phenomena is through failure, and learning from your mistakes."

 Computer Programming & Information Systems

Liya Simon

Liya Simon.

Project Focus: Development of a selection system to identify chloroplast regulatory genes

Experience Type: Off/On-Campus Research Experience in molecular biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Kerry Lutz (FSC) & Dr. Pal Maliga (Rutgers)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ

The Experience: "I was privileged enough to work on a molecular project under the direct supervision of a PhD candidate Lisa LaManna and my mentor Dr. Pal Maliga at Rutgers University during the summer of 2018. The goal of project was to regenerate Brassica napus (rapeseed model plant) from tissue culture using the best protocol to perform chloroplast transformation. It was a time-consuming project and even though we only had a limited amount of time, our teamwork approach gave us the desired results. Initially, I researched 5 effective tissue regeneration protocols from the literature and applied them to identify the best medium for Brassica napus to regenerate. The differences between each of the protocols were just the vitamins that we used and the duration of the explants on the plate. My tasks included making B5 basal media, adding the vitamins and hormones, pouring plates, keeping track of the leaf transferring dates and transferring them by cutting it into smaller pieces each time. We almost had over 500 plates for all the trial that we performed. According to the results, we found out that Akasaka mod 1 was the best medium because comparably, we were able to obtain a good number of shoots as well as it did not expand into a billion number of plates like the other protocols. Thus, our lab successfully figured out the cheapest and most convenient protocol for Brassica napus to regenerate and I got the honor to do a mini symposium (power point presentation) and another symposium (poster presentation) at Rutgers University in front of a large audience."

The Benefit: "Even though I was excited to do the research with Dr. Pal Maliga and Lisa, whom I've known for almost a year, the thought of living far away from my family and hometown was overwhelming. But I knew it had to happen, and now if someone were to ask me a moment I could relive in my life, that would be the summer of 2018. Rutgers and the whole research crew including my lab members and friends from different parts of the world had a huge and positive impact on me. I was able to get out of my comfort zone which changed my whole perspective on life and taught me to be independent. I am grateful to them for their guidance and support they have given me throughout this project. This experience has helped me develop professional skills and expand my lab techniques and realize what I need to continue to grow as a student."

Words of Wisdom: "Living far away from friends and family is hard. However, my first advice to the students who are preparing to do research is to never let that fear be the deciding factor when you are thinking of interning. After you experience it, you will catch yourself entirely loving it. There are a lot of things you can learn from interning out of state/abroad and it can also help you strengthen your resume, which is what you should be aiming for. You will have the opportunity to meet a lot of people that can teach you everything you need to know about a career path and will prepare you for the real world. It's by taking these chances that you get the most out of your life and career. So rather than letting the prospect scare you like it used to be for me, start embracing it and always remember, you need experience to get experience."

 Bioscience

Heamily Singh

Heamily Singh.

Project Focus: Perceptions of personality through Instagram profiles

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in personality perception on social media
Research Mentor: Dr. Sayeed Islam (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I am working with Dr. Islam on a research idea I proposed in my RAM 201 course. I was responsible for reading many related research articles, planning out how I want to conduct my research, what profiles I want to focus on, creating a survey using Qualtrics, and getting IRB approval to conduct my research. Currently, I am in the process of collecting data. I have already had the opportunity to present my research proposal at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Tarrytown, NY. I have future presentations planned to disseminate my research."

The Benefit: "I have learned to appreciate research, understand that research is not scary, and that research is another format for learning. Research is something that takes a lot time and commitment. I know that my involvement in conducting my own research with the guidance of Dr. Islam will most definitely help me get into graduate school because not many students have the opportunity to say 'Yes, I conducted my own research while acquiring my undergraduate degree.'"

Words of Wisdom: "Research seems scary and long. However, if you break up the research into manageable chucks with a time frame you can work with, then you can do it. A big plus side is when you find a topic that interests you, research will become intriguing because you will constantly discover new things along the entire journey."

Applied Psychology

Deanna Smith

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Project Focus: Assistance with Data Metrics for the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC)

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Cheryl Brancato
Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital

The Experience: "The research study focused on the use of the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC) and the refinement of breast cancer patient care. I analyzed pathology reports pertaining to breast cancer patients and reviewed the results with an on-site supervisor. I was responsible for each patient file. I analyzed data concerning 9 out of the 31 total pathology quality measures. The results of this study have the potential to inform individuals about the standards of care for breast cancer patients and encourage more hospitals to follow the NQMBC guidelines. The data was also used by NYU Winthrop to gain a NQMBC quality of patient care certification for that year."

The Benefit: "Seeing professionals in their element keeps me motivated to pursue my dreams of a career in the medical field. I received amazing advice and recommendations that will help me in the future. This experience was completely out of my comfort zone, but it forced me to overcome that. Now I feel more confident and accomplished in my abilities."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to speak up and provide your input. At your internship or research placement, you may feel nervous about getting the work done and interacting with workplace professionals. I know I was. But don't let that deter you from getting to know everyone. Not only will speaking up impress you supervisor, but you can also gain some valuable insight about the job and workplace relationships. You should ask questions and give input to standout. You never know if this could lead to a future job opportunity, recommendations, or, at the very least, some great advice."

Science, Technology, and Society

Owen Tam

Owen Tam.

Project Focus: How to help buildings save money and use efficient energy

Experience Type: Internship in energy efficiency
Research Mentor: Tom McGovern
Location: CUNY Building Performance Lab, District 2030, & Geatain, New York, NY

The Experience: "I was an intern for Geatain and the NY 2030 district. My responsibilities were to enter information on Energystar that they provided for me to see how much energy was being saved. I determined how to use Energystar more effectively and how to research information about smart buildings and electricity. I also had the opportunity to go to apartments, take photos, and take notes requires for the projects. I am still researching more information about these topics at the moment."

The Benefit: "This experience benefited me because I made many new connections. Making connections has given me a better chance at getting a job in the future and in my field of study. This internship also allowed me to explore how my major is going to be in the future. Overall, this experience helped me transform into a more responsible, hardworking scholar."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't back out on these opportunities. These are one of the benefits that you should be thankful for in this program. Do your tasks and be responsible. Try to make as many friends and connections as you can in the RAM program."

Electrical Engineering Technology

Keon Thomas

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Project Focus: Communications Intern for the RAM Program

Experience Type: On-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Lisa M. Cullington
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "In this internship, I conducted interviews, emailed professors, and completed mail merges for RAM Program communications."

The Benefit: "It helped me realize how much work is actually done before things take effect."

Words of Wisdom: "Take your time and do not rush greatness."

Professional Communication

Hannah Ventaloro

Hannah Ventaloro.

Project Focus: Police brutality in the LGBTQ+ Community

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in police-community relations
Research Mentor: Dr. Clare Forstie (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Dr. Clare Forstie and I did intensive research on the impact of police brutality on the LGBTQ+ community. We saw how the rate of violence went up when police would deal with people in the LGBTQ+ community. I wrote a 15-page literature review using multiple sources. Dr. Clare Forstie helped edit this review. We plan on using the information collected to publish a 2-3 page policy brief about how trans* folks are specifically targeted and marginalized in a police setting."

The Benefit: "I had so much fun with Dr. Forstie talking about what we need to fix in this world and how the knowledge we gather is truly an intense power. The knowledge you gather working with a professor isn't something that you do every day and I've made a really close friend that I will remember when I think back on my days at Farmingdale. Although it was a lot of hard work, I am so proud of my work with Dr. Forstie."

Words of Wisdom: "Doing this class can either be painful or you can make it fun. Do something you love and it won't be tedious. Yes, it is hard work, but you can do it. I recommend managing your time and credits carefully. I took 19 credits while conducting this research and it was very stressful. I had the potential to make my report stronger, but because I had so much coursework, it wasn't as strong as I had hoped it would be."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Manuela Villada

Manuela Villada.

Project Focus: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Location: Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I worked on a research study on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at Northwell Health. I learned that it takes a lot to form a research study. It was very nice to see that while people were being studied, they were being helped with their condition in order to hopefully be able to help society with a new form of treatment."

The Benefit: "My love for science grew and my desire to help people strengthened. It also helped me change my career path in the medical field. I previously wanted to be a nurse but I learned that there is so much more to be done. I would love to coordinate projects and be on the back end."

Words of Wisdom: "To every RAM student, I would recommend taking the opportunity to do an internship in their career field. Gaining experience and making connections will always benefit you in the future. From the internship you will be able to conclude if you are really cut out for the industry or job. You will be living out everything that was learned during RAM classes about research and you will see how everything you learn is put into place and used. Being hands on and working on a project and contributing to society is very satisfying."

Science, Technology, and Society
RAM SCHOLAR EXPERIENCE Filter

Diego Cordova

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Project Focus: Software simulation for studying self-discharge on batteries
Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Supria Karmaker
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "This project required a great deal of programming knowledge and techniques, some of which were new to me. To start, I learned Python programming to make the small software programs. As the program increased in lines, so did my programming skills. When the project started, I had many people test the software themselves to see what could be improved. The program is still incomplete because I plan to add other functionalities to it.

The Benefit: "This experienced benefited me in learning how researching works in my field. Also, this experience helped me to improve my coding skills by learning new programming languages and new software editors for coding. It also motivated me to add a minor in programming.

Words of Wisdom: "I feel like anything we learn through this experience is going to help us in the future of our careers, whether it is the knowledge that we get from researching or the skills get from working on problems related to the research."

Computer Engineering Technology

Jamie-Alexander Fenton

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Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Flight School Training Program

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Location: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

The Experience: "I learned how to fly the Piper Warrior and how to navigate, take off and land, and perform emergency maneuvers.

The Benefit: "With Aviation, I'm still working towards my private pilot license and I'm planning on getting my full commercial pilot license."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: NYPD Police Academy Cadet Corps

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Location: NYPD Police Academy – College Point

The Experience: "In the Cadet Corps, I spent 1 month going through Police Officer training and worked side by side with officers in the precincts. My responsibilities were to help the public and to take different police reports."

The Benefit: "I learned to appreciate the officers of not only NYC, but also of all counties and jurisdictions around the country. I've experienced first-hand many things our officers go through on a day to day basis and it motivated me to further my career in Law Enforcement."

Words of Wisdom: "Keep working and fight those sleepless nights and stressful classes. The light at the end of the tunnel will always be worth the fight."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Alyssa Yasin

Alyssa Yasin.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Antecedents of Academic Stress

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Betty Jing Feng and Dr. Chiou
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I conducted an independent research study on the effect of bicultural identity integration and the interdependent self-construal on Asian-American students' stress levels and academic performance. I was responsible for preparing and analyzing documents for IRB review, preparing a questionnaire to distribute to students, connect with student groups from different colleges, and research statistics and edit research proposals. I presented my expected results at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference."

The Benefit: "Given the increasing number of bicultural individuals in American society, it was important to bring awareness to how the dual cultural background of bicultural individuals affects their stress levels and academic performance. Presenting at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference helped me expand my network and provided me with public speaking skills. I also improved my communication skills by communicating with students and professors from colleges all over the nation."

Words of Wisdom:"My words of encouragement to FSC students are to put yourself out there and find topics you are interested in. Find a topic that you are passionate about and make it a priority because research is a valuable yet time consuming experience. Communicate effectively with your mentors and don't be afraid to ask for help when needed."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: Summer Internship

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Kimberly S. Koehler
Location: The Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna

The Experience: "During my internship at The Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, I worked with other interns to complete tasks given to us. I prepared claim letters, conducted legal research, drafted pleadings, and assembled trial notebooks. I was also responsible for client contact and attending court appearances with attorneys. I was an intern for two months, then I was hired for another month before the semester started."

The Benefit: "This internship provided me with the necessary skills to work in a law-office setting. I will use these skills in my career as a lawyer. I was exposed to different types of law, such as divorce, medical malpractice, personal injury, and real estate. I also expanded my networking abilities."

Words of Wisdom: "My words of encouragement to FSC students are to put yourself out there and find topics you are interested in. Find a topic that you are passionate about and make it a priority because research is a valuable yet time consuming experience. Communicate effectively with your mentors and don't be afraid to ask for help when needed."

Applied Economics

Katerin Melgar

Katerin Melgar.

Project Focus: Shadowing dental hygiene faculty and students

Experience Type: Off-campus applied learning experience in dental hygiene through the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The Experience: "During the six weeks we learned about different health professions. Each week, we focused on a new research topic. Some PhD students would come in and talk about their current studies. Some faculty also came and presented their research. During the six weeks we each got a group and within that group we worked on a case study in which we had to present on the last day. The case study was based on community health. Once or twice a week we each went to our interest locations. For example, I would go to the school of dentistry. They would let us shadow dental students and also interact with them while they were on their breaks. During the weekends, we had writing assignments or group work to do. We also had fun activities to do outside of campus. We went to St. Augustine to see a play and go to a park for a BBQ. During these events, our mentors from the school of dentistry would come and interact with us."

The Benefit: "SHPEP was a great experience. I learned so much about different health professions. I learned so much about dentistry and realized that I really want to pursue that career. I also made great friends from all over the country. We all went in as strangers and we left as friends. It was great seeing how many people have the same passion as me. This experience really helped me make up my mind of what I want to do after Farmingdale. I also learned a lot about myself being away from home."

Words of Wisdom: "Choose a topic that you are passionate about. If you're passionate about something, then the assignment won't be a burden, it will be informative, and you will enjoy working on it."

Dental Hygiene

Anthony Jao

Anthony Jao.

Project Focus: An analysis on regional personality profiles and differences in societal change

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in regional personality
Research Mentor: Dr. Jing Betty Feng (FSC) & Dr. Andy Chiou (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Portland, OR

The Experience: "I have been involved in many of Dr. Feng & Dr. Chiou's projects as well as my own independent research topic. Initially, I worked on a team of 3 to coordinate coding for interviews. Afterwards, I developed my own understanding of their major research projects through weekly assignments of articles to build interest. I presented my topic at Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day. Over the summer, I worked closely with the two professors as a research assistant. I recently submitted and was accepted to present my topic to the SPSP conference in Portland, OR in spring 2019."

The Benefit: "I have learned how to differentiate data in order to extract the most vital information from interviews and articles. Research has helped me develop my own view on various topics and allowed me to learn more about topics that interest me on an academic level. Not only have I learned academically, research opened up the opportunity for me to expand my social walls and learn more about the real world after college."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid of the workload; it's tough but extremely rewarding. You will learn things you never expected to learn and meet some greatly talented individuals. Sometimes you may doubt yourself and your capabilities but anyone can achieve greatness as long as you don't give up on it."

Global Business Management

Seiji Clark

Seiji Clark.

Project Focus: Event process simulation for a Lego color sorter robot

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in robotics
Research Mentor: Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I conducted my research independently with the help of my mentor, Dr. Altuger-Genc. I boosted my technical skills by personally assembling a robot and creating the code for the robot to be mobile. I had the opportunity to present my research at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference. I will continue this project by identifying different scenarios to run the simulations and analyze and compare data."

The Benefit: "Individual research gave me insight into a potential career path and taught me the basics of modeling and simulation. This experience exposed me to a new career direction and ultimately my dream of working in the engineering technology field. I also gained transferable skills such as public speaking and defending my work, which are important techniques I will need later in life."

Words of Wisdom: "Through my experience of research, I can tell you it's not as boring as you think it might be and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Go out and do something or join something that is completely out of your comfort zone! Take those chances!"

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Khaleal Williams

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Project Focus: Student perspectives of police officers

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Deanna Devlin
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience and Benefits: "This research experience gave me the chance to design and build things to help code data. In addition, I built a survey for students, asking them about their perceptions of police officers. Lastly, I developed my skills on conducting a research project and organizing data."

Words of Wisdom: "Persevere, no matter how difficult or hard it may look to complete. Consistently work hard despite the challenges. You can overcome them."

Security Systems

Lauren Carpio

Lauren Carpio.

Project Focus: Archaeological and anthropological occupation of Indian Creek

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in geriatric microaggressions
Research Mentor: Dr. Marla Johnston (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Dr. Marla Johnston and I conducted research on geriatric microaggressions. We researched the impact of elderspeak on others' perception of the elderly. Elderspeak is a form of speech used by younger adults using simple vocabulary and speaking more slowly when speaking with the elderly. Some consider elderspeak to be "baby talk" for older adults. In our research, we focused on speech, repetition, and tone. My responsibilities were to complete a literature review. I collected many peer-reviewed scholarly articles and analyzed them. Some of the articles were used in the Institutional Review Board Application. As part of this research study, we also looked to determine if there were any cultural differences. For example, do other countries have the same view on older people as we do in the United States?"

The Benefit: "I learned about geriatric microaggressions and examples of them. I learned about the effect on how one speaks to elderly person on them. It also made me realize that I should speak with caution to older adults. At times, I can admit that I have used elderspeak on some people."

Words of Wisdom: "It can be a bit hectic because you are doing some much: reading articles and your other classes. Don't stress about it! You'll learn a thing or two that you didn't know about your topic. Good luck!"

Applied Psychology

Imran Jan

Imran Jan.

Project Focus: HPV Related Cytokines' Effects on RRP and Oropharyngeal Patients

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. James DeVoti
Location: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The Experience: "I worked in a team of 4 over the summer under Dr. DeVoti. We were tasked with performing multiple protein assays and performing western blots. After performing the assays we were asked to analyze them and then come up with our own projects to work on for the remaining weeks. After 9 weeks of performing assays and analyzing data, we presented our work at the end of the internship to parents, other researchers, and other interns."

The Benefit: "Looking back on my first day, I did not know much about Immunology or HPV and I was very nervous to go into this internship. However, I came out learning much, not only about immunology, but also about good laboratory techniques, the importance of professionalism, being a good leader, and working together as a team. I can confidently say that this experience has made me grow as an individual and a researcher. I am more than well prepared for my future in the research field."

Words of Wisdom: "My advice would be to be open to new experiences and be open to learning new things. Doing research requires a lot of hard work, but being patient is the most important thing that I've learned. The experiments will not always work out, and not everything will work in your favor. But, it's important to not give up and to learn from the mistakes that you make; that's what makes you a good researcher, and makes you stand out from others. Don't let failure stop you from dreaming."

Bioscience

Marina Magoulas

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Project Focus: Internship in the accounting department

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Terry Somma
Location: Country Life Vitamins

The Experience: "I was part of the accounting team of Country Life Vitamins. Some of my responsibilities were assisting with the development and use of excel spreadsheets and input depreciation for the company. During my time as an intern, my greatest accomplishment was gaining the experience and knowledge from experienced workers in the field of accounting. I saw how the accounting team worked daily in order to maintain the company."

The Benefit: "I was able to gain hands on experience in the accounting field. This experience allowed me to figure out if I wanted to pursue this type of work or possibly steer myself into a different route. I am forever grateful for this experience and opportunity that the company gave me."

Words of Wisdom: "Its super important to put yourself out there and give yourself the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone to try something new. Never be afraid to ask questions, always take every opportunity head on and make the best of it in order to create a great experience for yourself."

Business Management

Simran Mohan

Simran Moham.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Investigative Intern- I assisted investigators with their cases and interviews in Squads 2 and 3.

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Stephen Whitehurst
Location: Department of Investigation

The Experience: "Being an investigative intern provided me with experience and expanded my knowledge in the field of criminal justice. I learned a great deal in this internship by assisting investigators with their cases and interviews in Squads 2 and 3. During my time spent with the Squad 2 investigator, I learned how much research, dedication, and time cases may take. At the end of my internship, I wrote a detailed report for the incoming interns explaining how I processed the reports so that they could continue the tedious analytical casework. I also assisted in conducting interviews, reviewing documents of evidence, and writing memorandums. Through this research experience I was able to improve my writing skills and learn the process of cases. The DOI internship was my first internship experience and exceeded my expectations.

The Benefit: "One of the highlights of my internship experience was the chance I had to participate in brown bag lunches because it allowed the interns to come together and meet people of all different levels in the agency. These lunches gave the interns a chance to learn about career paths, ask questions, and gain valuable tips from the DOI staff. Our Intern Coordinator, Stephen Whitehurst, often brought in someone who told us about their career journey and give us advice. Through this internship, I was able to get a feel for the environment and how I would fit in. I admire the work the investigators do and would definitely consider interning again with the Department of Investigation.

Words of Wisdom: "You got this! You are already one step ahead by deciding to take part in a research experience. I hope your research experience will be just as rewarding and advantageous as mine was. Good luck!"


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: Undergraduate Session Assistant for the Office of State Senator Kevin Thomas

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Nicholas Parrella
Location: NYS State Assembly

The Experience: "In the Spring 2020 semester, I worked in the office of State Senator Kevin Thomas, the first Indian-American to serve in the state. As Session Assistant, I was responsible for daily tasks including answering phones, filing/scanning memos, creating meeting briefing notes, and taking meetings. In addition, I researched legislation, created sponsor memos for pending legislation, and created "Dear Colleague" letters of support on propose bills. During session days, I attended sessions, conferences and meetings with the Senator. Part of my internship involved an academic portion where I enrolled in a seminar. Each week, I met with a professional in a different fiend of work to learn about their career. Lastly, I participated in a Model Legislative Session where I experienced the lawmaking process first hand.

The Benefit: "Through this experience, I developed positive professional relationships who have provided support and guidance in my future goals of attending law school. I made connections within my own office, but also the office of Senator Ramos. Through these connections, I have experience different viewpoints and advice on my career goals. Additionally, I developed wonderful friendships with other interns in the program that I value greatly as I am able to share my experience and gain advice from them. Lastly, by speaking to constituents, I learned that it is imperative that constituent's concerns be heard."

Words of Wisdom: "Always remember that an internship is like a long interview, and you want to be giving your best every day. Your experience can help you determine if this is where you want to go career-wise and you will make some great connections. Good luck, you got this!

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Dalya Omeishi

Dalya Omeishi.

Project Focus: The Effects of Low Intensity Vibrations on the Cytoskeleton of T Cells for CAR T Cancer Therapy

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Rosalia Davi
Location: Stony Brook University

The Experience: "During my summer I was enrolled into the REU at Stony Brook University for Nanotechnology, Health and Environment. I was able to work with Dr. Mei Lin Chan in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I worked on a new cancer therapy called Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell therapy. CAR T cell therapy is a new form of immunotherapy that specially alters T cells to target cancer cells. I presented my research to experts in the field. This research is important because it can have a large impact on the medical field as well as a deeper understanding of CAR T therapy."

The Benefit: "This research experience benefited me because it allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like working in a prestigious research facility. I was able to attend weekly seminars on how to conduct research and the potential careers in the field. This experience has allowed me to grow as an individual and it has made me very motivated to see what impact my research could have on the science community as well as the medical field. This experience made me develop a deeper passion to work in the field of medicine to learn more about different illnesses and to help patients."

Words of Wisdom: "Doing research can open up many opportunities for the future. It also very interesting getting to focus on a project and learning the different techniques required to complete it. Choose a subject that interests you so that you enjoy working on it."

Bioscience 

Idella Pack

Idella Pack.

Project Focus: Juvenile Detention and School Safety in New York City

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. LaNina Cooke
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "In the fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019 I worked with two other students and Dr. Cooke. Our research was based on juvenile detention and school safety. We were mainly focused on our hypothesis that if juvenile detention safety goes up school safety will go up. My group and I were responsible for researching school-committed crimes in New York City and also juvenile detention security. We all presented at the SUNY Student Undergrad Research Conference."

The Benefit: "I'm a shy person so by presenting at the Student Undergrad Research Conference I was able to break out of my shell because of the public speaking that was done that day. With this research internship, I also figured out that I enjoy doing research, making my own hypothesis, and proving myself right or wrong. This internship has helped me realize that I really do want to be a lawyer in the future."

Words of Wisdom: "It will be a lot of work especially when you are juggling classes and outside jobs, but it will be worth it. You will make connections with other RAM members and also professors. This is a great way to learn what you want to do in your future. Trust me it's definitely worth it."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Angelique Roberson

Angelique Roberson.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: The Effect of Immigrant or Ethnic Owned Businesses in the Market Economy

Experience Type: Off-/On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Melixa Abad-Izquierdo
Location: Farmingdale State College and Brentwood, NY

The Experience: "This research takes a look at how immigrant or ethnic owned businesses become established faster and are more successful in certain communities, such as Brentwood, NY. With the help of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, I collected qualitative data from interviews with the business owners. The knowledge gained from this data will help identify successful methods or techniques used in these businesses. I presented this proposal at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) and I plan on continuing this project throughout my senior year."

The Benefit: "One of the most beneficial things about my experience was networking. I learned to reach out to people and talk to them. I've made connections with Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and other members in the community. Not only that, but the feedback and encouragement I received at SURC from strangers made me realize the impact research can truly have. This experience has been a bit personal since I chose a community and a topic that closely relates to my community and the environment I grew up in. It has encouraged me to appreciate where I live and see my community, along with other low-income communities, through a different perspective."

Words of Wisdom: "When hearing the word 'research,' you automatically start thinking of all the work that goes into it. While it is hard work and it does require dedication, it is worth it. I never thought I would do research, nor did I think I would pursue it outside my RAM 201 class; but all it takes is that one moment where you find something you are passionate about, because that passion gives you the motivation you need to go further. Also, remember that you are not alone in anything you do. There is always someone that will be there to help you when you need them, from counselors to students. Don't be afraid to ask for help, because we all need some from time to time."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: The Effect of Mentorship for Young Women on Long Island

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Barbara Beatus-Vegh
Location: Girls, Inc. of Long Island

The Experience: "I worked with Girls Inc. for two semesters, as a researcher and an intern. With the help of RAM Scholar, Malasher Johnson, I created and implemented focus groups and survey instruments. By doing this, I determined how effective the mentorship curriculum was for girls in elementary through high school who participated in mentorship opportunities offered by Girls, Inc. From the results, we enhanced the curriculum to continue to ensure the success of the program mentees as they advance in their personal, professional, and academic journey.

The Benefit: "This was my first experience conducting any research, and it was from this project that I discovered my interest and enjoyment for research in general. Most importantly, it helped me discover and solidify my passion for social justice, specifically in immigrant rights. I say this very often, but out of the many beneficial things I have learned from this experience, like effective organizational and communication skills, I learned the true importance of networking! It an important skill and asset, that can help you pave pathways and open doors."

Words of Wisdom: "When I was first introduced into the RAM program and saw that I had to do research, I immediately tried to think of ways I could get out of it and had an immediate dislike for it, like many of us. However, when I took RAM 201, I discovered a topic I was passionate about. My advice to those preparing for research is: go into research with an open mind. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box and run with an idea, even if it is a small one, because that idea just might become a new policy, a new medical treatment, a new theory taught in classrooms, or even an article read by a student looking for inspiration for their own research."

Business Management

Nohelia Vargas

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Project Focus: Research on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Jennifer Polo
Location: North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I was part of the research team that worked on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Study. We recruited 230 patients with COPD to participate in the study. The participants received help and equipment to do the study's exercises and participated in monthly surveys and calls with the research team."

The Benefit: "I learned to use various programs and a software that contained all the patients' information. I learned about COPD disease. I learned to communicate properly with the patients. The research team were friendly and helpful to me. I felt very comfortable working with them. I was able to see the hospital environment as health worker instead of a patient.

Words of Wisdom: "Any experience, anywhere will help you in one way or another in life. Take advantage of it."

 Science, Technology, and Society

David Wan

David Wan.

Project Focus: A numerical study of coherent radiation from an induced plasma dipole oscillation created by two detuned lasers.

Experience Type: Off-/On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Paulo Castillo and Kwang Min Yu
Location: Farmingdale State College and Brookhaven National Lab, NY

The Experience: "I worked with a partner to run simulations from a code created by my mentor to then analyze the physical theory and to help develop programs to better analyze the simulation data. Our actions helped refine the simulation code. A poster presentation was given at the end of the internship. Additionally, a paper using data collected from our simulations is in the process of being published. I am continuing this project by running simulations for the researcher to analyze."

The Benefit: "This experience has provided a deeper insight into coding and particle physics. I was able to meet like-minded individuals from universities from across the county. Additionally, this internship provided me a graduate level experience that has given me a better understanding of how research would be conducted within a graduate school. Overall, this experience has helped me gain a new perspective on my current career path."

Words of Wisdom: "Always do the best that you can do and don't worry too much about any set-backs you may face. Everything you do is something that you can learn from."

Computer Engineering Technology

Brianna  Hunter

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Project Focus: Research assistant in developing evidence-based programming

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Melissa Ferrante and Jessica St. Germain
Location: The Crime Victim's Center

The Experience: "I conducted extensive research on evidence-based and evidence-informed practices. I worked independently and asked for help when I needed it. I identified the steps necessary to move a program from using evidence-informed to evidence-based practices. I participated in a few presentations and consulted with my mentor as needed."

The Benefit: "While interning here for a short time, I realized that instead of being a child psychologist, I want to become a licensed social worker. I was able to sit in on meetings and a mentor was presenting information about racial discrimination in our society. I learned a great deal of information that I could apply to my future goals as becoming a licensed social worker one day. Due to my experience, I decided that I want to attend graduate school at John Jay to pursue a master's degree in forensic mental health counseling."

Words of Wisdom: "If you want to pursue a degree in social work, I recommend that you intern here as it is such a great eye-opener. Also, you should take a research class like research methods because it is such a great help if you have a difficult time when it comes to conducting research."

Applied Psychology
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Konstantinos Neofitos

Konstantinos Neofitos.

Project Focus: We wanted to apply the use of Urbanized Horticulture into architectural development.

Experience Type: On/Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Eugene Kwak
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "A fellow classmate and I worked with Professor Eugene Kwak over the summer on a research project. The idea of the research started off wanting to utilize horticulture as a tool to improve an architectural concept of hierarchy and design. This led to asking the question: could this concept be developed as a learning class and if so, could it be made into a requirement for a major? Our responsibility after asking ourselves this was to create a design of a garden and implement ideas as to how it can relate to an architectural design course, and how horticulture classes can benefit from this. This research was published and appears in the outside hallway in Lupton Hall near the parking lot 5B entrance.

The Benefit: "I benefited from this research opportunity by having a better understanding of the process that our designs go through. This has also helped me see how much further this research idea can go and what other projects can benefit from it. From our understanding, there are other people in the field who have similar ideas/concepts. We intend to expand our contacts in this field."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to express your ideas. The world is moving towards a direction where everyone has an idea, and there will be competition. If you have an idea that you are confident in, push it because you might find people that are interested in your idea and will help you in the long run."

Architectural Engineering and Technology

Nicholas Hart

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Project Focus: RAM 5K Run

Experience Type: On-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: John Meindl
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I was a part of an internship team working on the Ram Run 5K. At first, my job was to collect contact information of possible sponsors. The team and I collected data for businesses to sponsor the run and then contacted them."

The Benefit: "I learned a lot through the experience. The only way to gain experience is to go through the motions themselves. I was exposed to some great individuals between Professor Meindl and my upperclassmen teammates. I also discovered that I enjoy being involved and organizing events."

Words of Wisdom: "Take advantage of the opportunity with which you are presented."

Sport Management

Talha Zia

Talha Zia.

Project Focus: To see if and how blockchain technology can be used to secure electronic medical records.

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Professor Mihaela Radu
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I learned a new coding language and data basing. I intend to complete the research and create a presentable and easy to understand PowerPoint presentation to help beginners understand what we were doing. Through the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), we were able to intrigue other colleges, like SUNY Stony Brook, about our project and to join in on the research."

The Benefit: "It has been a great experience that has benefited me a lot because now I'm an active IEEE member, and I have been acquainted with wonderful people who have many connections. I learned new skills that will definitely help me in the workforce. This experience also gives me a head start on my senior year project."

Words of Wisdom: "Even if you decide to sign up or ask about an internship late, you should still ask about it because it never hurts to ask. All of the RAM counselors are very helpful and look for what is best for us and will try to find the best fit for us in terms of research and internships."

Computer Engineering Technology
 
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Alyssa Yasin

Alyssa Yasin.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Antecedents of Academic Stress

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Betty Jing Feng and Dr. Chiou
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I conducted an independent research study on the effect of bicultural identity integration and the interdependent self-construal on Asian-American students' stress levels and academic performance. I was responsible for preparing and analyzing documents for IRB review, preparing a questionnaire to distribute to students, connect with student groups from different colleges, and research statistics and edit research proposals. I presented my expected results at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference."

The Benefit: "Given the increasing number of bicultural individuals in American society, it was important to bring awareness to how the dual cultural background of bicultural individuals affects their stress levels and academic performance. Presenting at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference helped me expand my network and provided me with public speaking skills. I also improved my communication skills by communicating with students and professors from colleges all over the nation."

Words of Wisdom:"My words of encouragement to FSC students are to put yourself out there and find topics you are interested in. Find a topic that you are passionate about and make it a priority because research is a valuable yet time consuming experience. Communicate effectively with your mentors and don't be afraid to ask for help when needed."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: Summer Internship

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Kimberly S. Koehler
Location: The Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna

The Experience: "During my internship at The Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, I worked with other interns to complete tasks given to us. I prepared claim letters, conducted legal research, drafted pleadings, and assembled trial notebooks. I was also responsible for client contact and attending court appearances with attorneys. I was an intern for two months, then I was hired for another month before the semester started."

The Benefit: "This internship provided me with the necessary skills to work in a law-office setting. I will use these skills in my career as a lawyer. I was exposed to different types of law, such as divorce, medical malpractice, personal injury, and real estate. I also expanded my networking abilities."

Words of Wisdom: "My words of encouragement to FSC students are to put yourself out there and find topics you are interested in. Find a topic that you are passionate about and make it a priority because research is a valuable yet time consuming experience. Communicate effectively with your mentors and don't be afraid to ask for help when needed."

Applied Economics

Erick Elias

Erick Elias.

Project Focus: Predict the amount of enforced revenue that will be collected in the next fiscal year

Experience Type: Internship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Location: IRS, Washington, DC

The Experience: "I was put on a team with four other data scientists. The goal of my project was to use different forecasting models to predict how much enforced revenue the IRS will be receiving in the near future. I used SQL to pull in data from the IRS databases and used R to set up the data, visualize relationships between different variables using graphs, and analyzing trends. We also used econometric models to predict the state of the economy as it has a strong relationship with tax revenue. My work was left with my former co-workers and will be used to settle taxing decisions."

The Benefit: "The first few weeks were the most stressful as I was essentially crafting a capstone project in a field I have never touched before while utilizing software I was inexperienced with. With enough perseverance, I was able to complete a project that has greatly affected the Federal Government all while receiving training for essential skills on the job. Solving problems that have never been tackled before always brought me a feeling of accomplishment which was essential to continue building my motivation. Living away in Washington D.C. for three months not only taught me professional skills but also granted me the potential to strive further in my career and realize that it's best to live life to the fullest."

Words of Wisdom: "I would never have thought I would be an intern working a major project that would benefit the IRS. Competing for an extremely selective position and succeeding made me realize that anything is possible. It's best to start early and start searching for opportunities as early as possible. As Rabindranath Tagore once said, 'you can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.'"

Applied Mathematics

Tahj Amonds

Tahj Amonds.

Project Focus: Does location have an effect on a student's academic success?

Experience Type: Off/On-Campus Research Experience in academic success factors
Research Mentor: Dr. Aaron Howell (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Massapequa, NY

The Experience: "We created a data base from archival data that Dr. Howell and I retrieved from LIPC. I helped organize and analyze the data. We are submitted to present at a professional conference and the SUNY undergraduate research conference at Farmingdale. We are also working on publishing a paper."

The Benefit: "It has taught me about the wonderful world of research and explore my options as a future social worker. I was able to meet a lot of great people who all care about the same issues as me. This experience has made me want to keep conducting research after my time here at Farmingdale."

Words of Wisdom: "The sky is the limit. Never think any idea is too big or too small. Work towards it if it is something that you care about."

Applied Psychology

Konstantinos Neofitos

Konstantinos Neofitos.

Project Focus: We wanted to apply the use of Urbanized Horticulture into architectural development.

Experience Type: On/Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Eugene Kwak
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "A fellow classmate and I worked with Professor Eugene Kwak over the summer on a research project. The idea of the research started off wanting to utilize horticulture as a tool to improve an architectural concept of hierarchy and design. This led to asking the question: could this concept be developed as a learning class and if so, could it be made into a requirement for a major? Our responsibility after asking ourselves this was to create a design of a garden and implement ideas as to how it can relate to an architectural design course, and how horticulture classes can benefit from this. This research was published and appears in the outside hallway in Lupton Hall near the parking lot 5B entrance.

The Benefit: "I benefited from this research opportunity by having a better understanding of the process that our designs go through. This has also helped me see how much further this research idea can go and what other projects can benefit from it. From our understanding, there are other people in the field who have similar ideas/concepts. We intend to expand our contacts in this field."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to express your ideas. The world is moving towards a direction where everyone has an idea, and there will be competition. If you have an idea that you are confident in, push it because you might find people that are interested in your idea and will help you in the long run."

Architectural Engineering and Technology

Tonuza Ahmed

Tonuza Ahmed.

Project Focus: Using vector in order to treat spinal cord injury induced pain

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience through the Leadership Alliance
Research Mentors: Dr. Stanislava Jergova & Dr. Jacqueline Sagen
Location: University of Miami, Miami, FL

The Experience: "I assisted in the lab with other student interns. We would take care of the animals, help with procedures such as perfusion, make solutions needed for the experiment, make arrangements for the surgery, read research articles, and organize our results to present."

The Benefit: "Through this internship I have gotten a first-hand research experience. I have seen how the acquired knowledge can be used in real life. Also, I have met some great people, made new friends, and explored the city of Miami. I also gained experience presenting my research as a poster at the Leadership Alliance Conference in Hartford, CT and as an oral presentation at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Tarrytown, NY. Overall, it was a very good research experience."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to take opportunities."

Bioscience

Brandon DeFeo

Project Focus: Business Start-Up Assistant in Home-made Pet Food Services

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Rosemary Lombardi
Location: Vetricious

The Experience: "As a member of the research team, I researched the nutritional requirements for pet food for dogs, and the legal requirements and conditions for the pet food to be made. Once samples were created, I would send the food samples to laboratories for testing, create labels, and build the website to market."

The Benefit: "This experience was incredibly beneficial. I learned how to deal with the legal aspects of a start-up company. All of the research and legal compliance is a big obstacle, but is certainly doable. Taking the time to learn the ropes of how to form a corporation, and developing the steps to take an idea, and turn it into a business, is mainly what I learned."

Words of Wisdom: "Try to find something your passionate about, and find great people to do it with. Half of the battle is finding work you love to do; the other half is finding the right people to do it with. If you can create that combination of good work and good people, your research experience will be incredibly beneficial, and may lead to opportunities in the future.

Business Management

Diego Cordova

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Project Focus: Software simulation for studying self-discharge on batteries

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Supria Karmaker
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "This project required a great deal of programming knowledge and techniques, some of which were new to me. To start, I learned Python programming to make the small software programs. As the program increased in lines, so did my programming skills. When the project started, I had many people test the software themselves to see what could be improved. The program is still incomplete because I plan to add other functionalities to it.

The Benefit: "This experienced benefited me in learning how researching works in my field. Also, this experience helped me to improve my coding skills by learning new programming languages and new software editors for coding. It also motivated me to add a minor in programming.

Words of Wisdom: "I feel like anything we learn through this experience is going to help us in the future of our careers, whether it is the knowledge that we get from researching or the skills get from working on problems related to the research."

Computer Engineering Technology

David Ramirez

David Ramirez

Project Focus: Full-stack development of business branded website and a business analytics project

Experience Type: Internship in web development
Location: Nature's Bounty Co., Ronkonkoma, NY

The Experience: "For the website, I worked alongside a mentor and was responsible for the design, coding, mobile implementation, search engine optimization and overall efficiency of the website. The website is now live at spoonfuls.solgar.com. For the business analytics project, I worked with 6 other interns to analyze a critical business problem and propose a solution to it while also testing our solution to the entirety of the domestic consumer base. We also gave a presentation to the C-level executives (CEO, CIO, etc.) on the work we did and how implementing our plan could benefit the company."

The Benefit: "This experience bolstered my 'soft skills' such as teamwork and communication and honed my technical knowledge in web development (both front-end and back-end). It also allowed me the opportunity to work with powerful business analytics tools and programming technologies I may not have had the chance to work with otherwise. This internship made me develop a deeper passion for web development and programming while also working with a knowledgeable and caring team."

Words of Wisdom: "To those seeking to complete their RAM research experience, I would recommend looking beyond your major into similar fields since you never know what could trigger a response in you that makes clearer or even changes your career goals. For internships specifically, give your all when you work and learn as much as you can since your time there goes by so quick and you can learn valuable skills if you open up to those around you, even if the topic has nothing to do with your current projects (employers and your colleagues will take note of your initiative to learn). I recommend that when you are given work, be your own worst critic. Go over every little detail that can be done better or made faster. Your work matters here! Show your manager or boss that you are meticulous and put your best foot forward, and don't be afraid to ask, 'How can I do this better?'"

This last point I want to say without putting pressure on you: Remember that whether you are doing research or an internship, you represent not only yourself but also the RAM Program and Farmingdale State College. Keeping that in mind, look for ways to grow yourself and hold yourself accountable for whatever you do. While you shouldn't lose sleep over your work, you should be thinking of ways to truly showcase what you can do. Go the extra mile in your work or for someone else. In whatever you do, show what it means to be a RAM scholar."

Computer Programming & Information Systems

Jamie-Alexander Fenton

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Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Flight School Training Program

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Location: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

The Experience: "I learned how to fly the Piper Warrior and how to navigate, take off and land, and perform emergency maneuvers.

The Benefit: "With Aviation, I'm still working towards my private pilot license and I'm planning on getting my full commercial pilot license."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: NYPD Police Academy Cadet Corps

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Location: NYPD Police Academy – College Point

The Experience: "In the Cadet Corps, I spent 1 month going through Police Officer training and worked side by side with officers in the precincts. My responsibilities were to help the public and to take different police reports."

The Benefit: "I learned to appreciate the officers of not only NYC, but also of all counties and jurisdictions around the country. I've experienced first-hand many things our officers go through on a day to day basis and it motivated me to further my career in Law Enforcement."

Words of Wisdom: "Keep working and fight those sleepless nights and stressful classes. The light at the end of the tunnel will always be worth the fight."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Katerin Melgar

Katerin Melgar.

Project Focus: Shadowing dental hygiene faculty and students

Experience Type: Off-campus applied learning experience in dental hygiene through the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The Experience: "During the six weeks we learned about different health professions. Each week, we focused on a new research topic. Some PhD students would come in and talk about their current studies. Some faculty also came and presented their research. During the six weeks we each got a group and within that group we worked on a case study in which we had to present on the last day. The case study was based on community health. Once or twice a week we each went to our interest locations. For example, I would go to the school of dentistry. They would let us shadow dental students and also interact with them while they were on their breaks. During the weekends, we had writing assignments or group work to do. We also had fun activities to do outside of campus. We went to St. Augustine to see a play and go to a park for a BBQ. During these events, our mentors from the school of dentistry would come and interact with us."

The Benefit: "SHPEP was a great experience. I learned so much about different health professions. I learned so much about dentistry and realized that I really want to pursue that career. I also made great friends from all over the country. We all went in as strangers and we left as friends. It was great seeing how many people have the same passion as me. This experience really helped me make up my mind of what I want to do after Farmingdale. I also learned a lot about myself being away from home."

Words of Wisdom: "Choose a topic that you are passionate about. If you're passionate about something, then the assignment won't be a burden, it will be informative, and you will enjoy working on it."

Dental Hygiene

Darren Dawson

Darren Dawson.

Project Focus: Crystal growth using the flux method

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in physics
Research Mentor: Dr. Jack Simonson (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I worked under the guidance of another student who gave me tasks to complete in order to ensure the proper production of the crystals we intended to grow. Primarily, I measured elements to ensure a correct sample size."

The Benefit: "It opened my eyes to how involved and fun research in material science can be."

Words of Wisdom: "Take all the opportunities you can to get involved, not just for the resume or job, but because exposing yourself will really help you to understand and justify what it is you want to do."

Electrical Engineering Technology

Anthony Jao

Anthony Jao.

Project Focus: An analysis on regional personality profiles and differences in societal change

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in regional personality
Research Mentor: Dr. Jing Betty Feng (FSC) & Dr. Andy Chiou (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Portland, OR

The Experience: "I have been involved in many of Dr. Feng & Dr. Chiou's projects as well as my own independent research topic. Initially, I worked on a team of 3 to coordinate coding for interviews. Afterwards, I developed my own understanding of their major research projects through weekly assignments of articles to build interest. I presented my topic at Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day. Over the summer, I worked closely with the two professors as a research assistant. I recently submitted and was accepted to present my topic to the SPSP conference in Portland, OR in spring 2019."

The Benefit: "I have learned how to differentiate data in order to extract the most vital information from interviews and articles. Research has helped me develop my own view on various topics and allowed me to learn more about topics that interest me on an academic level. Not only have I learned academically, research opened up the opportunity for me to expand my social walls and learn more about the real world after college."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid of the workload; it's tough but extremely rewarding. You will learn things you never expected to learn and meet some greatly talented individuals. Sometimes you may doubt yourself and your capabilities but anyone can achieve greatness as long as you don't give up on it."

Global Business Management

Seiji Clark

Seiji Clark.

Project Focus: Event process simulation for a Lego color sorter robot

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in robotics
Research Mentor: Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I conducted my research independently with the help of my mentor, Dr. Altuger-Genc. I boosted my technical skills by personally assembling a robot and creating the code for the robot to be mobile. I had the opportunity to present my research at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference. I will continue this project by identifying different scenarios to run the simulations and analyze and compare data."

The Benefit: "Individual research gave me insight into a potential career path and taught me the basics of modeling and simulation. This experience exposed me to a new career direction and ultimately my dream of working in the engineering technology field. I also gained transferable skills such as public speaking and defending my work, which are important techniques I will need later in life."

Words of Wisdom: "Through my experience of research, I can tell you it's not as boring as you think it might be and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Go out and do something or join something that is completely out of your comfort zone! Take those chances!"

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Kamryn Hernandez

Kamryn Hernandez.

Project Focus: Archaeological and anthropological occupation of Indian Creek

Experience Type:Off-campus research experience in anthroplogy
Research Mentor: Dr. Matthew Brown (FSC)
Location: Antigua and Barbuda

The Experience: "I traveled to Antigua under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Brown to conduct conservation work, engage in excavations, and learn invaluable skills that are transferable to my school and work field. Together, along with other students from around the world, we discovered 2 pre-birth infants from the 620-670 CE period. Because of this experience I was able to present not only in Antigua in front of faculty but at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Niagara Falls."

The Benefit: "This research experience transformed me as a student and as an individual. Almost two years later, I am still grateful for the amazing experience the RAM program gave me. This experience gave me new found confidence, instilled a love for research and crystalized my decision to further my education with a Doctorate in Nursing. Although my research was not in my career field, it provided me with the skills, work ethic and confidence that I need to pursue a career in the medical field. I made amazing friends and gained a new found love of travel and appreciating the cultures of other countries."

Words of Wisdom: "I encourage other RAM scholars and FSC students to not limit yourself! You will be surprised at what you are capable of doing when you are given the chance to. Do not be afraid to expose yourself to new things and step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the greatest experiences of your life are waiting for you; you just have to overcome those feelings of fear!"

Nursing

Jessica Rubio

Jessica Rubio.

Project Focus: How an online publication creates a community identity

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in journalism
Research Mentor: Dr. Noel Brathwaite (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College & York College, PA

The Experience: "I worked alongside Dr. Brathwaite in my research study on how an online publication can be used to foster a community identity. My responsibilities were to collect data and revive the student newspaper on campus. Overall, we successfully revived the student newspaper by creating an online publication. Over 22 members were recruited and we made the student newspaper into a club called The Dale News so all students on campus can join. Before I graduated, we published over 15 articles on The Dale News. I presented my research at the Naylor Workshop at York College and at the Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day. While our research study has ended, the student newspaper continues."

The Benefit: "This experience has benefited me tremendously. I've made so many friends, networked with others, and traveled. I was accepted with a scholarship to the Media Studies master's program at The New School in NYC. I decided to take a year off from graduate school to work and gain experience. I am currently working at Canon USA Inc. Headquarters as an administrative assistant for general affairs. Two years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Once I transferred to Farmingdale State College and was selected to be a part of the RAM program, I finally felt I had a purpose. The RAM program has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I would get during my college career. Within only two years, I've accomplished so much which gives me the confidence to continue further in my future career."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't let fear discourage you! The RAM family was with me every step of the way where I finally began to ignore fear. After I completed my first ever research study I felt like I could accomplish anything. This program truly gave me the confidence I needed and I know you all will experience the same as well!"

Professional Communications

Khaleal Williams

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Project Focus: Student perspectives of police officers

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Deanna Devlin
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience and Benefits: "This research experience gave me the chance to design and build things to help code data. In addition, I built a survey for students, asking them about their perceptions of police officers. Lastly, I developed my skills on conducting a research project and organizing data."

Words of Wisdom: "Persevere, no matter how difficult or hard it may look to complete. Consistently work hard despite the challenges. You can overcome them."

Security Systems

Gaetana Carr

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Project Focus: Research assistant in the CORAL Study

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Michael Figuccio
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I was part of a five-person research team. I was responsible for completing online certifications, working alongside other faculty members to help them complete their own separate studies as well. COVID took over half way through the semester and took away from the hands-on aspect, but the work I completed afterwards was very beneficial to my career."

The Benefit: "RAM 303 was an amazing experience. At first it seemed like a lot of added work to my already challenging major, but it helped so much. I truly feel like this enhanced my learning experience. I got the opportunity to work with a professor I enjoyed in class and learn his best qualities directly from him. Although COVID took from this experience, it added so much. Having a caring and supportive mentor made a scary situation so much better."

Words of Wisdom: "Cherish every moment, it goes by so fast. Learn as much as you can, and take away as much as possible."

Science, Technology, and Society

Nicholas Hart

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Project Focus: RAM 5K Run

Experience Type: On-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: John Meindl
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I was a part of an internship team working on the Ram Run 5K. At first, my job was to collect contact information of possible sponsors. The team and I collected data for businesses to sponsor the run and then contacted them."

The Benefit: "I learned a lot through the experience. The only way to gain experience is to go through the motions themselves. I was exposed to some great individuals between Professor Meindl and my upperclassmen teammates. I also discovered that I enjoy being involved and organizing events."

Words of Wisdom: "Take advantage of the opportunity with which you are presented."

Sport Management

Lauren Carpio

Lauren Carpio.

Project Focus: Archaeological and anthropological occupation of Indian Creek

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in geriatric microaggressions
Research Mentor: Dr. Marla Johnston (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Dr. Marla Johnston and I conducted research on geriatric microaggressions. We researched the impact of elderspeak on others' perception of the elderly. Elderspeak is a form of speech used by younger adults using simple vocabulary and speaking more slowly when speaking with the elderly. Some consider elderspeak to be "baby talk" for older adults. In our research, we focused on speech, repetition, and tone. My responsibilities were to complete a literature review. I collected many peer-reviewed scholarly articles and analyzed them. Some of the articles were used in the Institutional Review Board Application. As part of this research study, we also looked to determine if there were any cultural differences. For example, do other countries have the same view on older people as we do in the United States?"

The Benefit: "I learned about geriatric microaggressions and examples of them. I learned about the effect on how one speaks to elderly person on them. It also made me realize that I should speak with caution to older adults. At times, I can admit that I have used elderspeak on some people."

Words of Wisdom: "It can be a bit hectic because you are doing some much: reading articles and your other classes. Don't stress about it! You'll learn a thing or two that you didn't know about your topic. Good luck!"

Applied Psychology

Lailani Gibson

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Project Focus: Community advocate for various social, racial, and justice Issues

Experience Type: Off-Campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Eva Pearson (FSC)
Location: Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Massapequa, NY

The Experience: "I created scripts for community outreach, attended meetings with elected officials and helped raise awareness on various social implications. I still work with the employees when and wherever I can be of assistance."

The Benefit: "I got a keen sense as to what it takes to engage and involve a community around social, racial, and justice issues. I was also taught and empowered to believe that my voice mattered and was shown specifically how much power we have, as a people, when we work together in practice. I gained insight into the fact that I can find like-minded people who I enjoy working with. This type of setting is necessary for my growth.

Words of Wisdom: "Know that the work is all on your shoulders. Don't expect anyone to help you through, take accountability and find your own opportunities. Don't sit around waiting because they will not come. Be the change you want to see."

Business Management

Imran Jan

Imran Jan.

Project Focus: HPV Related Cytokines' Effects on RRP and Oropharyngeal Patients

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. James DeVoti
Location: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The Experience: "I worked in a team of 4 over the summer under Dr. DeVoti. We were tasked with performing multiple protein assays and performing western blots. After performing the assays we were asked to analyze them and then come up with our own projects to work on for the remaining weeks. After 9 weeks of performing assays and analyzing data, we presented our work at the end of the internship to parents, other researchers, and other interns."

The Benefit: "Looking back on my first day, I did not know much about Immunology or HPV and I was very nervous to go into this internship. However, I came out learning much, not only about immunology, but also about good laboratory techniques, the importance of professionalism, being a good leader, and working together as a team. I can confidently say that this experience has made me grow as an individual and a researcher. I am more than well prepared for my future in the research field."

Words of Wisdom: "My advice would be to be open to new experiences and be open to learning new things. Doing research requires a lot of hard work, but being patient is the most important thing that I've learned. The experiments will not always work out, and not everything will work in your favor. But, it's important to not give up and to learn from the mistakes that you make; that's what makes you a good researcher, and makes you stand out from others. Don't let failure stop you from dreaming."

Bioscience

Jaelin Johnson

Jaelin Johnson.

Project Focus: To enhance user experiences using mixed reality

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in blended interactions
Research Mentor: Dr. Brian O'Keefe (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College, New York, NY, & Patchogue, NY

The Experience: "I worked on a team of students from Farmingdale State College and Edinburgh-Napier University in Scotland to develop mixed reality prototypes. I was responsible for giving input and developing ideas. We visited NYC's High Line Park and developed a virtual tour of the park. We also created several mixed reality proposals that would occupy the landscape. With another student, I designed a mixed reality game app that would help people visiting the High Line be more environmentally conscious about the Hudson River. We presented our work at Muñeca Arthouse in Patchogue, NY. This work will continue in Scotland in summer 2019."

The Benefit: "I was paid for this experience while I made new connections and gained valuable knowledge. I was able to meet new people. I also learned about new and emerging technologies and practice my public speaking skills."

Words of Wisdom: "RAM research is a great way to expand your mind. It allows you to meet new people that have similar goals as you. The RAM Program constantly opens new doors."

Business Management

Marina Magoulas

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Project Focus: Internship in the accounting department

Experience Type: Off-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Terry Somma
Location: Country Life Vitamins

The Experience: "I was part of the accounting team of Country Life Vitamins. Some of my responsibilities were assisting with the development and use of excel spreadsheets and input depreciation for the company. During my time as an intern, my greatest accomplishment was gaining the experience and knowledge from experienced workers in the field of accounting. I saw how the accounting team worked daily in order to maintain the company."

The Benefit: "I was able to gain hands on experience in the accounting field. This experience allowed me to figure out if I wanted to pursue this type of work or possibly steer myself into a different route. I am forever grateful for this experience and opportunity that the company gave me."

Words of Wisdom: "Its super important to put yourself out there and give yourself the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone to try something new. Never be afraid to ask questions, always take every opportunity head on and make the best of it in order to create a great experience for yourself."

Business Management

Simran Mohan

Simran Moham.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: Investigative Intern- I assisted investigators with their cases and interviews in Squads 2 and 3.


Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Stephen Whitehurst
Location: Department of Investigation

The Experience: "Being an investigative intern provided me with experience and expanded my knowledge in the field of criminal justice. I learned a great deal in this internship by assisting investigators with their cases and interviews in Squads 2 and 3. During my time spent with the Squad 2 investigator, I learned how much research, dedication, and time cases may take. At the end of my internship, I wrote a detailed report for the incoming interns explaining how I processed the reports so that they could continue the tedious analytical casework. I also assisted in conducting interviews, reviewing documents of evidence, and writing memorandums. Through this research experience I was able to improve my writing skills and learn the process of cases. The DOI internship was my first internship experience and exceeded my expectations.

The Benefit: "One of the highlights of my internship experience was the chance I had to participate in brown bag lunches because it allowed the interns to come together and meet people of all different levels in the agency. These lunches gave the interns a chance to learn about career paths, ask questions, and gain valuable tips from the DOI staff. Our Intern Coordinator, Stephen Whitehurst, often brought in someone who told us about their career journey and give us advice. Through this internship, I was able to get a feel for the environment and how I would fit in. I admire the work the investigators do and would definitely consider interning again with the Department of Investigation.

Words of Wisdom: "You got this! You are already one step ahead by deciding to take part in a research experience. I hope your research experience will be just as rewarding and advantageous as mine was. Good luck!"


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: Undergraduate Session Assistant for the Office of State Senator Kevin Thomas

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Nicholas Parrella
Location: NYS State Assembly

The Experience: "In the Spring 2020 semester, I worked in the office of State Senator Kevin Thomas, the first Indian-American to serve in the state. As Session Assistant, I was responsible for daily tasks including answering phones, filing/scanning memos, creating meeting briefing notes, and taking meetings. In addition, I researched legislation, created sponsor memos for pending legislation, and created "Dear Colleague" letters of support on propose bills. During session days, I attended sessions, conferences and meetings with the Senator. Part of my internship involved an academic portion where I enrolled in a seminar. Each week, I met with a professional in a different fiend of work to learn about their career. Lastly, I participated in a Model Legislative Session where I experienced the lawmaking process first hand.

The Benefit: "Through this experience, I developed positive professional relationships who have provided support and guidance in my future goals of attending law school. I made connections within my own office, but also the office of Senator Ramos. Through these connections, I have experience different viewpoints and advice on my career goals. Additionally, I developed wonderful friendships with other interns in the program that I value greatly as I am able to share my experience and gain advice from them. Lastly, by speaking to constituents, I learned that it is imperative that constituent's concerns be heard."

Words of Wisdom: "Always remember that an internship is like a long interview, and you want to be giving your best every day. Your experience can help you determine if this is where you want to go career-wise and you will make some great connections. Good luck, you got this!

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Rosa Nortesano

Rosa Nortesano.

Project Focus: Shadowing obstetric and gynecological sonograms

Experience Type: Applied learning experience in sonography
Location: Office of Dr. Michael Polcino, North Babylon, NY

The Experience: "I shadowed a sonographer and witnessed a variety of sonograms starting with obstetric and gynecological sonograms. I was able to experience all the aspects of being a sonogram technician, such as being able to recognize what is on the sonogram machine and how to identify the various organs and structures. I was able to work very closely with patients and the doctor especially when it came to him doing procedures such as an endometrial biopsy."

The Benefit: "I was able to see what it was like to be a sonographer. This was a great experience considering the fact that this is a career path that I may take. It allowed me to talk to and build a relationship with the sonographer who could potentially help me find a job in the future. This experience allows me to be different from everyone who applied to the program because now I have first-hand experience in the field."

 "The internship may be long but it will all be worth it in the end! This opportunity can open many doors for you. It can allow you to see what field you're interested in and give you an option to do it first hand and see if you actually love it enough to keep pursuing it. This is very important especially if you're a very indecisive student such as myself. Know it is all worth it and will be a benefit to you!"

Science, Technology, and Society

Dalya Omeishi

Dalya Omeishi.

Project Focus: The Effects of Low Intensity Vibrations on the Cytoskeleton of T Cells for CAR T Cancer Therapy

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Rosalia Davi
Location: Stony Brook University

The Experience: "During my summer I was enrolled into the REU at Stony Brook University for Nanotechnology, Health and Environment. I was able to work with Dr. Mei Lin Chan in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I worked on a new cancer therapy called Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell therapy. CAR T cell therapy is a new form of immunotherapy that specially alters T cells to target cancer cells. I presented my research to experts in the field. This research is important because it can have a large impact on the medical field as well as a deeper understanding of CAR T therapy."

The Benefit: "This research experience benefited me because it allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like working in a prestigious research facility. I was able to attend weekly seminars on how to conduct research and the potential careers in the field. This experience has allowed me to grow as an individual and it has made me very motivated to see what impact my research could have on the science community as well as the medical field. This experience made me develop a deeper passion to work in the field of medicine to learn more about different illnesses and to help patients."

Words of Wisdom: "Doing research can open up many opportunities for the future. It also very interesting getting to focus on a project and learning the different techniques required to complete it. Choose a subject that interests you so that you enjoy working on it."

Bioscience

Idella Pack

Idella Pack.

Project Focus: Juvenile Detention and School Safety in New York City

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. LaNina Cooke
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "In the fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019 I worked with two other students and Dr. Cooke. Our research was based on juvenile detention and school safety. We were mainly focused on our hypothesis that if juvenile detention safety goes up school safety will go up. My group and I were responsible for researching school-committed crimes in New York City and also juvenile detention security. We all presented at the SUNY Student Undergrad Research Conference."


The Benefit: "I'm a shy person so by presenting at the Student Undergrad Research Conference I was able to break out of my shell because of the public speaking that was done that day. With this research internship, I also figured out that I enjoy doing research, making my own hypothesis, and proving myself right or wrong. This internship has helped me realize that I really do want to be a lawyer in the future."


Words of Wisdom: "It will be a lot of work especially when you are juggling classes and outside jobs, but it will be worth it. You will make connections with other RAM members and also professors. This is a great way to learn what you want to do in your future. Trust me it's definitely worth it."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Angelique Roberson

Angelique Roberson.

Research Experience 1

Project Focus: The Effect of Immigrant or Ethnic Owned Businesses in the Market Economy

Experience Type: Off-/On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Melixa Abad-Izquierdo
Location: Farmingdale State College and Brentwood, NY

The Experience: "This research takes a look at how immigrant or ethnic owned businesses become established faster and are more successful in certain communities, such as Brentwood, NY. With the help of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, I collected qualitative data from interviews with the business owners. The knowledge gained from this data will help identify successful methods or techniques used in these businesses. I presented this proposal at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) and I plan on continuing this project throughout my senior year."

The Benefit: "One of the most beneficial things about my experience was networking. I learned to reach out to people and talk to them. I've made connections with Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and other members in the community. Not only that, but the feedback and encouragement I received at SURC from strangers made me realize the impact research can truly have. This experience has been a bit personal since I chose a community and a topic that closely relates to my community and the environment I grew up in. It has encouraged me to appreciate where I live and see my community, along with other low-income communities, through a different perspective."

Words of Wisdom: "When hearing the word 'research,' you automatically start thinking of all the work that goes into it. While it is hard work and it does require dedication, it is worth it. I never thought I would do research, nor did I think I would pursue it outside my RAM 201 class; but all it takes is that one moment where you find something you are passionate about, because that passion gives you the motivation you need to go further. Also, remember that you are not alone in anything you do. There is always someone that will be there to help you when you need them, from counselors to students. Don't be afraid to ask for help, because we all need some from time to time."


Research Experience 2

Project Focus: The Effect of Mentorship for Young Women on Long Island

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Barbara Beatus-Vegh
Location: Girls, Inc. of Long Island

The Experience: "I worked with Girls Inc. for two semesters, as a researcher and an intern. With the help of RAM Scholar, Malasher Johnson, I created and implemented focus groups and survey instruments. By doing this, I determined how effective the mentorship curriculum was for girls in elementary through high school who participated in mentorship opportunities offered by Girls, Inc. From the results, we enhanced the curriculum to continue to ensure the success of the program mentees as they advance in their personal, professional, and academic journey.

The Benefit: "This was my first experience conducting any research, and it was from this project that I discovered my interest and enjoyment for research in general. Most importantly, it helped me discover and solidify my passion for social justice, specifically in immigrant rights. I say this very often, but out of the many beneficial things I have learned from this experience, like effective organizational and communication skills, I learned the true importance of networking! It an important skill and asset, that can help you pave pathways and open doors."

Words of Wisdom: "When I was first introduced into the RAM program and saw that I had to do research, I immediately tried to think of ways I could get out of it and had an immediate dislike for it, like many of us. However, when I took RAM 201, I discovered a topic I was passionate about. My advice to those preparing for research is: go into research with an open mind. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box and run with an idea, even if it is a small one, because that idea just might become a new policy, a new medical treatment, a new theory taught in classrooms, or even an article read by a student looking for inspiration for their own research."

Business Management

Emily Rodier

Emily Rodier.

Project Focus: Clinical trial research assistant

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience in veterinary medicine
Location: Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY

The Experience: "Under the guidance of the surgeons at Long Island veterinary specialists, I assisted in the data upkeep of a clinical trial on tracheal stenting in small breed dogs. I kept an organized chart of all the scope dates, medication types, control group information, and variables pertaining to the clinical trial. I presented the chart to the doctor who then presented our information to a statistician to review our work. I kept everything organized to help ease the doctors' case load and allow them to focus on the medicine. Although I am finished with my hours, I am continuing work on the clinical trial to see the end."

The Benefit: "I learned the ins and outs of constructing a clinical trial as an aspect for applications for veterinary boards. I also learned how difficult it is to actually maintain a trial and how a lot more goes into it than just medicine. This taught me how to maintain and collect literature and present it in a credible way in a research setting and how to cite it properly. I learned how to deal with clients and owners in a way I never thought possible and most importantly I learned how much I love this field."

Words of Wisdom: "Find something that not only interest you but something that you'll have to do in the future. Doing it the first time and seeing it from an inside perspective under the guidance of an expert is a really great way to learn and prepare. You'll realize you had a lot of questions you never even knew to think of and you'll have a bunch of experts right there to guide you on the best path."

Bioscience

Joshua Roozrokh

Joshua Roozrokh.

Project Focus: Development of a deep web crawler

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in deep web technology
Research Mentors: Dr. Jun Yuan (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Designed a Deep Web crawler to aid the search of websites that can be found on the deep web. We designed the web crawler using the Python Programming language. I worked with one other student from Farmingdale. Our crawler was successful in finding 'low-hanging' websites on the deep web. Our team presented our research at Farmingdale State College's Student Research Day."

The Benefit: "I learned how to break complex problems into simple components. This is key when taking on research projects in which you have little background knowledge."

Words of Wisdom: "Do not be afraid to fail. Failing is a part of research. The only way to learn about certain phenomena is through failure, and learning from your mistakes."

Computer Programming & Information Systems

Marissa Shiwbalak

Marissa Shiwbalak.

Project Focus: Analyzed sepsis mice and how their cognitive functions are impaired due to sepsis

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Patricio Huerta
Location: Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I worked with a graduate student, Josh Strohl, in Dr. Huerta's lab. He taught me how to handle and conduct experiments on mice. I watched over surgeries and I also learned how to build 3-D drives which were then implanted into the mouse's brain. Using these implants, we tracked the mice in an experiment. I conducted behavioral experiments which allowed me to analyze how sepsis affects these animals."

The Benefit: "One benefit of this experience is that I now have a network of amazing people. I worked with a graduate student and built a connection to him and Dr. Huerta. This can help me in the long-term because I know if I ever need a recommendation, they will certainly be glad to provide one for me. I originally wanted to just go to medical school, but now that I have had this experience, it has opened my mind to pursuing a MD/PhD program."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to reach out to the RAM counselors. Not only did they sit down and help me build my resume, they also wrote recommendations for me when I was applying to my internship. Also, don't wait until your senior year to decide you want to begin an internship. The more experience you have, the better."

Bioscience

Liya Simon

Liya Simon.

Project Focus: Development of a selection system to identify chloroplast regulatory genes

Experience Type: Off/On-Campus Research Experience in molecular biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Kerry Lutz (FSC) & Dr. Pal Maliga (Rutgers)
Location: Farmingdale State College & Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ

The Experience: "I was privileged enough to work on a molecular project under the direct supervision of a PhD candidate Lisa LaManna and my mentor Dr. Pal Maliga at Rutgers University during the summer of 2018. The goal of project was to regenerate Brassica napus (rapeseed model plant) from tissue culture using the best protocol to perform chloroplast transformation. It was a time-consuming project and even though we only had a limited amount of time, our teamwork approach gave us the desired results. Initially, I researched 5 effective tissue regeneration protocols from the literature and applied them to identify the best medium for Brassica napus to regenerate. The differences between each of the protocols were just the vitamins that we used and the duration of the explants on the plate. My tasks included making B5 basal media, adding the vitamins and hormones, pouring plates, keeping track of the leaf transferring dates and transferring them by cutting it into smaller pieces each time. We almost had over 500 plates for all the trial that we performed. According to the results, we found out that Akasaka mod 1 was the best medium because comparably, we were able to obtain a good number of shoots as well as it did not expand into a billion number of plates like the other protocols. Thus, our lab successfully figured out the cheapest and most convenient protocol for Brassica napus to regenerate and I got the honor to do a mini symposium (power point presentation) and another symposium (poster presentation) at Rutgers University in front of a large audience."

The Benefit: "Even though I was excited to do the research with Dr. Pal Maliga and Lisa, whom I've known for almost a year, the thought of living far away from my family and hometown was overwhelming. But I knew it had to happen, and now if someone were to ask me a moment I could relive in my life, that would be the summer of 2018. Rutgers and the whole research crew including my lab members and friends from different parts of the world had a huge and positive impact on me. I was able to get out of my comfort zone which changed my whole perspective on life and taught me to be independent. I am grateful to them for their guidance and support they have given me throughout this project. This experience has helped me develop professional skills and expand my lab techniques and realize what I need to continue to grow as a student."

Words of Wisdom: "Living far away from friends and family is hard. However, my first advice to the students who are preparing to do research is to never let that fear be the deciding factor when you are thinking of interning. After you experience it, you will catch yourself entirely loving it. There are a lot of things you can learn from interning out of state/abroad and it can also help you strengthen your resume, which is what you should be aiming for. You will have the opportunity to meet a lot of people that can teach you everything you need to know about a career path and will prepare you for the real world. It's by taking these chances that you get the most out of your life and career. So rather than letting the prospect scare you like it used to be for me, start embracing it and always remember, you need experience to get experience."

Bioscience

Heamily Singh

Heamily Singh.

Project Focus: Perceptions of personality through Instagram profiles

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in personality perception on social media
Research Mentor: Dr. Sayeed Islam (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I am working with Dr. Islam on a research idea I proposed in my RAM 201 course. I was responsible for reading many related research articles, planning out how I want to conduct my research, what profiles I want to focus on, creating a survey using Qualtrics, and getting IRB approval to conduct my research. Currently, I am in the process of collecting data. I have already had the opportunity to present my research proposal at the SUNY Applied Learning Conference in Tarrytown, NY. I have future presentations planned to disseminate my research."

The Benefit: "I have learned to appreciate research, understand that research is not scary, and that research is another format for learning. Research is something that takes a lot time and commitment. I know that my involvement in conducting my own research with the guidance of Dr. Islam will most definitely help me get into graduate school because not many students have the opportunity to say 'Yes, I conducted my own research while acquiring my undergraduate degree.'"

Words of Wisdom: "Research seems scary and long. However, if you break up the research into manageable chucks with a time frame you can work with, then you can do it. A big plus side is when you find a topic that interests you, research will become intriguing because you will constantly discover new things along the entire journey."

Applied Psychology

Deanna Smith

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Project Focus: Assistance with Data Metrics for the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC)

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Cheryl Brancato
Location: NYU Winthrop Hospital

The Experience: "The research study focused on the use of the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC) and the refinement of breast cancer patient care. I analyzed pathology reports pertaining to breast cancer patients and reviewed the results with an on-site supervisor. I was responsible for each patient file. I analyzed data concerning 9 out of the 31 total pathology quality measures. The results of this study have the potential to inform individuals about the standards of care for breast cancer patients and encourage more hospitals to follow the NQMBC guidelines. The data was also used by NYU Winthrop to gain a NQMBC quality of patient care certification for that year."

The Benefit: "Seeing professionals in their element keeps me motivated to pursue my dreams of a career in the medical field. I received amazing advice and recommendations that will help me in the future. This experience was completely out of my comfort zone, but it forced me to overcome that. Now I feel more confident and accomplished in my abilities."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't be afraid to speak up and provide your input. At your internship or research placement, you may feel nervous about getting the work done and interacting with workplace professionals. I know I was. But don't let that deter you from getting to know everyone. Not only will speaking up impress you supervisor, but you can also gain some valuable insight about the job and workplace relationships. You should ask questions and give input to standout. You never know if this could lead to a future job opportunity, recommendations, or, at the very least, some great advice."

Science, Technology, and Society

Owen Tam

Owen Tam.

Project Focus: How to help buildings save money and use efficient energy

Experience Type: Internship in energy efficiency
Research Mentor: Tom McGovern
Location: CUNY Building Performance Lab, District 2030, & Geatain, New York, NY

The Experience: "I was an intern for Geatain and the NY 2030 district. My responsibilities were to enter information on Energystar that they provided for me to see how much energy was being saved. I determined how to use Energystar more effectively and how to research information about smart buildings and electricity. I also had the opportunity to go to apartments, take photos, and take notes requires for the projects. I am still researching more information about these topics at the moment."

The Benefit: "This experience benefited me because I made many new connections. Making connections has given me a better chance at getting a job in the future and in my field of study. This internship also allowed me to explore how my major is going to be in the future. Overall, this experience helped me transform into a more responsible, hardworking scholar."

Words of Wisdom: "Don't back out on these opportunities. These are one of the benefits that you should be thankful for in this program. Do your tasks and be responsible. Try to make as many friends and connections as you can in the RAM program."

Electrical Engineering Technology

Keon Thomas

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Project Focus: Communications Intern for the RAM Program

Experience Type: On-campus internship experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Lisa M. Cullington
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "In this internship, I conducted interviews, emailed professors, and completed mail merges for RAM Program communications."

The Benefit: "It helped me realize how much work is actually done before things take effect."

Words of Wisdom: "Take your time and do not rush greatness."

Professional Communications

Brianna Hunter

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Project Focus: Research assistant in developing evidence-based programming

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Melissa Ferrante and Jessica St. Germain
Location: The Crime Victim's Center

The Experience: "I conducted extensive research on evidence-based and evidence-informed practices. I worked independently and asked for help when I needed it. I identified the steps necessary to move a program from using evidence-informed to evidence-based practices. I participated in a few presentations and consulted with my mentor as needed."

The Benefit: "While interning here for a short time, I realized that instead of being a child psychologist, I want to become a licensed social worker. I was able to sit in on meetings and a mentor was presenting information about racial discrimination in our society. I learned a great deal of information that I could apply to my future goals as becoming a licensed social worker one day. Due to my experience, I decided that I want to attend graduate school at John Jay to pursue a master's degree in forensic mental health counseling."

Words of Wisdom: "If you want to pursue a degree in social work, I recommend that you intern here as it is such a great eye-opener. Also, you should take a research class like research methods because it is such a great help if you have a difficult time when it comes to conducting research."

Applied Psychology

Nohelia Vargas

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Project Focus: Research on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Jennifer Polo
Location: North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I was part of the research team that worked on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Study. We recruited 230 patients with COPD to participate in the study. The participants received help and equipment to do the study's exercises and participated in monthly surveys and calls with the research team."

The Benefit: "I learned to use various programs and a software that contained all the patients' information. I learned about COPD disease. I learned to communicate properly with the patients. The research team were friendly and helpful to me. I felt very comfortable working with them. I was able to see the hospital environment as health worker instead of a patient.

Words of Wisdom: "Any experience, anywhere will help you in one way or another in life. Take advantage of it."

Science, Technology, and Society

Hannah Ventaloro

Hannah Ventaloro.

Project Focus: Police brutality in the LGBTQ+ Community

Experience Type: On-campus research experience in police-community relations
Research Mentor: Dr. Clare Forstie (FSC)
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "Dr. Clare Forstie and I did intensive research on the impact of police brutality on the LGBTQ+ community. We saw how the rate of violence went up when police would deal with people in the LGBTQ+ community. I wrote a 15-page literature review using multiple sources. Dr. Clare Forstie helped edit this review. We plan on using the information collected to publish a 2-3 page policy brief about how trans* folks are specifically targeted and marginalized in a police setting."

The Benefit: "I had so much fun with Dr. Forstie talking about what we need to fix in this world and how the knowledge we gather is truly an intense power. The knowledge you gather working with a professor isn't something that you do every day and I've made a really close friend that I will remember when I think back on my days at Farmingdale. Although it was a lot of hard work, I am so proud of my work with Dr. Forstie."

Words of Wisdom: "Doing this class can either be painful or you can make it fun. Do something you love and it won't be tedious. Yes, it is hard work, but you can do it. I recommend managing your time and credits carefully. I took 19 credits while conducting this research and it was very stressful. I had the potential to make my report stronger, but because I had so much coursework, it wasn't as strong as I had hoped it would be."

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Technology

Manuela Villada

Manuela Villada.

Project Focus: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Experience Type: Off-campus research experience in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Location: Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

The Experience: "I worked on a research study on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at Northwell Health. I learned that it takes a lot to form a research study. It was very nice to see that while people were being studied, they were being helped with their condition in order to hopefully be able to help society with a new form of treatment."

The Benefit: "My love for science grew and my desire to help people strengthened. It also helped me change my career path in the medical field. I previously wanted to be a nurse but I learned that there is so much more to be done. I would love to coordinate projects and be on the back end."

Words of Wisdom: "To every RAM student, I would recommend taking the opportunity to do an internship in their career field. Gaining experience and making connections will always benefit you in the future. From the internship you will be able to conclude if you are really cut out for the industry or job. You will be living out everything that was learned during RAM classes about research and you will see how everything you learn is put into place and used. Being hands on and working on a project and contributing to society is very satisfying."

Science, Technology, and Society

David Wan

David Wan.

Project Focus: A numerical study of coherent radiation from an induced plasma dipole oscillation created by two detuned lasers.

Experience Type: Off-/On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Dr. Paulo Castillo and Kwang Min Yu
Location: Farmingdale State College and Brookhaven National Lab, NY

The Experience: "I worked with a partner to run simulations from a code created by my mentor to then analyze the physical theory and to help develop programs to better analyze the simulation data. Our actions helped refine the simulation code. A poster presentation was given at the end of the internship. Additionally, a paper using data collected from our simulations is in the process of being published. I am continuing this project by running simulations for the researcher to analyze."

The Benefit: "This experience has provided a deeper insight into coding and particle physics. I was able to meet like-minded individuals from universities from across the county. Additionally, this internship provided me a graduate level experience that has given me a better understanding of how research would be conducted within a graduate school. Overall, this experience has helped me gain a new perspective on my current career path."

Words of Wisdom: "Always do the best that you can do and don't worry too much about any set-backs you may face. Everything you do is something that you can learn from."

Computer Engineering Technology

Talha Zia

Talha Zia.

Project Focus: To see if and how blockchain technology can be used to secure electronic medical records.

Experience Type: On-campus research experience
Research Mentor: Professor Mihaela Radu
Location: Farmingdale State College

The Experience: "I learned a new coding language and data basing. I intend to complete the research and create a presentable and easy to understand PowerPoint presentation to help beginners understand what we were doing. Through the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), we were able to intrigue other colleges, like SUNY Stony Brook, about our project and to join in on the research."

The Benefit: "It has been a great experience that has benefited me a lot because now I'm an active IEEE member, and I have been acquainted with wonderful people who have many connections. I learned new skills that will definitely help me in the workforce. This experience also gives me a head start on my senior year project."

Words of Wisdom: "Even if you decide to sign up or ask about an internship late, you should still ask about it because it never hurts to ask. All of the RAM counselors are very helpful and look for what is best for us and will try to find the best fit for us in terms of research and internships."

Computer Engineering Technology

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