Osceola Campus Grad Highlighted for Summer Research

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Cassius Winchester, a recent Valencia graduate, was showcased for his summer research with the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Cassius participated in both Project SALSA (Success in Agricultural and Life Sciences through Articulation) as well as our LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) program.

Project SALSA, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, aims to create guaranteed transfer pathways for students who are interested in select majors within the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Another goal of the grant is to build awareness of lesser-known fields of study, such as entomology, which was the focus of Cassius’s summer research.

Our LSAMP program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who transfer into a STEM baccalaureate program across an alliance of two-year colleges in Central Florida. LSAMP students are assigned a dedicated STEM advisor and have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research and participate in robust co-curricular programming. Since the program launched in 2014, the number of black and Hispanic students from Valencia College, Lake-Sumter State College and Seminole State College who have transferred into a STEM baccalaureate pathway at the University of Central Florida has increased by 20 percent.

If you know of any students who might be interested in Project SALSA, please contact Melissa Pedone, dean, mathematics, at mpedone@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 4176. If you know of students who may be interested in LSAMP, please contact Eda Davis-Lowe, programs director, STEM, at edavislowe@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 4938.

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