LSAMP Events

2019 International Summer STEM Research Program




The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in collaboration with the CSTEP program participated in the 2019 International Summer STEM Research Program. Five students from Dutchess attended the program, which took place in Cartagena, Republic of Colombia, for nine weeks this past summer. Allysia Yanez, Hana Palazzo, Kaila Lasher, Flavio Loja and Paula Cuba (all Dutchess students) attended and were supervised by Adjiwanou Gbagba.The objective was to conduct Environmental Monitoring in select tourist sites. The students studied chemical components in drinking and recreational waters of Cartagena de Indias. The components include: iron, sulfate, phosphate, ammonia, fecal coliforms, nitrate and PH levels. Students tested the effect of different sewage-system types and the quality of drinking water. Soil and water samples were collected at five of the most tourist-visited beaches in different communities of Cartagena de Indias. Students used an Electro spectrometer, which is a specialized, scientific instrument used to separate and measure chemical components. LSAMP/CSTEP students worked side by side with students from the University of Cartagena, Universidad de San Buenaventura and Universidad Technoligico de Bolivar. At the conclusion of the program, a symposium was held where students shared their results through written-research reports, exhibits and Powerpoint presentations.