Young Women in Science Program

During the summers, Dr. Musah, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Cooper, is involved in a 'Young Women in Science' program that is held at the Simon's Rock College of Bard in Massachussettes. This is a program designed to encourage young women ranging in age from 13 to 17 to explore careers in science. Among other things, fun and exciting experiments and lectures are delivered to participants, and information is provided on various scientific careers. Dr. Musah also participates locally in providing 'show and tell' experiments to junior and high school students that are designed to demonstrate the wonder of science. If you are interested in having Dr. Musah come to your school, please contact here at

Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established at the University at Albany in October of 1999. One of 150 NcNair programs nationwide, it is funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The program was named after Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair, and expert in laster physics and the second African-American astronout in space. Unfortunately, he was one of the seven crew members killed in the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28th, 1986. After his death, members of the United States Congress designated funding dedicated to the high standard of achievement which Dr. McNair exemplified.

Only 10% of doctoral degrees are held by men and women of color. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. Each summer, the McNair Program accepts students from the University at Albany and neighboring institutions to engage in undergraduate research for seven weeks. Dr. Musah, along with others from the Wadsworth Center and Albany Medical College, serves as a research mentor in this program. Thus, qualified students can conduct summer research with Dr. Musah once admitted into the program. Program benefits include a stipend, career and academic advisement, tutoring and mentoring services, field trips to graduate schools, exposure to faculty and professionals in numerous research fields, graduate school advisement and preparation, and individual counselling throughout the scholar's undergraduate career. For more information on this program, please contact Mr. Marc Carter (Ron McNair Program coordinator) at 518-442-5180.



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