Two CSTEP/McNair Scholars Attend Black Doctoral Network Annual Conference
Dasia Alston and Sanaa Speed attended the 11th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in late October. Both scholars are studying biology and conducted research through the Department of Biology and McNair Summer Research program, through which they have presented their work at state and national levels.
The BDN provides opportunities for emerging black scholars to connect with others in their field of study and chosen profession. “The BDN national conference brings together world renowned and emergent scholars and professionals from the social sciences, STEM and humanities and is a resource, a support system, as a space of intellectual exchange, and a place to create connections and develop impactful collaborations,” according to their website.
McNair provides support, professional development, and opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research alongside a dedicated Brockport faculty mentor. Each year, a select number of McNair scholars travel to national conferences for additional professional exposure and networking opportunities. These connections help shape and expand the possibilities of Brockport McNair Scholars as they head to post-baccalaureate study.
Upon her return, Alston commented: “Attending the BDN Conference allowed me to see that it’s possible for people that look like me to pursue higher education.” Alston plans to continue working on her research and attend medical school after graduating as a Biology major with a minor in African American Studies. Speed, also graduating in May, plans to become a Physician’s Assistant.