Liz Luke is a member of OCC’s first-ever class of STEM Scholars. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
Luke is a 2013 graduate of East Syracuse Minoa High School majoring in Mathematics and Science. As a STEM Scholar she receives scholarships up to $5,000 per semester. “The program has been great for me. The financial assistance is very valuable and I’m building a foundation for what I’m going to do after I graduate.”
Luke is planning to take advantage of the College’s “2+2 partnership agreement” with SUNY Upstate Medical University and enroll in its medical biotechnology program. In between now and then she’s working hard in class and doing an internship at Syracuse University’s Biomaterials Institute. “I’m doing research related to cystic fibrosis. I’m learning a lot and finding out how much I like working in a lab.”