The Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS) is a federally funded program that represents a coordinated effort to effect a dramatic enhancement of recruitment and retention of students with Science and Mathematics majors. Our goal is to extend the academic support services offered at the University at Albany to a larger cohort of students with these majors and assist them in achieving their academic goals. CARSS offers a multitude of services geared toward developing academic excellence. The staff is committed to the overall well being and success of its students, strives to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere for all students who use our services, and is free to all participants.
Professor Rabi Ann Musah serves as Director of the CARSS program. She teaches both undergraduate and grad- uate courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, and sub-disciplines of these areas. She has a demonstrated commitment to facilitating student learning and accommodating different learning styles in the classroom. Her research interests are in the areas of medicinal organosulfur natural products, enzymology of C-S lyases and LF synthases in plants, and structure based drug design of small molecules that may have utility in the treatment of HIV-1 infection. She brings to CARSS her experience in teaching, mentoring, acquisition of funding, student advising, networking and management.
Dianne Jester, program coordinator for CARSS, is a former teacher and more recently a program coordinator for a conference center. She contributes to CARSS her extensive organizational and problem solving skills, management and customer-driven experiences and her love of interacting with people of all backgrounds.