Welcome to the CARSS!

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.

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Meet the Staff

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.

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