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Gervlyne AugusteGervlyne Auguste

Project Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-3838
Fax: 607-777-6595


Gervlyne Auguste currently serves as the program coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program). She brings over 15 years of experience in educational and administrative management. Her academic experiences serve as an important framework that better allows her to understand and identify with a diverse range of students. Gervlyne's familiarities of being a first-generation college student with English as a second language present the main ideals that are the backbone of her educational philosophy. As a project coordinator, her primary mission is to help students navigate successfully through their academic careers while exploring their educational and career options. Her immediate responsibility is to prepare students to be self-sufficient and life-long learners. Her obligation is to contribute and remain attentive to issues pertaining to student services and retention. This is especially important when addressing the needs of underrepresented and underserved students.

In her spare time, she serves on several nongovernmental organizations as an advocate for better access to education, youth development and women owned businesses reaching life-long independence.

Gervlyne holds a Masters in Science degree with an Administration and Planning concentration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emmanuel College, Boston. 


Cassandra Wentzel Cassie

Research and Scholarship Advisor 
Phone: 607-777-6594
Cassandra is a Research and Scholarship Advisor with the External Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Center at Binghamton University. She had a dual role by working with the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) program assisting with recruitment and retention with in the program. Cassandra’s experiences with being a first-generation and low income allow her to be more attentive to the needs of the McNair Scholars.
Cassandra has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Human Geography and is completing her Masters of Arts from the University of Delaware in Human Geography. This educational path has opened the door to help assist her students in both spaces with all things research. This includes finding, funding, and sharing research.



Michael Lam 

Graduate Assistant 



Michael was a McNair scholar from 2016-2018. He has recently graduated with a bachelors in Biology, and is attending graduate school at Binghamton University for a Masters in Sustainable Communities. He takes pride in conducting research and helping and learning with and from other McNair scholars. 




Last Updated: 8/21/19