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Stony Brook University students graduate with an average of $6,000 less in debt than other public university students do — a remarkable fact considering that 67 percent come from families who make less than $75,000 a year. They bring ambition and a studious mind, but it is scholarships, awards and other aid that make it possible for Stony Brook students to succeed far beyond the expected. Minh Nguyen, Class of 2018, knows the difference a scholarship can make. By his sophomore year on campus, Minh’s teachers were noticing his exceptional talent in mathematics and his potential to influence the field. “He…

At SBU, I was able to pursue my passions both inside and outside of the classroom (Psychology, Media, and Higher Education). That red hot magic was a true team effort. I am so grateful for the warm, inclusive, and welcoming community that thrives on campus and extends far beyond Long Island. Stony Brook believed in me when nobody else did. Our community gave me the support, skills, and confidence to accomplish my dream of reviving the student-run video production club: SBU-TV. Furthermore, these experiences at Stony Brook are what eventually led to my current position in Higher Education and…

Stony Brook staff member Paul Siegel was raised in a bookish family, with many ties to the university.  His father Ron Siegel was an inveterate reader with a private library that encompassed subjects from medieval history, technology, poetry, American, military, and world history, and the natural and physical sciences. He was especially proud of his collection of atlases and a full set of the Oxford English Dictionary. Ron Siegel came to work at Stony Brook early in 1966 and during his tenure he served in a number of roles. He was assistant to the executive vice president, director of Facilities…

School of Medicine welcomes 136 students, largest class in history, at White Coat Ceremony Future physicians took the Hippocratic Oath and donned physician-in-training white coats for the first time at Stony Brook University’s traditional White Coat Ceremony, the 20th annual event held on August 13 at the Student Activities Center. The incoming class of 136 students is the largest in the school’s history. The Class of 2021 is a diverse group with varied backgrounds ranging from Long island natives to international students. While more than one-third of the students are from Long Island, many come from all areas of New…

This edition of Medicine Today highlights a truly transformative moment in the development of Stony Brook Medicine. On Aug. 1, we celebrated Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, giving residents of the East End even greater access to the most advanced medical care, closer to home. Bringing these two institutions together provides new opportunities to train our providers in a community-based setting — in the “real world” outside the boundaries of academia. At the same time, we are bringing Stony Brook Medicine to Southampton, with improved access to leading specialists, groundbreaking research and advanced technology. Also in…

Dear Fellow Graduates and Colleagues, Welcome to the Fall 2017 edition of Medicine Today. The School of Medicine Alumni Board continues to strive to support our medical students and engage alumni. Since the spring, we have welcomed the Class of ’92 back to Stony Brook for their reunion, and joined the Class of ’12 at their 5 year reunion in Manhattan. It was great to hear the paths that everyone has taken since graduating from Stony Brook. Our biggest and most proud day was when we welcomed our largest incoming class of 136 medical students at the White Coat and Distinguished Alumnus…

As a recent graduate of Stony Brook, I often think about the amazing times I had on campus, the lifelong friends I made and the opportunities I had. Much of the success I have had after graduation has been a direct result of these experiences. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to go to college because it is the most effective way to broaden your horizons. I want my gift to help students from all over the world come to Stony Brook University to get their education. One of the strengths that Stony Brook had was the…

A.J. Nagaraj has been named assistant vice president for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Nagaraj will enhance strategic fundraising initiatives that support all aspects of the $600 million comprehensive Campaign for Stony Brook, the largest fundraising effort in SUNY history. To date, more than $553.5 million has been raised from over 43,300 donors. “We’re excited to add A.J. to the advancement team and look forward to the expertise and leadership he’ll bring into this new position,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr, senior vice president of University Advancement, “His knowledge of best practices and…

Janet Bernier, JD ’86, principal at BDO USA, LLP and leader for the northeast region’s State and Local Tax Practice received the Distinguished Alumna Award during the 2017 Department of Political Science Convocation on May 19. “What a time to enter the professional arena,” Bernier said to the graduates. She used her speech to reflect on her career while noting how time and experience can provide an interesting rearview mirror. “(Time) provides an ever-changing lens for you to perceive and interpret the world through,” she said, “Everything I’ve learned that has made me successful today goes back to the professors…

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