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PhD student Qiyuan Wu has received the 2017 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). As the world’s largest scientific society, the ACS awards up to 20 students each year who show promise in research and the potential to make an impact in the field of environmental chemistry. This is Wu’s third award from the ACS, and his achievements highlight the continued excellence in environmental research taking place at Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Qiyuan developed his research projects independently, exhibiting creativity, thoughtfulness and hard work,” said Alexander Orlov, Associate Professor of Materials Science…

College of Arts and Sciences junior Alexandra Zigomalas ’18 is “proud to represent the humanities side of Stony Brook University.” A history/art history double major and writing minor, Alexandra has been honored with a prestigious writing internship with the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is devoted to fostering the liberal ideal in education and encouraging the spirit of critical inquiry. Alexandra was strongly recommended for this internship through Professor Richard Gerrig, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Stony Brook chapter, as well as professors in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. As…

As she completes the finishing touches on her honors thesis, Diana Hernandez remarks: “It’s the first big paper that I’ve ever done like this. And it was a really incredible experience!” On track to graduate with honors in Comparative Literature in May 2017, Diana is completing an honors thesis that focuses on a 1933 work written by Salvadoran author Salarrué called Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Clay), a collection of folktales about the everyday lives of El Savador’s “campesinos” or impoverished farmers. Working under the mentorship of Professor Timothy August of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Diana…

Dennis Sosa, a senior in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), is the recipient of this year’s Kenneth Short Scholarship. He is majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science, is a first-generation college student and part of Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP/AIM). Receiving the Kenneth Short Scholarship has helped Sosa pay for his tuition, which has allowed him more time to focus on his studies. Last year he worked two part-time jobs as a tutor and in dining services to manage expenses. Sosa was also one of only five students from CEAS to be selected as…

At Stony Brook University, Matthew Henninger ’16 took great risks and found big rewards. Matthew, who grew up in Farmingville, only 20 minutes away from the University, moved to Brookfield, Connecticut with his family when he was eight years old. He grew to love the relative seclusion and natural beauty of his new surroundings and vowed he would never return to densely populated central Suffolk County. His academic interests, however, lured him back. “The friends I remained close to on Long Island who attended Stony Brook raved about the immense opportunities and impeccable education they were getting there,” he says. “At…

Joseph Sweeney ’17 loves a good challenge — so much so, that it was a key factor in his decision to attend Stony Brook. “I knew that many of the science courses would be difficult and would push me to my greatest potential,” Joseph says. For Joseph, meeting challenges is a way of life. His personal struggle with diet and weight shaped his career aspirations, leading him on the path to becoming a physician-scientist, specializing in diabetes and obesity. His own research guided him as he gained control over his diet, replacing unhealthful foods with better choices. He added strength training and other forms of exercise,…

Professor Giles and Students Initiate Matching Gift This past May, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduated the first class in its Department of Civil Engineering, with 100% student placement in engineering positions and ongoing studies. Graduates secured positions in some of the highest-profile engineering firms and engineering schools in the country, including: AECOM Turner Construction Arcadis General Dynamics Metropolitan Transit Authority NYS Department of Transportation Cameron Engineering Prime Engineering Fulton Engineering Virginia Tech RPI The Stony Brook Career Center supported the graduates and aggressively recruited civil engineering companies to attend the Career Fair. In an inspiring display of…

Nusnin Akter, a Materials Science and Chemical Engineering graduate student, won the first place poster award for her research, “2D-Zeolite for the Argon Trap,” at the fifth annual Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) Early Career Researcher Symposium, presented by the Association of Students and Postdocs at BNL on December 13. This symposium is a showcase of the pioneering research that is performed by graduate students and postdocs at BNL. Akter is mentored by Stony Brook University Professor Taejin Kim and Brookhaven National Lab’s Jorge Anibal Boscoboinik, “One of the things I dreamed of as I planned for my graduate studies was to…

Lynn Lewis-Bevan ’17 has some advice for freshmen feeling pressured to declare a major — don’t. Lynn, who credits her father with encouraging her to “see the science behind everything,” was introduced to a Jane Goodall documentary in third grade and she was hooked on studying the natural world. Initially, she wanted to become a veterinarian but surrendered that dream because she didn’t want to euthanize animals. She almost gave up her science dreams because she was advised by administrators in her North Carolina high school, who told her that they didn’t see her doing well in science. The reason?…

Philosophy PhD candidate Jessica Sims is not content to remain safely ensconced in the ivory tower. Drawing upon classic works by Aristotle and Heidegger, Jessica addresses pressing contemporary social concerns while also advancing her field. Recently, Jessica was recognized for this innovative research with a 2016-17 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Jessica is working to develop a therapeutic approach that helps victims of domestic violence regain physical and psychological autonomy. Her research explores the nature of human consciousness from a philosophical perspective in order to determine how it can be conditioned by abuse. She develops…

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