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Hannah Mieczkowski ’17 discovered psychology in ninth grade when she read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller Blink — a book that suggests that spontaneous decisions may be preferable to well-planned ones. “It was the first time I realized that the scientific method I had practiced in various science classes, such as chemistry and biology, also applied to other subjects with which I connected,” she said. Thus began a fascinating series of research experiences en route to a 4.0 GPA. In Professor Susan Brennan’s Communication Lab, Hannah collected and analyzed data for multiple experiments regarding eye movements, theory of mind and interpersonal deception. In the spring…

Five Stony Brook students were recently honored with highly competitive scholarships from the U.S. Department of State that will enable them to study, intern, conduct research, and engage in intensive language study overseas during the summer of 2017. Magaline Alcindor ‘17, Michelle Olakkengil ‘17, Andrea Persaud ‘18, and Brittany Wong ‘18 were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. All four will be participating in SBU study abroad programs: Alcindor will be heading to Tanzania, Olakkengil and Persaud to Madagascar, and Wong to Dongguk University in South Korea. These students will be studying a range of topics from global health to…

Seven Stony Brook student researchers earned prestigious fellowships from the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Click here to meet the awardees. The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of more than 13,000 applicants from 449 institutions nationwide. “Stony Brook students, both graduate and undergraduate, have again demonstrated their outstanding potential for cutting-edge research. This year’s seven NSF GRF recipients span a remarkable range of science disciplines, showing the strengths of research activities across the University,” Interim Vice President…

Taylor Brant ’17 has just capped a remarkable undergraduate career with a phenomenal senior year. Over the span of a few short weeks, Taylor, from Shoreham, NY, returned from an Alternative Spring Break Outreach trip to San Marcos, Texas, learned that she will be attending the College of William and Mary to pursue her master of arts in psychology, and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, honoring SUNY students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives. Originally drawn to a STEM curriculum and later to Sustainability Studies, Taylor really found…

Stony Brook Sophomore Mohammed Ali, majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Philosophy and Religious Studies, received the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the Japan Center at Stony Brook University’s (JCSB) 12th Annual Essay Competition sponsored by Canon USA. He was presented with an award certificate, a $3,000 check and a Canon camera at the Award Ceremony held on Saturday, April 22, at the Charles B. Wang Center. Mohammed’s award-winning essay, “Wrong,” is a perceptive reflection of his comprehension of Japanese Buddhism and its answer to the universal question posed to him by his sensei: “What does…

Stony Brook University and one of its most talented students made history on the weekend of April 21-22 as Ju Hyeon Han became the first blind singer to be cast in a leading role in an American conservatory or university opera production. The production was Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, a challenging work undertaken by Stony Brook Opera and staged at the Staller Center Main Stage on April 22 and 23. Ju Hyeon, who is in her fourth year of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree, took on the major role of Female Chorus, which “speaks”…

“Research isn’t about answers; it’s about questions,” says Evelyn Kandov ’17. “Having the chance to try to answer them and figure things out — that’s the exciting part,” she adds. Evelyn’s academic career exemplifies the unique opportunities for hands-on, high-level research available to Stony Brook undergraduates. In January 2016, she Evelyn joined the laboratory of Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet, a Professor of Medicine and Pathology in the SBU School of Medicine. She credits this placement as crucial to her development as a scientist. “What drew me to him the most was his mentorship,” she says. “He is such an amazing mentor.” Evelyn is on track to…

Fifteen undergraduate students from Stony Brook University were recognized with the highest honor bestowed by SUNY — the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence — in a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on April 5. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the awards to a total of 256 students. Students chosen for the Chancellor’s Award have demonstrated that not only are they exceptional students, but they go above and beyond — developing their talents and skills to contribute the best of themselves to their campuses and communities. “It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students…

Helping others is a way of life for Erica Ferer ’17. As a resident assistant and founding member of the Red Watch Band Care Team, she is well-versed in looking after her fellow students. But it wasn’t always that way that way for Erica. She arrived at Stony Brook University anticipating a science-based career as an engineer or researcher, but after taking on a number of leadership roles, she realized that working closely with other people is her strong suit Erica, who hails from West Sayville, NY, cites her role as a University Scholar fellow as instrumental in opening doors and…

BY THOMAS JAMES Alec Simione is a Stony Brook student whose company, Critic Clothing, is rising through the ranks of the streetwear industry. Simione, a senior majoring in business management and marketing, has gone through life always looking for ways to make a name for himself. At the age of six, he took up skateboarding as a hobby and grew up immersed in the skateboarding culture. When he decided he wanted to create a clothing line, he infused his roots of skateboarding, a source of his favorite memories, into the brand. Since the fourth grade, Simione and his friends made…

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