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In a roundabout way, being an Irish Step Dancer led Heather Monaghan ’19 to Stony Brook University. In 1996, at the height of Riverdance fervor, Heather was only three but her parents introduced her to the discipline on VCR. She would try to mimic the intricate steps of the performers she saw on tape and by age four, her mother thought she was good enough to sign her up to attend the Mulvihill Lynch School of Irish Step Dance in Ronkonkoma. “It was as if a whirlwind swept me up,” Heather says. By the ripe old age of 7 Heather…

Two Stony Brook University students zeroed in on the forces shaping the future of higher education as participants in the SUNYCON 2016 Student Fellows Program Conference in October 2016. Justine Finch Beringer ’17 and Greg Woody ’17, enrolled in the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program, were cited for their outstanding academic careers and extracurricular achievements and awarded SUNYCON fellowships. They are both earning Master of Arts degrees in the program. “When you consider that there are 64 SUNY schools and out of all of them only 17 students were selected for SUNYCON, it’s mind-blowing,” says Justine.  “I almost thought it…

Nusnin Akter, a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, won the Richard J. Kokes Award sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society and administered by the North American Meetings (NAM) organization. The competitive Kokes Award encourages students to attend and participate in the biennial NAM conference, at which Akter will present her work in Denver, Colorado, this June. Nusnin Akter, mentored by Assistant Professor Taejin Kim from Stony Brook and Jorge Anibal Boscoboinik from Brookhaven National Lab, has been investigating heterogeneous catalysts to understand the relationship between molecular/electronic catalyst structure and catalytic activity for the…

Extending Stony Brook University’s commitment to global gender equality, an SBU delegation shared experience and vision with leaders in the education field at SXSWedu, the prestigious annual conference devoted to fostering innovation and learning. In a March 8 presentation anchored by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Stony Brook students and administrators discussed “A Gender Lens: Evolving Equality in Education.” The case study highlighted our equality and diversity initiatives, shared the lessons we’ve learned and opened the floor to a discussion about gender and human rights at all levels of education. “I was excited to have this ​unique ​opportunity to share…

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,…

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