Browsing: Awards and Honors

Ashleigh Lussenden Grad program: Neuroscience Undergrad: BA in Biology (Neuroscience), BA in Psychology (Cognitive Neurosciences), University of Denver Hometown: Denver, CO Advisor: David Talmage and co-advisor Lorna Role How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I feel honored to be awarded this fellowship and excited to join the incredible group of GRFP awardees from the past and present. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? My research centers around the role of Type III Neuregulin 1, a protein which is crucial in neuronal development and subsequent function. Understanding how the brain develops is key…

Matthew Martin Huie
 Grad program: Materials Science, Engineering Undergrad: BS in Chemical Engineering
, SUNY at Buffalo Hometown: Northport, NY Advisor: Esther Takeuchi How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I am honored to be awarded this fellowship. These fellowships are extremely competitive and I was very lucky to be selected. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? I’m currently studying batteries for large scale energy storage to be implemented in the electrical grid. I hope that my work will lead to a more efficient use of energy which will have a tremendous impact on…

Allison Frost Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA, Northwestern University Hometown: Baltimore, MD Advisor: Kristin Bernard How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Amazing! I feel very honored to be recognized along with so many other great scientists! What will you research and how might it benefit the world? In my research, I plan to study how early adversity (such as poverty or maltreatment) influences children’s developmental trajectories through dysregulation of stress response systems (such as the HPA axis). This work will advance our understanding of how stress “gets under the skin” and influences functioning in children, thus providing important…

Megan Finsaas Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, Bethel University Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Advisor: Dan Klein How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Amazing! The more I think about the doors that it can open for me in the future, by allowing me more time for my research and through the opportunities provided by NSF, the more grateful I am to have received the award. It’s also given me more confidence in my research abilities. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? My research is grounded in the differential susceptibility theory, which…

Wilka Carvalho Grad program: Theoretical Neuroscience (intended) Undergrad: BS in Physics, Stony Brook University Hometown: Brooklyn, NY & Northern Potosi, Bolivia Advisor: Axel Drees How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It is an honor to win the NSF GRF. I am excited to pursue graduate study with this fellowship supporting myself and my research. I think the freedom it allows me will make it easier to pursue my interest of applying computer science towards neuroscience. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? I am interested in how the brain parses information in the…

Andrea Bruck Grad program: Chemistry Undergrad: BS in Chemistry, Illinois State University Hometown: Streator, IL Advisor: Esther Takeuchi, Kenneth Takeuchi, Amy Marschilok How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It validates my commitment to my previous research and participation in STEM public outreach, while intensifying my effort to my current projects in battery chemistry. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? My goal at Stony Brook is to remove the current limitations of the lithium ion battery, leading to more efficient use of non-renewable energy sources. What sparked your interest in your research, or…

Jesse Brizzi Grad program: Computer Science Undergrad: BS in Computer Science, University of South Florida Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL Advisor: Dimitris Samaras How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Honored, excited and relieved. This fellowship will open a lot of opportunities for me, and allow me to focus my research on my true interests. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? Computer Vision, Affective Computing and Machine Learning. I want to design computers that can see, and teach them to understand human faces and their expressive states. What sparked your interest in your research,…

Elizabeth Berrigan Grad program: Physics, Astronomy Undergrad: BA in Biochemistry, Physics, Chapman University Hometown: Nashua, NH Advisor: Chris Herzog How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It is a huge relief to be awarded this fellowship. It is very nice to be supported and recognized for so much hard work. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? Every scientist probably has a different idea of what is most fundamental, but mine involves interactions at the quantum level, the nature of space-time and entropy. Despite the predictive power of quantum mechanics, we still lack a…

Initiative will accelerate biomedical discoveries for commercialization The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology a three-year $3 million grant through the SUNY Research Foundation to establish the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH). The grant is part of the NIH’s Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program and one of only three awarded nationwide. It is a collaboration between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory and is designed to help accelerate the translation of biomedical discoveries into new drugs, devices, and diagnostics to improve patient care and enhance health.…

A Stony Brook team of young math mavens placed 13th out of 577 participating institutions in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition held on December 6, 2014. Sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the Putnam Competition is considered the most prestigious university-level math competition in the world. Team members were Weibo Fu, Minh P. Nguyen and Dat Nguyen. Their coach was Ljudmila Kamenova, an instructor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Mathematics. The competition is grueling, Kamenova said, consisting of two 3-hour parts with six problems each, separated by a lunch break. “The problems in this competition are extremely difficult. If the students make…

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