Browsing: Social Mobility

A recent article in the Daily News features Kimberly Alcequiez and Xavier Roberson — both are single mothers who came from foster care. They are also undergraduate students at Stony Brook University living in campus housing with their children. Alcequiez plans to first become a paralegal and then a lawyer or lawmaker, while Roberson wants to become a doctor. The two young women are achieving their goals of attending college through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in which both students are enrolled. EOP helps disadvantaged youth obtain educational opportunities. As stated in…

Kellon Belfon has always loved science, but the wet-lab experience was not for him. Stony Brook University provides an alternative — computational research — and that research takes place at the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology on campus. “Computational research involves using mathematical models to simulate the behavior of atoms,” Kellon said. “We do not necessarily deal with harmful chemicals but instead simulate them.” A PhD student in Stony Brook’s Department of Chemistry, Kellon recently received a prestigious ACM-SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship. With the fellowship comes a $15,000 stipend, ACM membership, a travel grant to attend…

During the summer, Stony Brook’s campus is busy with camps and academic programs for learners of all ages, offering opportunities for community residents to get involved with the University. One of those programs is TechPREP. Launched in 2008, TechPREP is a multi-track program aimed at engaging 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young women from high-needs school districts with technology demonstrations, classroom instruction, and experimental participation. This year’s school districts included Brentwood Union Free School District Middle Schools (including East, West, North), William Floyd Middle School, and William Paca Middle School. To meet increased demand, this week-long program was held twice…

Stony Brook University has been selected as one of 24 colleges and universities receiving grants through the Inclusive Excellence initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Schools were selected from 511 pre-proposals submitted in 2015 through multiple rounds of peer review. Each award is for a total of $1 million to be paid over the five years of the grant. The objectives of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative are: (i) to encourage colleges and universities to increase their capacity for inclusion of all students, especially those students who are from underrepresented groups and/or who come to college via “non-traditional” pathways;…

With a background in biomedical research, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. is keen on evidence-based practices. So naturally, when he learned of an opportunity to attend the G7 University conference in June, sharing discoveries with six other nations, he was intrigued. The event was a follow-up to the 43rd G7 summit, held in May, in which leaders of the seven G7 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) gathered to discuss world affairs. “G7 meetings in the past have been primarily about global financial, economic and trade issues, or international security,”…

In Money magazine’s annual list of the Best Colleges for Your Money, Stony Brook University ranked #54 overall and #32 among public universities in the nation. With the goal of identifying schools that provide the best education at the most reasonable price, Money evaluated 711 schools on 27 factors in three categories — quality of education, affordability and student outcomes. According to Braden J. Hosch, Assistant Vice President of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness, social mobility is the primary reason our ranking jumped significantly from #125 in 2016 to #54 in 2017. The biggest change to this year’s methodology was…

Stony Brook University has received a five-year, $1 million grant to support diversity and inclusion in STEM education. The funding will be used to create faculty learning communities focused on developing inclusive practices in the classroom and laboratory. The grant, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative, is intended to help increase the capacity of higher education institutions to engage students from diverse ethnic, family and economic backgrounds and nontraditional students such as military veterans, to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. “Stony Brook University has an unwavering commitment to diversity – anchored in our strong…

Marianna Savoca, director of the Career Center, spoke to us about the Center’s long-running commitment to excellence and collaborations with partners on and off campus. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT STONY BROOK? In addition to leading a team to accomplish our “Educate-Prepare-Connect” mission, I keep stakeholders informed about market and industry needs, employer feedback on student competitiveness and strategic priorities. Career development is not an office — it’s an ecosystem. It’s my job to make sure that our ecosystem is filled with committed Seawolves and our extended alumni and employer “families.” WHOM DOES THE CAREER CENTER SUPPORT? As the career service…

The summer enrichment program is opening doors to higher education for children from low-income families — and their parents Stony Brook University’s Freedom School will be back in session for the fifth summer next month, and if the past four years are any indication, children from the Longwood and Wyandanch school districts taking part in the program will come to campus eager to jump into the daily activities centered around the program’s perennial theme: “I can make a difference in myself, my family, my community, my country and my world.” About 30 of the 50 children — called scholars in…