Browsing: Student Spotlight

Among this month’s graduates from Stony Brook School of Medicine are several who took non-traditional paths to the medical field. The graduates, emerging from various walks of life and professions, reflect the diversity and vitality of medical education at SBU. Take recent Stony Brook School of Medicine graduate Erika Blaikie, of Brooklyn. Her change of heart speaks directly to the need to make a difference. Blaikie decided to jump professions when she realized that in her prior job she was merely helping people with money make more money and not contributing anything meaningful to the world. So at age 39, Blaikie started…

Skye Wiegman ’17 is an exceptional scholar — and person. Whether this graduating senior is expressing the pride she feels for her Native American heritage, focusing on her love of languages, opening up about her creativity or ruminating on her passion for making music, Wiegman, 22, moves through life with quiet dignity, learning as she goes. Watch and listen below as she tells her story. And check out her linguistic skills in a second video.

Stony Brook University Career Center, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services celebrated Student Employment Week on April 12 by hosting the Student Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards. This year’s event had a huge increase in student nominations compared to past years, which led to the selection of 10 top students — seven distinction of excellence awardees and three grand prize winners. With almost 5,000 students working in more than 200 departments, these 59 student nominations and 23 supervisor nominations were each extraordinary in their own way. David Ullman from the…

When Stephanie Dick graduates on Friday, May 19, her mother Judith Fischer won’t be sitting in the bleachers, tears of joy streaming down her face. Instead, she’ll be on the same stage, beaming with pride over her daughter’s accomplishment and basking in her own. Both mother and daughter will be accepting the same Master’s degree in social work from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, having walked a similar academic path and helping each other along the way. “I enjoyed having my daughter in the same classes with me,” Fischer said. “Like me, however, Stephanie has an independent streak,…

On a recent morning, School of Journalism graduating senior Kayla Shults and three classmates sat behind the high-tech news desk in Studio B of Stony Brook’s Educational Communications Center, remembering where they’ve come from, what they’ve learned and where they’re going. It was a rare chance for these aspiring journalists to look back on their years at Stony Brook through the lens of the 2017 Roth Regatta, held on Friday, April 28. They did it so as part of a news-style video segment produced by one of their mentors, technical manager Philip Altiere, who was responsible for scheduling workshops, student training…

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team closed the game on a 7-2 run to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history with a 13-9 win over Northwestern Sunday, May 14,  in the NCAA Second Round at LaValle Stadium. With the win – Stony Brook’s 15th-straight victory – the Seawolves improve to 20-1, while the Wildcats close their season at 11-10. The victory marks the first 20-win season in program history for the Seawolves, who went a perfect 11-0 at home this season. The Seawolves will face No. 1 Maryland Saturday at noon in College Park,…

Five Stony Brook University students have been recognized by the Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a highly competitive program that provides funding for American students to conduct research or teach English in over 140 countries overseas. This year’s Fulbright honorees are Rashaun Allen ’17, Jessica Opatich ’17, Tayisha St. Vil ’17, Richard Tomczak ’19 and Jessica Willdigg ’17.  All five honorees are New York natives and represent a diverse array of Stony Brook’s academic programs. The majority will be pursuing mentored research abroad: PhD student Tomczak from History heads to Canada to research mandatory labor in the…

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…

Lea Kenigsberg Major: Mathematics Hometown: Bnei Berak, Israel What is your research focus, and how might your research change the world? My interests lie in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. While I don’t know my research focus yet, and what applications it may have, it is my hope that if I can make it through grad school, and afterwards in the academic world, my story can encourage other mothers and nontraditional students or students from disadvantaged backgrounds that attaining and pursuing a career in mathematics is indeed possible. How does it feel to earn this fellowship, and how will this…

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