Browsing: Student Spotlight

Christin Abraham ’19 is tackling a burning issue. Since his junior year in high school, the Pelham, New York, native has been collaborating with a friend, T.J. Hurd, to improve the fire-resistant properties of household objects. The pair were recently named finalists in The Paradigm Challenge, an annual event created by The Paradigm Project and one of the largest youth innovation competitions in the world. Christin and T.J. were among the top 100 entries from a pool of 50,000 students. Christin, a double major in chemical engineering and applied mathematics and statistics, and his scientist-partner began their collaborative research with…

Their paths into medicine are varied and inspiring – this is the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2020. All 132 incoming students officially began their training with the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on August 14. At the event the students received the physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The students hail from New York State, seven other states, and from around the world. They represent 70 undergraduate schools, have a collective grade point average of 3.70 and an average MCAT score in the 86 percentile. Only 8.3 percent of the…

This summer, Lydia Senatus ‘17 took her passion for international studies, as well as her academic and professional development to another level. She has just returned from a month-long study abroad experience in Wuhan, China, led by Ambassador Harsh Bhasin, visiting professor of political science. The program was organized by both International Academic Programs and the Confucius Institute. Like most students pursuing an overseas academic experience, Lydia was initially concerned about finances. In addition to the funding provided to program participants by the Chinese government, Lydia applied for and received the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is funded…

Mani Kuntal Sen, a Materials Science and Chemical Engineering PhD student from Dr. Tad Koga’s group won the second place poster award at the “14th International Conference on Surface X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SXNS-14),” held from July 10-14 at Stony Brook University. The conference was co-sponsored by SBU and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Sen received the award for his poster on “Block copolymer adsorbed layers on solids.” This award was presented by Dr. Ben Ocko (BNL), the chair of the organizing committee for SXNS-14. Over the last few decades, block copolymer (BCP) thin films have offered a simple and effective route…

Stony Brook University PhD student James Scheuermann won first place in the John R. Cameron Young Investigators Competition held by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The award was presented at the 58th annual AAPM meeting in Washington, DC, July 31 through August 4. The competition is held each year for young investigators, with the top projects presented in a special symposium at the annual meeting. Scheuermann is studying medical physics in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is a research assistant in the Digital Radiological Imagining Laboratory led by Wei Zhao, a professor in the…

Promoting social and economic mobility takes many forms at Stony Brook University. To be sure, programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) were created specifically to help students who are economically disadvantaged, yet there are academic divisions on campus offering initiatives serving that same purpose — even though it is not their primary function. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is one such example. Since its formation in the 1990s, CAS has played a major role in Stony Brook’s growing national and international reputation through its humanities and fine arts, life sciences, physical sciences and…

Jasmine Garani’s research is out of this world. The astronomy and physics double major ’18 was selected from a field of applicants this summer to study exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. Jasmine, who hails from Sharon, Massachusetts, is earning a stipend while working with her mentors, astronomer Franck Marchis and postdoctoral fellow Eric Nielsen, as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the SETI Institute in California’s Silicon Valley. SETI stands for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Nielsen took pictures of stars with the Keck telescope a few years ago and Jasmine is…

Biology Student Finds a Lab That Makes a Difference in Peoples’ Lives Biology major Louis Susca ’16 was looking for a lab with an interpersonal focus. He found it in Stony Brook’s Center For Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, where Founding Director Amy Yopp Sullivan leads a workshop designed to enhance the lives of Parkinson’s patients.  Every week during the academic year, Susca assists as a small group of patients experience the benefits of movement, dance and creative thinking. For Susca, studying neurological science means more than just hitting the books. The workshop has taught him the importance of a…

When Rima Madan joined the Madagascar Study Abroad program the summer after her freshman year, she had yet to discover how that one experience would transform the rest of her undergraduate education. “It was amazing because the rainforest became a classroom,” explains Rima, a Biology and Anthropology double-major in the Honors College. The hands-on learning, the exposure to tropical field biology, and the passion for conservation work she developed, were only part of it. Rima adds: “Research made material from my biology and anthropology classes come to life.” Rima’s Study Abroad experience also gave her the chance to do an…

Haley Wodarczyk ’16 always knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure how best to translate her inclinations into meaningful action.. Her mother had acted as her role model, volunteering for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Big Brothers Big Sisters. But Haley yearned to travel her own path, and Stony Brook showed the way. “It was definitely the right choice for me,” she said. “Going away from home (East Syracuse, New York) and being exposed to such a diverse new environment made me grow tenfold,” said Haley. “The diversity is what I love the most. I’ve learned so much…

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