Browsing: Student Spotlight

In Spring 2013, a group of Stony Brook University student leaders applied for a $10,000 LIVESTRONG grant and a bid for a Camp Kesem charter. Camp Kesem has a direct and focused vision — to ensure that every child touched by a parent’s cancer is never alone. Stony Brook was selected through a national online voting competition as earning the most votes for schools in the northeast region. Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University was founded in 2013 and supports children in the Long Island community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. In just three short years, Stony Brook Camp…

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…

The Red Watch Band CARE Team visited Comsewogue High School on January 30 and 31 to conduct Red Watch Band trainings. A total of 250 juniors and seniors attended the six training sessions offered over the two-day period. Red Watch Band is a bystander intervention program designed to inform college and high school students of the numerous ways that toxic drinking deaths can be prevented and to promote an atmosphere of respect, responsibility and kindness. The program was created after a Stony Brook Medicine doctor’s son died tragically due to alcohol poisoning, and the campus community felt compelled to create a…

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…

Student teams are invited to create a technology-based platform to promote the Excelsior Scholarship Campaign  As part of his Excelsior Scholarship Campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched “Making College Possible Coding Challenge,” inviting students to create a digital prototype of a mobile app or website that will provide information about the Excelsior Scholarship and share what “making college possible” means for SUNY and CUNY students. Click here to register by the February 13 deadline. As part of the campaign, the Governor will tour SUNY and CUNY campuses in support of his plan to make college tuition free for middle-class families across…

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…

Hard work does not go unrewarded. Five student employees have been chosen to receive Faculty Student Association (FSA) scholarships for the Fall 2016 semester: Ankur Mody, Senior, Technology Systems Management  Amy Nan, Junior, Technology Systems Management  Elena Howe, Sophomore, Psychology  Kylie Campanelli, Senior, Environmental Humanities Tylene Hilarie, Senior, Chemistry  The five scholarships, offered each semester, honor exemplary student employees with a monetary award of $500 each. “I plan to put the money I have been awarded toward my tuition, as I am determined to make the most out of my time at Stony Brook,” said Amy Nan. The scholarship, exclusive to…

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…

Gender-based violence remains a serious concern for students across the globe. As part of Stony Brook’s commitment to fostering gender equality, the university hosted a HeForShe Ideathon in December 2016 for students to brainstorm solutions to end gender-based violence on college campuses. In 2015, Stony Brook joined with UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement as one of 10 University IMPACT Champions committed to taking bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. The Ideathon is one of many ways in which the University has engaged students to talk about the issues and share ideas. At the student-run…

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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