Browsing: Student Spotlight

Jamie Sommer, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University, has received a research grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for her work, “Is Bilateral Environmental Aid Effective? A Cross-National Analysis of Forest Loss.” Sommer is one of 20 award winners chosen by the board of trustees from 535 applications. “I am honored to receive the Horowitz Foundation research grant to continue my work on analyzing the effectiveness of bilateral aid at reducing environmental harms cross-nationally,” said Sommer. “This project is part of my larger research narrative, which aims to understand the role of the state…

When Andrew Kumpfbeck signed up for his freshman seminar (LDS 102) on Drug Discovery in spring 2015 with Dr. Joav Prives, he did not foresee the impact this choice would have on his undergraduate career. But after listening to his Pharmacology professor talk about his research on the regulation of surface receptors in muscle cells, Andrew became motivated to inquire about joining his professor’s lab – which he did the summer after his freshman year, and where he has thrived in the research environment. Just recently, Andrew was selected to receive a URECA summer fellowship to support his research in…

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…

Hannah Mieczkowski ’17 discovered psychology in ninth grade when she read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller Blink — a book that suggests that spontaneous decisions may be preferable to well-planned ones. “It was the first time I realized that the scientific method I had practiced in various science classes, such as chemistry and biology, also applied to other subjects with which I connected,” she said. Thus began a fascinating series of research experiences en route to a 4.0 GPA. In Professor Susan Brennan’s Communication Lab, Hannah collected and analyzed data for multiple experiments regarding eye movements, theory of mind and interpersonal deception. In the spring…

Two doctoral students at Stony Brook have embarked on a research mission to bike hundreds of miles to an academic conference in the Midwestern United States. As a way to outflank the carbon footprint of air travel and give meaning to their journey, doctoral students J. Caity Swanson and David Rodriguez are bicycling their way to Detroit, Mich. to attend the 12th biennial conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) later this month. Each expects to discover something about what type of impact travel has on perspective. The conference is the major international conference for interdisciplinary work…

Rebecca Anderson ’17 found her academic calling the hard way — losing her father to lung cancer after a three-year battle, when she was only nine. Less than a decade later, as an undergraduate researcher at Stony Brook, she acquired hands-on experience in the search for less toxic cancer drugs. “I spent a lot of time as a young child in hospitals and doctors’ offices with my family,” Rebecca says. “From then on, I knew I wanted to be a doctor and I have put myself on that path.” In middle school, Rebecca had an affinity for biology, so she…

High-temperature superconductivity offers perfect conveyance of electricity, but it does so at the price of extreme cold and an ever-elusive mechanism. If understood, scientists might push superconductivity into warmer temperatures and radically enhance power grids, consumer electronics, and more—but the puzzle has persisted for more than 30 years. Now, Stony Brook University PhD student and a team of scientists have broken new ground by approaching from a counter-intuitive angle: probing so-called “bad metals” that conduct electricity poorly. The researchers found that “stripes” of electronic charge, which may play a key role in superconductivity, persist across surprisingly high temperatures, shape conductivity,…

There are many incentives to join the military, and serving one’s country is always one of them. But sometimes learning lifetime skills, traveling to exotic locations and finding a new career path are additional reasons cited by enlistees. A pair of Stony Brook students, Ivana Toic and Marquis Cunningham, enlisted in the respective military branches they chose with a combination of these factors in mind. In the process, they not only found out who they were, but also made themselves much more educable while learning self-discipline and time management skills. By the time they enrolled at Stony Brook, they not only…

To discover some of the amazing places our class of 2017 is going, we surveyed some of the 4,292 undergraduates who earned bachelor’s degrees at Stony Brook’s 57th annual commencement on Friday, May 19. Here’s what 20 of our newest graduates shared. From graduate school to global health research, immediate employment to confident entrepreneurship, our 2017 graduates are living out a Stony Brook mantra. If you’re a class of 2017 graduate and want to share your destination, please take our quick five-question survey. Joselin Vargas will continue the ongoing global effort to cure cancer as a Research Fellow at the National…

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…

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