Browsing: Student Spotlight

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…

Sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. This fall Benjamin Utting ’16 will be a graduate student at one of the top universities in the world, University of Cambridge, thanks in large part to Stony Brook’s Study Abroad and Exchange programs. “I think that part of my successful application was due to having studied at University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Archaeology, which is a very prestigious program,” said Benjamin. Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology enjoys an exchange program with UCL, where Benjamin was enrolled from January 2015 to June 2015.…

Crossing borders to find and report stories with global impact, student journalist Hanaa’ Tameez ’16 will travel to Mexico as recipient of the first Marie Colvin Fellowship, awarded through Stony Brook’s School of Journalism in honor of fallen Sunday Times war correspondent Colvin. Tameez, a double major in journalism and Spanish and former editor of the campus newspaper The Statesman, will travel to Mexico City for a 10-week reporting assignment with The Wall Street Journal. “I don’t think I could have asked for a better result after graduation,” Tameez said. The Marie Colvin Fellowship honors the journalistic ideals of acclaimed international correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in…

When biochemistry major and University Scholar Jessica Hundal ’16 heads to Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University this fall, she will be taking with her a wide array of high-level skills that she learned at Stony Brook, bringing her closer to her goal of becoming a well-rounded physician. Jessica took advantage of every opportunity she saw, as each organization she joined, every lab procedure she mastered and each internship she accepted led to another eye-opening experience. The Nesconset, New York, native credited Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology, which she took during the second semester of her freshman…

Human behavior fascinates Dhara Doshi ’16. The psychology major with a minor in biology traces that interest back to her middle school days when one of her classmates exhibited behavior associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, which at the time was just becoming part of a national scientific dialogue. “No one really spoke about it then and I had no idea what it was,” she said. As time went on, Dhara’s curiosity about Asperger’s grew. When she came to Stony Brook, she studied the condition extensively. But the more she researched, the more motivated she became to learn what her former classmate…

“I can’t really imagine my four years at SB without research,” reflects Andrew Seunghyun Lee. “I spent most of my time doing research. And the only reason I did was because I really loved it. Around sophomore year, I was so involved with research that I knew that this was something that I could do for the rest of my life. I just love it.” Andrew will graduate with a B.S. (Honors) in Psychology in August 2016. While at SB, he has been active in 3 different research groups in Psychology, including those of Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung, Dr. Brenda Anderson, and…

As a freshman who lived just 30 minutes from campus, James Vassallo ’17 thought he would experience Stony Brook like a stereotypical commuter student, showing up for class and heading home afterwards. Instead, his dynamic involvement with University life entails  a schedule more demanding than most campus residents. “I had no idea just how much this school would become part of me,” said the Bellport, New York, resident. James joined a variety of clubs and organizations that involved a high degree of volunteerism, and to his surprise, he found the experience addictive. “I became more and more invested in this school and…

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