Browsing: Student Spotlight

Stony Brook undergraduates were among a diverse group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who attended the Computational Science Initiative (CSI) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory this past summer. CIS is part of an initiative aimed at enhancing diversity in the field of computer science. “To address challenges in science, we need to bring together the best minds available,” said CSI Director Kerstin Kleese van Dam. “Great talents are rare but can be found among all groups, so we reach out to the broadest talent pools in search of our top researchers at every education level…

“We met in a biology lab course.” This is not a claim you hear many married couples make — unless, perhaps, they’re a pair of Stony Brook med students. While pipettes and petri dishes may not provide a traditional backdrop for romance, other factors helped Monica and Jheison Giraldo find common ground on that fateful day. The Colombian bracelet that Jheison was wearing played a major role. Monica recalls that Jheison was making up a lab during her class time and when she saw the bracelet she immediately let him know she was also from Colombia, “as most Colombians tend to do.”…

For sophomore Lazaro Rivera, hard work begins at home. “Ever since I was a little boy, my mom always taught me the value of hard work.” Lazaro said. “When I was younger, she would actually take me to go work with her to clean houses.” That commitment to hard work was put into action in 2016, when Lazaro’s mother was injured just before he graduated high school. “For like a month, I went to where she would normally clean houses and would clean the houses for her, but then when I left for college, I couldn’t do that anymore.” Once…

Being arrested is not something most people would list on a résumé. Yet doing just that yielded a positive result for Paula Pecorella ’18. As the managing editor of her West Islip High School newspaper, Paw Prints, she and feature editor Nicholas Krauss spent time in the slammer, and in court, in 2013 while trying to conduct an investigative journalism piece for an article on school security following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Their plight was covered by The New York Times. When Bruce Stasiuk, a workshop leader for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University,…

Stony Brook University hosted its annual 9/11 Blood Drive on Monday, September 11, 2017. Donors came out in droves and 389 pints of blood were donated during the event, which exceeded the University’s goal of 300, making this the second best 9/11 drive ever, behind only 2013 (392 donations). Every pint collected has the potential to save three lives, which in this case totals 1167. The continued success of such events is made possible by the Stony Brook University Blood Drive Committee (SBUSBDC), which comprises students who donate and/or volunteer their time at blood drives. Volunteers are an essential part…

A recent article in the Daily News features Kimberly Alcequiez and Xavier Roberson — both are single mothers who came from foster care. They are also undergraduate students at Stony Brook University living in campus housing with their children. Alcequiez plans to first become a paralegal and then a lawyer or lawmaker, while Roberson wants to become a doctor. The two young women are achieving their goals of attending college through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in which both students are enrolled. EOP helps disadvantaged youth obtain educational opportunities. As stated in…

“For most of my life, I could never watch scary movies; I’ve always hated them,” says undergraduate researcher Ashley Barry ’18.  “I think it’s so funny that I ended up actually choosing this area to work on for my project.” Ashley, a double major in English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a participant in the 2017 URECA summer research program., has spent the summer watching scary movies, reading theory, and immersing herself in scholarly research for her senior thesis project on: “Feminine Fear: Affect Theory and Horror Films in the Twenty-first Century.” The project developed out of a paper Ashley wrote for…

When Dominique Spiegowski ’18 got the opportunity to do hands-on chemistry research, she made the most of it. Last summer, she commuted nearly 2 hours each way from Ridgewood, Queens, just so that she could put in the hours necessary to advance her project:  optimizing the synthesis of hydroxyl amines for use in photoredox reactions to yield various perfluoroalkoxylated heteroarenes. When Dominique learned that she had been accepted to the 2017 URECA summer program and would be able to devote herself to research full-time, she was thrilled. A biology major with a minor in chemistry, Dominique first contacted Prof. Ming-Yu Ngai…

It’s the little things that matter to Bilal Haider ’17 — little things that could potentially lead to big ideas that could in turn change the face of medical research. Bilal, a Biomedical Engineering major at Stony Brook, is off to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on nanotechnology at Tufts University this fall. Working in Balaji Sitharaman’s Stony Brook laboratory with graduate student Drasti Kanakia, the pair wanted to see whether graphene nanoribbons and nanoplatelets could deliver genetic material to neural cells to potentially treat Alzheimer’s disease. But their preliminary steps involved delivering these structures…

Stony Brook University’s own radio station, WUSB 90.1FM, celebrated 40 consecutive years on the air last month, looking back on a rich history of entertainment, news and public service. WUSB has been staffed by over 2,000 volunteers since its first sign-on, remaining a voice in the campus community while playing acclaimed artists and inviting newsmakers, public figures and educators to participate in live broadcasts. “For forty years, WUSB has been a source of continuous programming and served as a leader in college radio,” said Jeff Barnett, Stony Brook’s Interim Associate Dean of Students. The university hosted an award ceremony and anniversary brunch…

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