Browsing: Student Spotlight

“SUNY Undergraduates Shaping New York’s Future: A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol” will be on display in the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany on Tuesday, April 13, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to highlight undergraduate research and creative academic endeavors offered at SUNY campuses across New York State. In all, 32 SUNY campuses will be represented by approximately 100 different scholarly poster sessions. The students representing Stony Brook include Priya Borker, Diana Gonzalez, Kristine Horvat, Kevin Knockenhauer, and Michael Markowitz. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) is sponsoring the students’ travel costs. Faculty mentors from Stony…

As a high school student in Bartlett, Illinois, dance team captain Sarah Shumate never dreamed she’d be choreographing numbers for a dance troupe during her college years—certainly not dances featuring the school’s varsity team mascot. But today the junior health sciences major is putting together high-spirited numbers that include the group’s favorite gyrating, jumping, strutting partner on the field and on the court—Wolfie. So far he’s performed in hits like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” When the group’s former captain, Kaitlyn Cozier, first asked her to try her hand at choreography, Shumate jumped at the…

The North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) has named Stony Brook’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) as the regional School of the Year for 2009-2010 out of the 45 affiliated schools within the New York and New England region. NEACURH has also awarded the title of Outstanding Chapter of the Year to Stony Brook’s National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH): Gina M. Vanacore Chapter for the year of 2009-2010, their second year in a row. These sister organizations are part of a national system known as the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated (NACURH Inc.),…

For Sasha Seroy, the chance to participate in Stony Brook’s Study Abroad/Short-Term Program was a way to get in touch with her maternal lineage. “My mother is Cuban, but I’m not fluent in Spanish,” said Seroy. “Going to Spain was a great way for me to practice my Spanish and learn more about the language.” Seroy took part in the summer study abroad program that paired her with a Spanish family in Alcala, a city roughly a half-hour from Madrid. “I was easily able to immerse myself in the culture just by spending time with my family,” she said. “I learned…

Having worked at the Career Center for more than a year and a half, Systems Administrator Miguel Bernadin, was selected as the winner of the Fall 2009 Traveling Star Award. Sponsored by the Office of Commuter Student Services, the award recognizes the accomplishments of commuter students from various departments around campus who have shown dedication and hard work. Majoring in Computer Engineering in his senior year, Bernadin is responsible for the management, configuration, and maintenance of various technologies managed by the Career Center. Focusing on maintaining PC’s, software application, servers, and networking equipment, he has always handled every issue with…

Ying Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the fifth annual Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship. The Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) sponsors the scholarship, which consists of $1,000 and a plaque to honor the distinguished late Brookhaven Lab scientist for which it is named. Lin began his career at BNL in 1975 as a postdoctoral fellow and advanced to co-lead a research team working with an environmental remediation company to use selected bacteria to convert toxic oil wastes, such as used motor oils,…

The direct sales industry has long been recognized as a proving ground for successful business people in all occupations. It requires hard work, self-discipline, a willingness to accept challenge, and a high degree of personal responsibility. For Stony Brook students looking to earn extra cash and build upon their soft skills, entrepreneurial work provides just that. “Working part-time in an entrepreneurial environment is a great way for students to utilize their skills and develop new ones,” said Karen Clemente, Student Employment Coordinator at the Career Center. “This in turn gives students a chance to explore potential careers while earning cash.” An…

During the Inaugural Celebration of President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., in October, a mini-symposium was held, which marked the official start of the Provost’s Graduate Student Lecture Series. Lectures will take place two times a month for the remainder of the school year. This series seeks to provide an opportunity for graduate students across campus and at associated institutions (e.g., Brookhaven National Laboratory or Cold Spring Harbor) to present their work in a public forum. Secondary goals are to formally recognize excellence in graduate student research; to expand communication among disciplines; to foster a multidisciplinary campus community; and to…

I’m writing to let you know that I will be leaving Stony Brook University because I am relocating. My last day in the Graduate School will be Friday, November 20. Working in the Graduate School/International Services office has been a great learning experience. I would like to thank the Dean, Dr. Lawrence Martin, Dr. Elizabeth Barnum, and Antoinette d’Assomption from International Services, for making my experience such a memorable one. I would especially like to thank Drs. Steven Spector and Benedict Robinson from the English Department for their support during my undergraduate years. Also, Drs. Kenneth Feldman, Marci Lobel, Brenda…

With degrees in both Physical Therapy (PT) and Physician Assistant (PA), two-time Stony Brook graduate Robin Hunter Buskey has received the PA profession’s most prestigious award—Outstanding Physician Assistant of the Year for 2009. Issued by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the award honors a PA who has demonstrated exemplary service to the profession and the community and has furthered the public image of PAs. Buskey, who is senior clinical PA at the Butner Federal Correction Complex in Butner, NC, takes care of the prison’s sickest inmates and has been instrumental in creating and coordinating the facility’s first Diabetic Center…

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