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Applied Mathematics and Statistics Students Receive Goldwater Scholarship and Honorable Mention

Applied Mathematics and Statistics Students Receive Goldwater Scholarship and Honorable MentionThe College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proud to announce that Applied Mathematics and Statistics student, Ryan Kawalerski ’19, has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Goldwater Scholarship .  In addition, Nicole Soder, ’19, also an Applied Mathematics and Statistics student with a Music minor, received an Honorable Mention in the competition.

Ryan, a double major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) and Biochemistry, is currently leading a project that aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of Keratin 17, an oncogene that may be contributing to pancreatic cancer aggression. Nicole’s career goal is to earn a PhD in applied mathematics and statistics and pursue a career as a professor and research scientist in scientific computing.

“Ryan is developing the talent and expertise in science and mathematics that make him exceptionally well prepared for cutting edge research in pathology, neurology and virology, while Nicole is pursuing her passion for applied math in research at Brookhaven National Lab and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science,” said Joseph Mitchell, Chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. “They are engaged in those ‘big ideas’ that make us proud to have them in our department, and also serve as role models among their peers and our student base.”

“These are very prestigious awards and high-achieving students like Ryan and Nicole bring pride and recognition to both the College and to Stony Brook,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  “They are are shining examples of the limitless potential in this next generation of innovators, and their research and ambitions define how we bring science fiction to life every day.”

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program , named after the five-term Arizona Senator, is one of most prestigious nationally competitive awards, recognizing promising research leaders in science, mathematics and engineering. Ryan is one of only 211 Scholars named this year, out of 1,280 total nominations received nationally by Goldwater from 455 unique institutions. Awarded annually to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors since 1986, students receive up to $7,500 per academic year, based on merit and the student’s financial needs.

“Stony Brook has a long and proud history with the Goldwater Scholarship competition and we are so pleased that Ryan and Nicole are helping us continue this tradition of excellence,” said Jennifer Green, External Scholarships and Fellowships Advisor. “They are ideal representatives of the creative and innovative contributions that undergraduates make to Stony Brook’s research enterprise.”

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