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John Marburger III Fellowship for Science, Engineering & Mathematics

An endowment made in the memory of Dr. John H. Marburger, III, former president of Stony Brook University, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, science advisor to President George W. Bush, and Vice President for Research at Stony Brook, provides funding support for women undertaking advanced graduate study in the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics.

One award, in the amount of $5,000, will be granted. Each graduate program in the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics may nominate one (1) candidate who has advanced to candidacy. Each nomination must be made by the student's Graduate Program Director (GPD).

Nominations should include:

  • A completed  Google Nomination Form.
  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director (GPD).  If there is a conflict, the Department Chair can provide this  nomination letter in lieu of the GPD.
  • A short summary of the nominee's status as a graduate student. This should include the date of admission, year of study, date of advancement to candidacy, and expected date of completion of the doctoral degree.
  • Dissertation abstract, or similar summary of the project. This should be geared toward a general audience. 
  • Letters of support from (1) the student's advisor, (2) Department Chair, and (3) another program faculty member.
  • The student's C.V.

The nomination deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021, at 5:00 pm. 

Eligible students will be expecting to graduate the December of the year of the award, (i.e. for this year, Dec 2021) or after. Students expecting to graduate for the current Spring or Summer semester are not eligible.

Please note, this fellowship can be paid as either:

  • a bi-weekly, academic year fellowship through Research Foundation payroll. This comes with the option of electing    fellow health insurance benefits. The Research Foundation will issue a letter stating the total amount paid for the year, for your tax purposes.


  • a one-time summer fellowship award payment through the Stony Brook Foundation. Should the summer option be selected, there is no summer fellow health insurance option available. As a result of being processed as an award check, the fellow will receive a 1099 form (for US citizens); or 1042 form subject a maximum of 30% tax withholding (for international students).


Past Recipients

2021: Adelle Molina, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
2020:  Sindhuja Tirumalai Govindarajan, Biomedical Engineering
2019:  Xujia Chen, Mathematics
2018:  Vihitaben Patel, Biomedical Engineering
2017: Shikha Singh, Computer Science
2016: Fang Xu, Chemistry
2015: Melissa Louie, Physics & Astronomy
2014: Madalena Lemos, Physics & Astronomy
2013: Karlin Gilje, Physics & Astronomy