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Honors college student advisory board

The Student Advisory Board consists of a select group of Honors C ollege students that play an integral role in working with Honors College s taff to plan activities and events. Student Advisory Board members are elected annually by their Honors College peers and serve as key points of representation for the student body. Positions include, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and  Cl ass Represe ntatives from each current class.

Below you can read our Student Advisory Board member bios!

  Gaby Zanko

Gaby Zanko

Student Advisory Board President

Class of 2023

Major: Engineering Science

Hometown: Queens, NY

Hi! I'm Gaby, a junior majoring in Engineering Science. I am a proud Polish gal who loves her tea, and learning new languages. Within SBU, aside from being your HCSAB President this year, I'm involved in organizations such as SBYIR, our undergraduate research journal, English Pal, and I'm an RA. Outside of SBU I work as a paralegal. Some of my hobbies include singing and watching old movies. I'm pretty undecided about my career path at the moment, but I've been considering nuclear engineering/nuclear policy, law, and medicine! I really enjoy meeting new people, so please say hi if you see me around :)

  Adrienne Popescu

Adrienne Popescu

Student Advisory Board Vice President

Class of 2023

Major: Applied Math & Statistics

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Hello everyone, my name is Adrienne (or ‘Adri’ for short) and I'm excited to be HCSAB Vice President for the 2021-22 school year! I'm a junior majoring in Applied Math with minors in Environmental Studies & Biology, and after college I hope to pursue environmental medicine/epidemiology. I'm very outdoorsy and love to hike, listen to classic rock, & play violin in my free time. This is my third year on the HCSAB and I'm so excited to see the Honors community bounce back this year. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Please feel free to say hi or email me with questions anytime. :)

  Nicholas Yum

Nicholas Yum

Student Advisory Board Treasurer

Class of 2024

Major: Biology/Economics

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Hi, everyone! My name is Nicholas and I’m your HCSAB Treasurer for the 2021-22 school year! Just a little bit about myself - I grew up on Long Island in Jericho, I hope to pursue a career in medicine, and I’m moderately trilingual (English, Cantonese, and Mandarin). During my second year on the HCSAB, I'm looking forward to a much-awaited year of social enrichment and campus involvement. I’m grateful for the bright, committed community we have in the Honors College and hope to see everyone succeeding in their own ways! I’m excited to see the rest of our event roster play out soon! Best of luck and all the best!

  Grace Armann

Grace Armann

Student Advisory Board Secretary

Class of 2023

Major: Political Science/History

Hometown: East Patchogue, NY

Hello Honors College!! My name is Grace and I am the HCSAB Secretary for the 2021-2022 school year. I’m a junior here at SBU, and I’m double majoring in political science and history with a minor in music. I hope to attend law school and work in either entertainment or environmental law one day. On campus, I intern at the Center for Civic Justice, participate in the SASC ACE Mentor program, and am a member of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. In my free time I love to cook/bake, play violin, hike with my dog, and expand my vinyl record collection. I’m always down to chat about music, marvel movies, and weird history facts! This is my first year on the student advisory board and I am beyond excited to help create some fun and memorable bonding experiences for our wonderful HC students!

  Julia Brandenstein

Julia Brandenstein

Student Advisory Board Senior Class Representative

Class of 2022

Major: Political Science/Psychology

Hometown: Plainview, NY

Hi everyone! My name is Julia Brandenstein and I am very excited to be serving as the Honors College Senior Class Representative for the upcoming year! I am currently a Political Science and Psychology double major with a minor in International Studies. I am lucky to be one of the Undergraduate Coordinators at Stony Brook's Center for Civic Justice, along with being a Success Navigator at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center. I am a member and e-board member of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, which are both parts of our school's vibrant Greek life community. I am excited to serve the Honors College Community by coordinating an incredible year full of events we can all enjoy together!

  Kailyn Fan

Kailyn Fan

Student Advisory Board Junior Class Representative

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY

My name is Kailyn and I'm the Junior Class Representative for the Student Advisory Board this year! I’m a psychology major minoring in journalism and China studies. On campus, I’m involved with the Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) and the President's Council of Student Advisors (COSA). In my free time, I’m either playing the violin or guitar, reading, or riding my bike. The Honors College has played a pivotal role in making me feel right at home at SBU and as Class Representative, I hope to do the same for others. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community of gifted individuals and have honestly met some of the best friends I could ask for here. Feel free to reach out to me about anything related to college- I would love to get to know you better!

  Sooraj Shah

Sooraj Shah

Student Advisory Board Sophomore Class Representative

Class of 2024

Major: Biology/Business

Hometown: Cerritos, CA

My name is Sooraj Shah, and I am the Honors College Sophomore Class Representative for the 2021-2022 year! I am a Biology and Business major on the pre-dental track, a research writer for the SBYIR undergraduate journal, community service coordinator for the pre-dental society, and love to play basketball. Some fun facts about me, I can play the trombone, am a black belt, and have been a dental assistant for almost 9 months.

  Heshwin Singh

Heshwin Singh

Student Advisory Board Freshman Class Representative

Class of 2025

Major: Biology

Hometown: Colonia, NJ

Hello! My name is Heshwin Singh and I’m the HCSAB freshman representative for the Class of 2025. I’m majoring in Biology with a concentration in neuroscience and on the pre-med track! I am also involved with the Undergraduate Student Government and Yang Hall Council. The Honors College experience thus far has provided an enriching community with the opportunity to interact with incredible people and make lasting connections and I look forward to the memories yet to come!