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Scholars 2022 SUNY Chancellor's Award Winners


Josh majors in Biology and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and is being recognized as the top graduating AMS student this year at graduation. He demonstrates his passion for medicine as the alumni chair of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity and serves as Treasurer of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Josh conducts research on crystal complex band structure, emphasizing transient electron conductance changes. Since he was 17, Josh volunteered at his hometown ambulance corps just off campus as an EMT and now serves as a field training officer guiding new members learning to care for their community. He will be attending medical school in August 2022. Josh is a forever fellow in the University Scholars program, having served as a teaching assistant to a SCH 101 section in Fall 2019. He attributes much of his success to the connections and support he found within the Scholars program.


Abdullah is a graduating senior in the University Scholars program majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Cellular and Molecular Engineering, on a pre-medical track. He is involved in a number of clubs on campus such as the Muslim Students Association, BMES, and Watsi, and is the secretary of the BME Honor Society, AEMB. Abdullah is currently working on a cellular and bioinstrumentation project in Dr. Mei Lin Chan’s lab. Over the past year, he worked alongside computer science students to develop an app to streamline the process of COVID-19 ventilator management. Abdullah has also brought his passion for teaching to his time at SBU, serving as a teaching assistant of organic chemistry for three semesters. 



Maya is a journalism and political science double major at Stony Brook University with a passion for race and equality reporting. She has interned for CNN, NBC News and the Council on Foreign Relations. While at school, she is the Managing Editor for The Statesman and the President of the Stony Brook Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SBU-SPJ). As Vice President of SBU-SPJ her junior year, she won the Norman L. Prusslin Educational Program Award for the programs she created for students. She is also Vice President of the Latin American Student Organization, a member of the School of Journalism Student Advisory Board and a University Scholar, in which she was a fellow during her sophomore year helping freshman students. Being a fellow for scholars gave her the opportunity to learn and practice her leadership skills and gain a strong sense of confidence. She also was crowned Stony Brook University Homecoming Royalty for 2021-2022.



Ethan Ertel is an aspiring physician-scientist in University Scholars majoring in biomedical engineering and applied mathematics and statistics. He conducts neural respiratory control research in Dr. Irene Solomon’s lab and studies COVID-19 predictive modelling with Dr. Hassan Arbab. Ethan served as a resident assistant in Roth Community for the past two years, where he promoted a welcoming living environment. Helping others in a classroom setting, Ethan was a teaching assistant for genetic engineering and the organic chemistry series. He is also a medical assistant, on both the tennis and bowling competitive teams, and involved in Jewish life on campus. Ethan also served as a University Scholars Fellow, PAL, Course Review Assistant, and a member of Scholars Council.



Samuel Escobar is a first-generation college student majoring in biology who graduated summa cum laude in December 2021. He was a member of the University Scholars Program, involved in multiple avenues of teaching, research, and leadership and aspires to be a physician and researcher in the future. He participated in developmental biology research with two summers of funded research. He was also an executive board member for a non-profit fundraising organization to fund surgeries. He served as a teaching assistant for various science classes and as a peer educator for how to recognize alcohol overdoses.