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Ryan Kawalerski,’19 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Goldwater Scholarship, becoming one of only about 200 such scholars chosen nationwide out of more than 1,200 nominations. Kawalerski is a junior double majoring in Biochemistry, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes promising research leaders in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. The award includes a scholarship intended to help cover academic costs for the scholars based on merit and financial need. Nicole Soder ’19 also received an Honorable Mention in the competition. “This distinction means a great…

On April 10, 15 students from Stony Brook University State University received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. SUNY students, their families, campus presidents, and faculty convened in the Albany Capital Center to congratulate this year’s 249 awardees. “I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students…

Psychology and Sociology alumna Michelle Olakkengil is poised to be an agent of change in the field of global health. Thanks to her impeccable record of academic excellence and leadership at Stony Brook, she now has the backing to take her next steps educationally and professionally. Olakkengil ’17 has been selected for the prestigious Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship. She competed against applicants from across the country and was one of only 10 selected from a pool of 244. Michelle is the first ever recipient of this award from Stony Brook University as well as from the entire SUNY system.…

Stony Brook is the home away from home for 4,685 international students from 110 countries, and we do everything possible to make our students feel welcome and support their success. A wide network of resources helps our international students feel right at home from the very start. View more video testimonials — and find key resources — at the #YouAreWelcome website. #YouAreWelcomeHere is a message of welcome from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. First introduced in November 2016, more than 300 universities and organizations have created videos, websites and social media content using the campaign’s hashtag and concept. In December 2017,…

This summer, Ryan McHugh ’20 will be taking his passion for science and Japanese culture on the road. More specifically, the Biology and Chemistry double major will be heading to Japan as part of the highly selective Amgen Scholars Program at the University of Kyoto. The program provides funding for promising undergraduates to conduct cutting-edge research at one of 17 world-class institutions in the US, Europe and Japan. While Stony Brook students have had strong representation in Amgen programs stateside, Ryan is the first to be selected for this specific opportunity in Japan. Proficiency in Japanese is not required; however,…

Science or the Arts? With the latest degree program announced by the College of Arts and Sciences, students can now focus on both areas of study. The new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology, recently approved by the NY State Department of Education, will be available for Fall 2018 registration in April. The BA in Biology will allow students to complete all the science/math requirements for medical school. It requires fewer science credits than the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology, instead requiring a minor in a non-overlapping, liberal arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The BS is…

Stony Brook University School of Medicine has created a new medical training curriculum that enables students to complete their MD degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The new MD program is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the second one in New York State. Medical schools nationwide are interested in developing optional three-year degree programs for two reasons — such programs would graduate MDs sooner and help fill the national physician shortage more quickly, and the shorter termed program would help reduce significant student debt from tuition costs. The Stony Brook program…

Figuring out what is true in science when researchers are bombarded with information from many different studies is a challenge. A new paper, published in Nature, reveals that the power of meta-analysis in research synthesis over the past 40 years has transformed scientific thinking and research approaches. Meta-analysis has also become invaluable to making advances in many scientific fields, including medicine and ecology. Meta-analysis is the quantitative, scientific synthesis of research results from different studies investigating the same question. Since the approach (and the term) were first introduced in the 1970s, meta-analysis has been used to resolve seemingly contradictory research outcomes, to…

Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming, associate professor of Sociology and Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of a new breed of public intellectuals who are harnessing the power of social media to share their research with a broader audience.  A thought leader and expert on global racism, Dr. Fleming first gained extensive media experience when completing her dissertation fieldwork in France, where she often appeared on international TV and radio to provide commentary on race and politics. More recently, her trenchant and provocative takes on the 2016 US elections made her something of a social media celebrity. Her personal Twitter account now boasts more than 33,000…

John L. Hennessy, Stanford University President Emeritus and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will be inducted into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni in an April 5 ceremony. Hennessy received his PhD ‘77 and MS ‘75 in Computer Science from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “John Hennessy’s pursuit of excellence in higher education, and his passion for the advancement of technology, will impact generations of innovators and educators,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “With this honor, we thank him for his immeasurable contributions…

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