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Luigi Pesce Ibarra, a doctoral candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, shares his experience as an intern. Before departing Long Island for my 2018 summer internship at Stony Brook University’s Office of Federal Relations located off of Capitol Hill, I could not fully imagine the unique experience that awaited me when I stepped off the train at Union Station in Washington, DC. As a STEM PhD student focusing on Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, I have always been interested in federal policy and funding related to scientific research. Working with Stony Brook’s Director of…

“This whole environment, which is one big learning tank to discover more about particle physics, has been one of the most thought–provoking experiences I’ve ever had in my education,” says URECA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities) summer researcher Gregory Matousek ’20. A physics major in the Honors College, Gregory has had the opportunity this summer to participate in full-time immersive research in particle physics. He works under the direction of Dr. Abhay Deshpande and Dr. Nils Feege on a simulation study that explores the feasibility of measuring a heavy quark composite particle called the J/Psi, which is made of Charm and…

First-ever Fulbrights to Norway and South Korea Record Number of Gilman Scholarships Stony Brook University is continuing its tradition of success in nationally competitive fellowship competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of State including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship and the Gilman Scholarship. Milestones include SBU’s first-ever Fulbright awards to Norway and South Korea, as well as an institutional record for the number of Gilman Scholarships received. Fulbright Awards The Fulbright U.S. Student Program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright from Arkansas following World War II. It aims to send talented Americans from all academic…

Stony Brook graduate student researchers in the areas of applied math, anthropological sciences, chemistry, ecology and evolution, and neuroscience, have won the prestigious 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). In addition, three other students were chosen as honorable mentions. The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the country’s science and engineering research workforce by supporting graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-support STEM disciplines. The 2018 fellowship winners include Christopher Giuliano, who graduated this year with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and…

“It’s an amazing experience just to understand how the research process in academia works,” says English major Alexandra Rivera ’19. “[You] understand the process by looking into books that scholars have written, to find out what dissertations are being written, and to discuss with colleagues these materials in depth.” Rivera, a student in the combined BA/MA English Teacher preparation program, is majoring in English with a minor in Japanese Studies. She is working on an honors thesis, Literary Fraudulence in Allegory and Fanfiction through Dante’s Divine Comedy, under the direction of Douglas Pfeiffer and is a participant in the English Honors Program as well…

Some students enter the medical field inspired by television shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy.” Others are called by a personal experience. Such was the case for Alessandra Riccio ’18, who lost her cousin, Kristin Molini, at the age of 25 after a seven-year battle with a gastrointestinal disease that resulted in a five-organ transplant. “I was 10 years old at the time and she was in and out of hospitals and constantly going to the doctor,” said Alessandra. “She was on a J-tube to drain her intestines and I specifically remember a moment when she wanted me in the room…

Three students in the Department of Computer Science have received Catacosinos Fellowships for Excellence in Computer Science. PhD candidates Najmeh Miramirkhani, Prashant Pandey and Syed Billah were each recognized for their hard work and cutting-edge research with a $5,000 grant from the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund. “Historically, the Catacosinos Fellowship Fund has been very supportive of computer science students. I am proud that this carefully selected group of students will benefit from that support,” said Samir Das, chair of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Over time a number of CS students have received Catacosinos funding, and Najmeh Miramirkhani is…

The Stony Brook Entrepreneur Challenge held each spring provides student entrepreneurs with an avenue to win a share of a $50,000 to make their business idea into a viable company. This year five student teams are moving their ideas closer to market and have received significant support from the University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). At the Challenge, students pitch their ideas to a campus panel of experienced venture funders, entrepreneurs and business services professionals. Then they have the opportunity to move on to the Regional and State competitions for additional funding. For 2018, the top three Stony Brook student awards…

Stony Brook University School of Medicine student Jenny Kim is considering becoming an anesthesiologist and would like to research novel non-opioid analgesics for pain. During the 2018-19 academic year, Kim will be involved in pain research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before she returns to Stony Brook the following year to complete her MD program. This opportunity arose as Kim was selected as one of the recipients of the NIH’s 2018-19 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). Kim is among 37 students selected nationwide for the fellowship. The research training program enables students to pause their university studies for…

Like many University Scholars, Abigail Cobb ‘18 assumes multiple roles on campus. Her studious side comes out when she is conducting psychology research, and an artistic side appears when she performs as a soloist with Stony Brook’s only all-female a capella troupe, The Pipettes. And there’s another side — the easygoing public persona she flashes as a barista at the East Campus Starbucks. The challenge of reconciling all these sides may explain why Abigail became a psychology major. She first became interested in the subject when she took an introductory course in her Poughkeepsie, NY, high school and was drawn…

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