Browsing: Awards and Honors

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.…

BY JOSEPH KONIG For Kelsea Johnson, the path to success has been all about timing. In 2014, the Delaware native auditioned for the NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” at an open call audition attended by thousands. The producers liked her performance enough to call her back for another round of auditions, but Johnson had a scheduling conflict. “I ended up contacting The Voice and telling them ‘hey, I actually got my acceptance letter to Stony Brook,’” Johnson said. “I think I want to get my degree first and then do music later.” Three years later, Johnson did just that. She…

Jerrold Stein, Dean Emeritus and Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs, was recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation as a 2018 Diamond Honoree for his extensive work at Stony Brook University. The Diamond Honoree Program is both a recognition program and a fundraising activity for ACPA’s goals in furthering the development of student service professionals. The program has generated more than $100,000 since it began in 1999. Previous Diamond Honorees at Stony Brook include Dr. Dallas Bauman, Assistant Vice President for Campus Residences, and the late Dr. Peter Baigent, Vice President for Student Affairs. Stein…

Professor Robert Patro of the Department of Computer Science has received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research proposal, A Comprehensive and Lightweight Framework for Transcriptome Analysis. In layman’s terms, this project focuses on the field of RNA (ribonucleic acid) research and how to analyze sequencing data pertaining to it. In addition to performing various other functions in the cell, RNA acts as a messenger molecule, carrying instructions from DNA and acting as a template for protein synthesis. “As a researcher at an institution focused on developing engineering-driven solutions in medical research, his proposed project supports not only the mission…

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,…

Earlier this March, the Service Awards celebration for employees marking 25 years or more of service to the University was held. More than 170 of the honorees celebrating a milestone from 2017 filled the Student Activities Center Ballroom A with joy and conversation as they reconnected with colleagues and shared memories of their years at Stony Brook. For the first time in its 20-plus year history, the Service Awards recognized six honorees who were celebrating more than 50 years of service, the most ever honored in one year: Fu-Pen Chiang, Mechanical Engineering; Alfred Goldhaber, Physics and Astronomy; Erlend Graf, Physics and…

New York’s U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin has received the National Sea Grant Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant Program for his continued support of this national coastal science association. New York Sea Grant Director and SBU Professor Bill Wise presented the award to him in Washington, DC, on March 7 along with SGA President Jim Hurley. New York Sea Grant is headquartered at Stony Brook University. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness about the state’s marine…

Stony Brook University has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the award recognizes outstanding innovation and accomplishment in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. “Internationalization supports the University’s ethos of excellence. It provides diversity of perspectives and cultures, access to global research opportunities and promotes academic idea exchange, while enhancing the University experience for students, faculty and staff,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is an honor to be recognized by NAFSA…

Stony Brook University will honor Dorothy Lichtenstein at its 19th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala, Wednesday, April 11, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation with special guests and friends of Stony Brook Southampton television journalist Jane Pauley and “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau. Lichtenstein is being recognized for her long-running support of a host of University arts and cultural programs, including the Stony Brook Southampton creative writing and film programs that provide a vibrant incubator for emerging and established writers and filmmakers located on Long Island’s East End and in Manhattan. Since its inception…

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