Browsing: Student Spotlight

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…

There will be no price increase on unlimited meal plans for the second academic year in a row. As part of an initiative by the Faculty Student Association (FSA) to keep dining plans affordable without sacrificing quality, the price on unlimited meal plans will stay the same going into the 2018-19 school year. Nearly 60% of students on a resident meal plan have chosen an unlimited meal plan. “Keeping prices static is a welcome way of alleviating some pressure on students’ wallets while giving them the best value for their money,” staid Maryanne Reinhardt, FSA Chief Financial Officer. Unlimited plans…

“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…

Stony Brook University has entered into a beverage partnership with Coca-Cola that will provide more student scholarship opportunities, multi-million dollar sponsorship funding, and a higher level of beverage service. The selection of Coca-Cola as the University’s beverage partner was made after a  competitive bid process, conducted by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). The main goal of the competitive bid was to create a partnership that would deliver increased savings to students, in addition to scholarship opportunities. According to Nadeem Siddiqui, Executive Director of FSA, “Going to college represents a large expense for every student. Our focus was to select a…

In an era when the cost of higher education can stretch family budgets to the breaking point, some students are experimenting with a novel form of assistance: online crowdfunding, boosted by social media. When Pablo Lopez Alonso was accepted by Stony Brook’s PhD program in Linguistics, he received a generous financial package that includes a full tuition waiver and a position as a teaching assistant. But the Cuernavaca, Mexico native soon discovered that the full ride fell short of what he would need for plane and train tickets, first month’s rent, groceries, books, furniture and appliances and University fees. Looking to…

This spring a team of students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, competed in the finals of the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) and presented Roflex — their medical device innovation for stroke patients — and detailed their business model. Approximately 100 teams from 75 universities in New York participated in the competition. The students developed Roflex as a wearable device technology that stroke patients can use at home to monitor and gauge their rehabilitation practices. The device is worn like a watch. The broader…

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…

As millions of viewers watch the Discovery channel’s Shark Week 2018, two Stony Brook researchers are among a team that is determined to protect endangered shark species. A study published in Conservation Letters by lead author Diego Cardeñosa, a Stony Brook University PhD student, reveals that several threatened shark species are still common in the fin trade after being listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). “CITES‐listed Sharks Remain Among the Top Species in the Contemporary Fin Trade” is the first assessment of the species composition of the fin trade after…

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) developed a paid summer internship program to help Stony Brook students gain work experience, develop their skills, make connections, build their resume and learn about a field that they may be interested in pursuing in the future. FSA began offering these internship opportunities in 2014. Paid internships are ideal for students who have to work to support themselves during college. According to Urszula Zalewski, Director of Experiential Education at Stony Brook University’s Career Center, these valuable employment opportunities on campus help to prepare students for life after college. “College students are in a perfect environment to…

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…

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