Browsing: Student Spotlight

Most people still think of drones as weapons. At Stony Brook University, however, researchers and students are pioneering the peaceful use of drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) –  for scientific and humanitarian purposes. They’re deploying these unpiloted flying machines to bring healthcare to remote villages in Africa, to aid in research and discovery in Antarctica and for fun and exploration on campus. Drones are taking Stony Brook research and the University’s commitment to global citizenship to places never before imagined. Helping humanity Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar is isolated, and the journey there is a grueling…

Could the toys we loved as children predict our future careers? Just ask Prabowo Setiawan ‘18, a mechanical engineering major and University Scholar. Setiawan began playing with Lego Bionicles when he was five. Today he is building rockets as a member of the Stony Brook Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This past month the AIAA participated in the NASA student launch competition, which entails building a high-power model rocket launch vehicle. “I was able to put the Bionicles together even an early age,” he said. “My interest in building things has just increased as I…

Mackenzie Deng, a graduating senior receiving his degree in Business Management, developed and implemented College Thursdays, a post-secondary education and preparation program for the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport (BGC). Every Thursday from October 12, 2017 to April 13, 2018, he hosted presentations, workshops and college campus visits for the club with the goal to prepare high school students in an underprivileged area for post-secondary education. While working with Ana Arias, the club’s director of teen services, Mackenzie successfully implemented more than 20 events. “I’ve spoken with some of the staff members at the club, and they stress that…

Stony Brook University honored the largest graduating class in its history, granting degrees to 7,350 of the world’s brightest minds in a May 18 Commencement ceremony at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Class of 2018 joins the ranks of more than 185,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by a vision of a bold new future. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. affirmed his confidence in the graduates and the value of their education in his address to the Class of 2018. “The data shows that employers and graduate schools recognize the value of your degree, and that helps explain why…

In everything that Anastasia Roura pursued, her mother Helena was always there with words of encouragement. “She has been with me every step of the way,” said Anastasia, 24, of her mom, 44. This week, the two of them  will take one more step together, walking side-by-side into Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium as they graduate from Stony Brook University. For Helena, this moment was a long time coming. The Mastic, Long Island woman fell in love with a Navy man as a teenager. They were married and moved to Japan when Helena was just 19. She put her college plans on…

Students spend their college years striving to meet the challenges of the workplace they will someday be entering. But not all students have a grasp of the more pragmatic matters they will no doubt face — from managing student loan debt to purchasing insurance, securing housing and even looking ahead to saving and investing their money. With that in mind, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services teamed up with the Bursar and Student Accounts to organize an event recently at the Student Activities Center Ballroom that was based loosely on a popular board game known as “The Game…

Four student athletes from Stony Brook University have been named recipients of the 2017-18 Scholar Athlete Award by State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. This award recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement. Congratulations, Award Winners! Vince Erdei, Soccer Annika Sisson, Women’s Cross Country Vann Moffett, Men’s Cross Country Courtney Murphy, Lacrosse “It is my pleasure to congratulate our scholar athlete awardees for their achievement in the classroom and on the playing field,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “All of those honored today are committed to excellence in their athletic pursuits, sportsmanship and personal development. They balance a…

Abisha Anaston ‘19 has become an expert in juggling. As a full-time biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Anaston must keep track of homework, labs, exams and enrollment deadlines. Keeping up requires rigorous monitoring of her progress on several different websites. Sometimes managing your education can be complicated. As part of its ongoing commitment to student success and embracing the latest technological advances, Stony Brook University has purchased a license for a personalized smartphone application called Guide to help students stay on track. The response has been tremendous — according to a report from the academic news…

Empowered by his position as a sustainability intern for the Faculty Student Association (FSA), Edward Gallagher ’18 has worked to develop a more efficient, sustainable method to compost food waste at campus dining locations. While FSA currently composts “pre-consumer” food leftovers that no one has bought or taken, resulting in more than 6,000 lbs. of food waste converted into usable compost this semester, a program to compost leftovers that students couldn’t finish was in need of development — and Gallagher was happy to help. In his research, Gallagher came across a composting process called Bokashi, a Japanese term for “fermented…

Alexa Rockwell wanted to learn how to code in high school, but her district didn’t offer any computer science courses. She wanted to compete in the Long Island High School Robotics competition, but her school didn’t have a robotics team. So, by the time she was a senior in high school, she successfully petitioned her school district to add coding classes to the curriculum and founded New Rochelle High School’s first Robotics team. “I just saw it as another opportunity for me to take initiative and get into something,” said Rockwell, now a senior Computer Science major at Stony Brook…

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