Browsing: Student Spotlight

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…

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…

After winning the NASA Fame Lab science communication competition in 2014, Pharmacology Postdoc Lyl Tomlinson (’17) will now make an even broader impact as one of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) newest science policy fellows in Washington, DC. The premiere science policy fellowship in the U.S., the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program brings PhD-level scientists and engineers to Washington for an exciting crash course in policy making from the front lines. Tomlinson’s one-year fellowship will place him in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director, where he will contribute to NIH-wide…

As the daughter of a civil engineer and medical doctor, Amna Haider ’18 was exposed to a barrage of ideas and information early on and learned to ask big questions. She wanted to know how things worked. She wondered why it was dangerous for some objects to come into contact with an electric current but not others. So she built a simple light bulb circuit, tested different materials and recorded her findings. It was that curiosity that helped her win first place in a science fair when she was in third grade. Years later, as a biomedical engineering major at…

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…

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