Browsing: Student Spotlight

Freshman Kelvin Rodriguez participated in InnovateIT, hosted by Stony Brook University iCREATE March 2 through March 3. InnovateIT is a hackathon-style event that offers students the chance to take an idea and build something that makes a difference by designing solutions to real problems. Kelvin shares his personal experience with InnovateIT. InnovateIT, hosted by iCREATE, has changed my life. Now before I get deeper in this, let me introduce myself. My name is Kelvin Rodriguez, and I am a freshman here at Stony Brook University. I was first introduced to the Innovation Lab facility through my ITS 102 class, taught…

Ryan Kawalerski,’19 has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Goldwater Scholarship, becoming one of only about 200 such scholars chosen nationwide out of more than 1,200 nominations. Kawalerski is a junior double majoring in Biochemistry, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes promising research leaders in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. The award includes a scholarship intended to help cover academic costs for the scholars based on merit and financial need. Nicole Soder ’19 also received an Honorable Mention in the competition. “This distinction means a great…

What did you do on your Spring Break? Visit family and friends, catch up on homework, or simply unwind and clear out your DVR? Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) used their week off to altruistically aid those displaced or in need. ASBO is a student-developed, student-run community service organization whose mission is to promote critical thinking, social action and civic engagement for a lifetime by combining education, reflection and direct service on the local, regional, and national levels. ASBO trains and immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect students and community members while enhancing growth, mutual awareness,…

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…

Stony Brook University’s Good Samaritan Policy encourages students to call for help for themselves or others in regard to alcohol or drug related emergencies. The policy represents a change in the student conduct code, wherein the student who requires assistance, as well as the bystander that called for help, may not be subject to disciplinary action for violations of the alcohol or drug policies. “Research suggests that students are somewhat hesitant to call for help in fear of “getting in trouble,” whether it be that they are going to face judicial ramifications or fear of suspension,” said Marisa Bisiani, Assistant…

Ten students from the Catholic Campus Ministry Center at Stony Brook University travelled to Wyoming County in West Virginia for a Spring Break Mission Trip March 10-17. A part of the Appalachia region, Wyoming County is a rural area of more than 500 square miles. Over 30% of households in the County have an annual income of less than $20,000 and less than 9% of residents have a college degree. Joanne Buonocore, the Center’s Minister, led the students to the location and managed a partnership with Appalachia Service Project, whose goal is to repair and rebuild substandard housing in Central…

Stony Brook University’s Tanzania Study Abroad program recently won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Innovative Study Abroad Program for 2017–2018.  The award will help fund this summer’s trip to the eastern African nation, to be led by Kamazima Lwiza, director of the undergraduate programs in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and Thomas Bilfinger, MD, ScD, professor of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital. Faculty members from both sides of campus are working together to send students abroad on the academic program. “My trip to Tanzania was life changing in the sense that it affirmed my career goals and…

No. 1-ranked Stony Brook women’s lacrosse began America East action on Saturday with a road victory, as nine different players recorded a point to help the Seawolves best UMass Lowell by the final score of 20-7 at Cushing Field. With the win, the Seawolves improve to 8-0 (1-0 AE) so far in 2018. “Being 1-0 in conference play is a great place to be,” said head coach Joe Spallina. I thought we came here and handled being on the road really well as a squad. A lot of assisted goals, and the opportunity for us to play our entire roster today was…

Stony Brook is the home away from home for 4,685 international students from 110 countries, and we do everything possible to make our students feel welcome and support their success. A wide network of resources helps our international students feel right at home from the very start. View more video testimonials — and find key resources — at the #YouAreWelcome website. #YouAreWelcomeHere is a message of welcome from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. First introduced in November 2016, more than 300 universities and organizations have created videos, websites and social media content using the campaign’s hashtag and concept. In December 2017,…

Twenty-seven brothers and sisters from Pi Lambda Phi and Theta Phi Alpha came together March 2 to be trained in Question, Persuade, and Refer Gatekeeper Training (QPR), a program designed to give people the skills to recognize and respond to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. The fraternity and sorority were recruited for the training by Kathleen Valerio, Health Educator and Program Coordinator. QPR is supported by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Student Health Services (SHS) Health Education Office from the Division of Student Affairs. “We’re trying to get people aware of how to help others struggling with their…

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