Read the top 10 stories and news headlines of 2020 from Stony Brook University that have made an impact on Long Island, New York and
Stony Brook University students saw continued success in several academic competitions
Biochemistry major Erika Nemeth ’21 was named a
Goldwater Scholar, one of 396 U.S. students receiving the prestigious annual science award in 2020.
Tying Stony Brook’s institutional record set in 2019, 10 students this year were recognized
by the Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a highly
competitive scholarship opportunity that provides funding for American students to
conduct research or teach English in more than 140 countries overseas.
Five students received
Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation.
Kiran Eiden ’20 was awarded the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, which
provides funding for four years of his doctoral program at UC at Berkeley plus an
internship at a national laboratory.
On October 7, Dr. Deborah Birx, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, visited
Stony Brook University, praising the University for its success in controlling the
spread of COVID-19 and emphasizing steps that can be taken to help bring down cases
in the future. Birx, who has been visiting universities and other institutions around
the country to engage in dialogue about preventative measures, lauded Stony Brook’s
strategies for coping with the virus, such as finding innovative solutions to the
challenges of patient care and worker safety, surveillance testing of resident students,
and requirements that students test negative upon arrival to campus.
A week earlier, State University of New York Stony Brook University Chancellor Jim
Malatras visited campus and
praised officials at Stony Brook for being able to adapt while keeping infection rates extremely low
and for having one of the safest campuses in the state. He credited remote learning
and frequent reporting for the low numbers.