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Academic Success and Tutoring Centers Honors 49


Stony Brook University’s Academic Success and Tutoring Center (ASTC) has recognized 49 peer tutors with Level-One Tutor Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), the first group at Stony Brook to receive such certification.

The College Reading and Learning Association “is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.” According to their website, the ITTPC “provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ successful work from an international organization” while the tutor certification process “sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors.”

Stony Brook University’s Academic Success and Tutoring Center was created in fall 2013 and provides free one-on-one and small group tutoring for undergraduate courses as well as peer coaching to help students improve their study habits, time management and test-taking skills. The ASTC was granted CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification at Level-One in fall 2014. The center, which now employs more than 100 tutors in a multitude of subjects, offers tutoring throughout the year, including Summer Sessions for select AMS, BIO, CHE, MAT and PHY courses. For more information on ASTC and its services, please visit


ASTC recently recognized 49 peer tutors for receiving Level-One Tutor Certification..

The 49 peer Level-One Certified Peer Tutors, including their majors:

Vincent Bhandal, Biomedical Engineering

Zach Biondo, Physics/Mathematics

Robert Brienza, Physics

Grace Chang, Biochemistry

Cliff Chen, Sociology

Charlie Chung, Biology

Megan Cooney, Pharmacology

Karen Dai, Economics/Cinema & Cultural Studies

Malvin De Nunez, Electrical Engineering

Matthew Draper, Biomedical Engineering

Shradha Duggal, Health Science

Thuy Duong Dang, Business

Yousef El-laham, Physics/Mathematics

Evan Guby, Computer Science

Thomas Holvey, Psychology

Neehad Islam, Mechanical Engineering

Saurabh Joglekar, Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Brian Kavanagh, Economics

Sarah Kim, Biology

Julie Lavalliere, Biochemistry

Holly Lavelli, Health Science

Samuel Lederer, Biomedical Engineering

Hannah Leonard, Engineering Science

Justin Loloi, Biology

Michael Lopez, Biochemistry

Tony Man, Biology

Marina Mestres, Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Tasnuva Moutushi, Chemical & Molecular Engineering

Kevin Nyhus, Mechanical Engineering

Tina Pan, Mechanical Engineering

Amanda Pelczynski, Health Science

Ben Primus, Biochemistry

Sofya Pugach, Biomedical Engineering

Elaine Qu, Economics/Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Olivia Ritchie, Health Science

Andy Rivera, Mathematics

Bianca Ruiz, Psychology

Rachel Sampson, Physics

Tulika Saxena, Economics

Jeremy Schneider, Biochemistry

Ioana Soaita, Biomedical Engineering

Hillary Steinberg, Biology/Sociology

Keegan Stoner, Mathematics/Physics

Heather Toskos, Biochemistry

Sabrina Wagner, Mathematics

Josh Wein, Computer Science

Selina Yang, Biochemistry

Yinghang Yang, Economics

Alfred Yerger, Mathematics


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