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Nicole S. Sampson Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University

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STONY BROOK, NY, February 28, 2020 – Dr. Nicole S. Sampson, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective March 1, 2020, announced Minghua Zhang, Interim Provost for Stony Brook University. Dr. Sampson has held the Interim Dean position since July 2018.

“Nicole has been an indispensable leader throughout her role as Interim Dean,” says Zhang. “In that time, she developed a comprehensive vision for the future of CAS, all while stewarding the College into a stronger financial position. Her tireless work to unite members of the College community and to elevate the stature and impact of the College is evident through the numerous initiatives already launched, and those in development.”

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Nicole S. Sampson has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The collaborative shared vision developed by numerous stakeholders across the University including highly committed faculty and the College community, is a Navigational Guide to 2030 with plans for education, research and mentorship based on constellations of strength within the College. This guide anticipates the challenges of the next decade and boldly charts the way forward to a convergent, innovative, and sustainable future.

Key initiatives include:

  • The launch of the BA in Globalization Studies and International Relations for its inaugural Fall 2020 semester
  • Supporting large-scale and center-based research to build on our existing strengths in quantum information science, planetary science, neuroscience, and autism
  • Collaboration with the College of Engineering and Applied Science to create the Digital Intelligence Training Program, the first of its kind in New York state. Its first class, a gateway course prepares students for project-based team learning was fully enrolled in the Fall 2019 semester and will return with two sections in Fall 2020.

Throughout her 28 years as a researcher and educator, Dr. Sampson has mentored more than 40 doctoral students and taught organic chemistry to thousands of undergraduate students. She has championed expanded opportunities for all students through their coursework and research, providing inspiration for the next generation to pursue their passions.

A distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Sampson completed her undergraduate studies at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, and completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After holding an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, she joined Stony Brook University in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, later serving as chair of the Department from 2012-2017. She previously served as an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is currently a member of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology Graduate Program as well as of the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program. She founded and served as Co-Director (2010-2019) of a Chemical Biology Training Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a founding faculty member in Stony Brook’s Institute for Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery.

Dr. Sampson’s research interests span from unraveling the molecular intricacies of mammalian fertilization to finding new treatments for tuberculosis and cholera. She has received more than $17 million in research support primarily from the NIH and the National Science Foundation. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and issued patents. Her awards include the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award and the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, both from the American Chemical Society, and she is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brookhaven Science Associates, the entity that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory.


About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).

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