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Eight students from Stony Brook University have received the first-ever SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) award, which provides $5,000 to each student in flexible funds for research expenses, professional development and supplemental stipend support. The recipients have all won national recognition for their research from prestigious graduate fellowship programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A total of 22 students received the award.

The eight Stony Brook students are:

  • Erica Bower, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Gabrielle Elise Kamm, Chemistry
  • Madani Ahmed Khan, Chemistry
  • Tori Peña, Psychology
  • Margaret Ellen Shevik, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Jennifer Susan Thalappillil, Pharmacological Sciences
  • John Connor Williams, Biomedical Engineering
  • Priscilla Edinam Yevoo, Neurobiology and Behavior

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Research microscope“We are incredibly excited and proud that eight of our Stony Brook students are among the recipients of the very first SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) award,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “It is a testament to their tremendous accomplishments and to the standing of Stony Brook University as a top research institution whose diversity, dedication to socioeconomic mobility, and academic excellence is making a significant impact on our world.”

“SUNY conducts world-leading research. Students are often looked at as our future leaders, but they are our leaders now and the awardees from our university centers are nationally recognized for their excellence in research,” said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. “I am proud of the work that these students are doing, which will advance our understanding of topics as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Their work may one day lead to life-changing advances and technologies, not unlike the MRI and the lithium ion battery, which were both developed by researchers at SUNY. Congratulations to our first SUNY GREAT award recipients. SUNY is a research juggernaut and we are proud to provide the laboratories and resources necessary for their discoveries.”

“Many students come to SUNY looking to immerse themselves in their studies and produce research across a great span of areas that will leave a positive impact on generations to come,” said SUNY Trustee Courtney Burke, who chairs the Board of Trustee’s Research and Economic Development Committee. “By providing these innovative researchers with additional funding and support, we are helping them continue on their research to test theories and make further discoveries.”

“Throughout the SUNY system, we have no shortage of talented SUNY undergraduate and graduate students who want to use their strengths to advance research in their respective fields and solve for some of our biggest threats seen worldwide,” said SUNY Provost-in-Charge F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik. “They are driven and dedicated to their work and to the betterment of society, and we want to help accelerate their progress — the SUNY GREAT awards program is another step we are taking to support our students throughout their research process. Congratulations to our very first GREAT awardees, and we look forward to recognizing many more students in the coming years.”

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