Two Stony Brook University students have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP) by the National Science Foundation. Another six SBU students earned honorable mentions.
This nationally competitive award provides successful applicants in NSF-supported STEM disciplines with three years of funding for graduate school.
The two students honored with fellowships are: Alum Marlee Harris, Anthropology, who received her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook in 2018 and will be joining the University’s Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) in Fall 2021, and graduating senior Marisa Petrusky, Physics, who will be joining the University of Colorado at Boulder’s PhD program in aerospace engineering in Fall 2021 after completing her bachelor’s degree at SBU in May.
Students winning honorable mentions are graduating senior Abbigayle Cuomo, Chemistry; graduating senior Daniella Hebert, Mechanical Engineering; PhD student Angus Koller, Chemistry; PhD student Alicia Mendoza, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; PhD student Sekine Ozturk, Clinical Psychology; and alum Durre Riaz, Anthropology.
“I am always impressed by the brilliance and grit of our applicants for nationally competitive awards, but especially this year given the uncertainty and unanticipated obstacles,” said Jen Green, Director for Fellowships Advising and Professional Development in the Graduate School. “I am especially excited for our recipients and honorable mentions, but everyone who participated in the application process during this challenging time should be very proud.”
Stony Brook uses a collaborative advising model that was supported by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). David Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, led a team that included Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Kristin Bernard, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Benjamin Martin, and Assistant Professor of Practice Matthew Reuter, who is affiliated with both Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS).
Stony Brook applicants were also fortunate to have access to resources at the SUNY level, which were developed by our own Susan Brennan, Professor of Cognitive Science and SUNY Research Fellow for Innovation in Graduate Education.
The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the country’s science and engineering research workforce by supporting graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported STEM disciplines.
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— Lynne Roth