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Fourteen SBU Students Receive SUNY GREAT Award for Graduate Research

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Suny logo white blueFourteen students from Stony Brook University were named winners of the 2022 SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) award — fully half of the 28 recipients announced on February 11.

The award 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.

“I am incredibly proud of this year’s recipients of the SUNY GREAT awards,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “At Stony Brook University, we are passionate about supporting the spirit of inquiry and innovation that animates our early-career faculty and graduate students, so it is gratifying to see that 14 out of the 28 recipients are Seawolves. With honorees from the fields of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Genetics, Chemistry, Anthropological Sciences, Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, it is clear that the passion for knowledge thrives in all disciplines amongst our brilliant graduate students, who bring to their research a broad diversity of backgrounds and experiences.”

“SUNY graduate students are not simply researchers, they are creating innovative solutions, and whether it be measuring the impacts of climate change or improving homeland security, our talented young minds are dedicating their intelligence to improving the lives of others,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Stanley. “Congratulations to our SUNY GREAT award recipients. We will continue to invest in their dedication, talent, and potential. SUNY is a leader in groundbreaking research, and we are proud to provide the laboratories and resources necessary to propel our students forward in their careers.”

The awardees from Stony Brook are:

  • Andrea Jasmine Arreguin, Neuroscience/Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • Noele Doreen Certain, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Cristian Ryan Lopez Cleary, Genetics/MSTP
  • Kayla Rain Donaldson, Clinical Psychology
  • Marlee Harris, Anthropological Sciences
  • Joshua Kogan, Neuroscience/MSTP
  • Angus John Koller, Chemistry
  • Michael Adrian Martinez, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology/MSTP
  • Alicia Gabriella Mendoza, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Philip Andrew Moresco, Genetics/MSTP
  • Ki Hong Oh, Biomedical Informatics/MSTP
  • Sekine Ozturk, Clinical Psychology
  • Daniel Radin, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology/MSTP
  • Aziz Mohammedi Rangwala, Molecular and Cellular Biology/MSTP

View the photos and bios of the 2022 winners at the SUNY website.

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  • It is interesting to note that the “hard sciences” captured the lion’s share of these grants. I think we need to find a way to encourage students in the Social Sciences and the Humanities to take advantage of life transforming opportunities like this one.

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