Browsing: Student Spotlight

Through the Endowed Richard A. Bishop Fund, 20 incoming freshmen and two continuing students received laptops on August 21 at a ceremony in the Administration Building Welcome Center. The fund was established in memory of Mr. Bishop, a resident of the area and local businessman who used to manage the Computer Corner for Stony Brook’s Faculty Student Association (FSA) before the venue closed in 2003. In the spirit of Dick Bishop — who was always extremely generous to his customers — the endowment is intended to help students who might not otherwise have the resources to purchase a computer for college.…

A scientist doesn’t have to wear a white labcoat to be taken seriously, let alone inspire a generation of young minds — just ask the students at East Islip High School. In mid-April, even on the verge of finals, college entrance exams, prom, graduation and summer vacation, the upperclassmen studying science at East Islip gave their full attention, and then some, to two visitors presenting their scientific research and passion. Jinelle Wint and Danica Warns are two of many who experienced Science Unplugged, a unique course offered through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University that provides…

Ashwin Kelkar ’16 loves research so much that he doesn’t mind its high rate of failure. But when success occurs, the biochemistry major said, the experience is that much more rewarding. “I’d say 99 out of 100 experiments will either fail or come back with strange results,” Ashwin said. “The key is to constantly be looking at these results in a different light.” Research first intrigued Ashwin when he was 16 and attending Syosset High School, which provided him with the opportunity to seek out a research institute in a laboratory setting. He wound up conducting research at The Feinstein…

When future generations sit down to a seafood dinner, they may want to give thanks to environmental advocates such as Emily Nocito ’16, who is launching a yearlong campaign to publicize the importance of marine protected areas as a way to restore ocean fisheries. Emily, a Stony Brook University coastal environmental sciences major minoring in ecosystems and human impact, was honored with the top environmental award, the Oceans Prize, at the Millennium Campus Conference in New York City on August 13. The conference, hosted by the United Nations, is an annual symposium for university student leaders advancing global development. The…

Elizabeth Jane Brenner, an English and Business major with minors in Political Science and Theatre, was named Miss Adult Talent Winner at the 2015 All-American Girl and Boy National Pageant and received awards for Best Personality, Best Message in a Commercial, Interview and Beauty. Brenner is a member of the The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band, and she is on the executive board of Alpha Nu Zeta, the Stony Brook Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. She is a graduate of the Suffolk County Community College Honors Program and is a Gold Girl Scout. Additionally, she has…

Stony Brook’s vast array of clubs and organizations can broaden your horizons, prepare you for a career, or just give you the time of your collegiate life. Find out more at this fall’s Involvement Fair; in the meantime, we’ve chosen to profile three clubs just to give you a taste. Pre-Veterinary Society About the Club: The Pre-Veterinary Society helps prepare students for a career in veterinary science by providing resources and opportunities, while also giving animal enthusiasts on campus a place to meet. Types of Activities: The club offers talks with distinguished veterinarians and wildlife conservation experts, specialized advising sessions,…

Imagine arriving in a country as a six-year-old with no knowledge of the native tongue or culture. Compound this with the ridicule of other children who label you “slow.” Stony Brook University biomedical engineering major Kunal Agarwal ’15 remembers learning of these grade-school taunts from his one Indian friend, who spoke both English and Kunal’s native language, Hindi. Kunal could have allowed the epithets to destroy his self-esteem and hinder his progress, but instead, Kunal vowed not only to learn English, but also to excel in it. “I was very fortunate to have a teacher who not only understood my problem,…

SBU rugby player Shane Wend has been named to the second team of the 2014-15 Collegiate All-American roster. Shane’s distinction is the highest honor a Stony Brook rugby player student has ever received. “Over the past year, these young men have demonstrated skill, passion, and dedication to the sport of rugby and have excelled with their respective collegiate teams,” said USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Head Coach Gavin Hickie. Learn more about Stony Brook rugby.

After his grandmother died during a family trip to a rural region of the Himalayas, where medical care was hard to come by, biochemistry major Sanat Patel ’15 decided to make a difference. He realized he wanted to pursue medicine as a way of bringing care to underserved communities. Enrolling at Stony Brook looked like the best way to get to where he wanted to be. His brother, Jaymin ’13, also a biochemistry major, was already attending. While still in high school, Sanat came to stay with him on campus. The brothers shared two years at Stony Brook before Jaymin went on to attend the…

Part of getting an education is learning what you’re made of, especially when under pressure. Biology major Mathew Varghese ’15 has learned that life lesson many times. When he was a high school student, Mathew volunteered at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, working at the front desk and answering patients’ questions. “One doctor liked talking to me about medicine,” he said. “He would name a set of symptoms and asked me what I thought the problem could be. My knowledge of the human body came from my AP biology class, so I struggled every time.” But the doctor’s interest in his…

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