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Vincent Acevedo

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Awards:3.94 GPA, Accepted to John Jay College, 2012

A Victory for Iraq War Vet

Vincent Acevedo will begin working on his bachelor's degree at John Jay.

Chantal Adlam

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Recipient, 2014

Seeking Cures in Medicinal Plants

Chantal Adlam (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014) will work toward doctorate in chemistry with a full tuition waiver and a W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship to support her research.

Gil Agassi

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Taking Culture at Face Value

Gil Agassi of Brooklyn College is traveling to Israel to bridge his understanding of the two nations.

Elliot Aguilar

College: Queens College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

Elliot George Aguilar

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2011

Antonio Aguirre

College: New York City College of Technology
Awards:Paid Summer Intern at the NASA/GSFC Lunar & Planetary Science Academy, 2012

Outstanding Student

Linell Ajello

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University, 2012

Outstanding Student

Elias Alcantara

College: Lehman College
Awards:White House intern, 2012

Outstanding Student

Elizabeth Alsop

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Tenure-Track Appointment,

Outstanding Student

Sari Altschuler

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Tenure-Track Position at University of South Florida, 2012

Outstanding Student

Je An

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009

High Five for CUNY

2009 NSF winners will be conducting a variety of research projects.

Hogai Aryoubi

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Putting Aesthetics in Context

Hogai Sarbeland Aryoubi (CUNY B.A., Anthropology of Cross-Cultural Aesthetics '13) heads to Turkey with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Oluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda

College: Queensborough Community College
Awards:Phi Theta Kappa All-New York First Team and Coca-Cola Silver Scholar, 2012

Outstanding Student

Deborah Ayeni

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

A Personal Quest To Quell Cancer

Deborah Opeyemi Ayeni, winner of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is pursuing a doctorate in experimental pathology at Yale and hopes to make her career in industrial research.

David Bahr

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship at BMCC, 2012

Outstanding Student

Andrea Balbas

College: Queens College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010

Aces Covering All the Bases

Students' research ranges from engineering and geosciences to computer science and plants that may lead to a cancer vaccine.

Vivienne Baldassare

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Exploring the Universe

Vivienne Baldassare will be looking at mergers in ultra-luminous infrared galaxies that have an "active" nucleus that emits 10 12 times the infrared light of our sun.

Mark Barahman

College: Macaulay Honors College | College of Staten Island
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2011

Biomedical Magic

Mark Barahman, of the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island, is aiming to earn an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering.

David Bauer

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 2009; Goldwater Scholarship, 2007

The Right Chemistry

David L.V. Bauer, 2009 Rhodes Scholar, is conducting research in clinical medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University.

Eric Becker

College: Queens College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Translating More Than Words

Eric M.B. Becker (Queens College, MFA, Creative Writing and Literary Translation '15) will use his 2015 Fulbright Award to travel to Brazil to work on translations of a story collection and a novel.

Jennifer Begazo

College: Lehman College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Itamar Belisha

College: City College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2007

Putting the Brain Under the Microscope

Itamar M. Belisha, a student at The City College of New York, plans to conduct research on neurological disorders.

Carlsky Belizaire

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Encountering Cultures Here and Abroad

Carlsky Belizaire (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, B.A., political science, 2015) heads to Taiwan with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Adonis Billy

College: Hostos Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Lauren Blachorsky

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2014

Understanding Neurons' Mysteries

Lauren Blachorsky, a Macaulay Honors College at Queens College junior, won a federally funded 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as she pursues neuroscience.

James Blair

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2014; National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2014

Exploring the Falklands' Future

Anthropology Ph.D. candidate James J.A. Blair studies oil-driven societal change in the Falkland Islands.

Godwin Boaful

College: Bronx Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Andre Braddy

College: Medgar Evers College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Personalizing Math Instruction

Andre Braddy (Medgar Evers College, 2012) won a rare Math for America Fellowship as he prepares to become a New York City public high school math teacher.

Lisa Brandt

College: City College
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Amber Brookmire

College: City College
Awards:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Bennett Callaghan

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Mind Play: How We Choose Candidates

Bennett Callaghan (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2012) examinds the interplay of socioeconomic status and participation in the political process with funding from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Joseph Cammarata

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2011

Making a Synthetic Biologist

Joseph Cammarata, of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, was accepted into the 10-week Undergraduate Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and worked in the research lab of Zach Lippman.

Karissa Caputo

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Her Chinese New Year

Karissa Caputo (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, B.A., Spanish Education, minor, Mandarin, '15) prepares for a career as a foreign language teacher with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan.

Theresa Lynn Carranza-Fulmer

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Feeling the Pull of the Earth

Theresa Lynn Carranza-Fulmer, a City College grad who is a pre-doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, is studying the magnetosphere.

Irene Castro

College: City College
Awards:Other, 2012; Other,

Outstanding Student

Kyle Chais

College: Medgar Evers College
Awards:Young Futurist (The Root), 2012

Medgar Evers Student Named 'Young Futurist'

Kyle Chais' novel, 'Nameless,' is cited

Catherine Chan

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Her Overall GPA Is 3.918,

Outstanding Student

Mitsy Chanel-Blot

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:NSF Graduate Research Fellows, 2008

An Anthropological View of Immigration

Mitsy Chanel-Blot's research focuses on the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in Europe.

Ru Chen

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Looking for a Cancer Cure

Ru Chen of City College is making it a personal mission

Yueting Chen

College: Queensborough Community College
Awards:admissions to SUNY Stony Brook, 2014; admissions to SUNY Stony Brook, 2014

CLIP, ASAP and Top Transfer Award

Yueting Chen (Queensborough Community College, 2014) will study biochemistry with a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

William Cheung

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Developing a Philosophical Approach

William Cheung (CUNY BA, 2014) will research idealism and ethics in globalized, multicultural societies while on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.

Dane Christie

College: Hostos Community College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Looking at the Light

Dane Christie of City College is shining a spotlight on solar cells

Howie Chu

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Powering Up for 21st Century

Howie Chu (City College, 2013) hopes to squeeze more life out of high-tech batteries with support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ananda Cohen

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship at Cornell, 2012

Outstanding Student

Amy Colon

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009

High Five for CUNY

2009 NSF winners will be conducting a variety of research projects.

Shara Concepcion

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Awards:,

For BMCC Student, a Couplet of Wins

Shara Concepcion gets Kaplan Scholarship and aces poetry contest

Terry Cook

College: Lehman College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005

Terry D. Cook

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Josue Cordones

College: Lehman College
Awards:,

Adding Up the Language of Math

Josué Cordones, Lehman College 2013, is set to teach in city schools

Jennifer Corns

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Glasgow,

Outstanding Student

Charlie Corredor

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Big Ideas at the Nano Level

Charlie Corredor, a City College grad who is in the doctoral program at the University of Washington in Seattle, is probing the effect nanomaterials have on the environment.

Johnathan Culpepper

College: Medgar Evers College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship,

Trapping Greenhouse Gasses

Johnathan Culpepper (Medgar Evers College, A.A., Mass Communications,'06; B.S., Environmental Science '09), a Ph.D. engineering student at the University of Iowa, won a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to find ways of locking up climate-changing carbon and nitrogen.

Christine Curella

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2007

Taking a Global View

Christine Curella plans to pursue degrees in international affairs and urban planning to create diverse, equitable and inclusive communities around the world.

Matthew De Andrade

College: Queens College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Chasing Math's Mysteries

Matthew De Andrade (Queens College, 2014) intends to stretch the imaginations of New York City public high school students, thanks to a 2014 Math for America Fellowship.

Rebecca DelliCarpini

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Studying Scientists Who Study Primates

Rebecca DelliCarpini (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2013) heads to Madagascar with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to see how scientists produce knowledge.

Nikoleta Despodova

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Putting Rape Cases on Trial

Nikoleta Despodova of John Jay College is studying the effect of stereotypes in same-sex violence

Sean DesVignes

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Beinecke Scholarship, 2015

Jazzing on the Black Experience

Sean DesVignes, a Brooklyn College junior already gaining a national reputation for his poetry, won a 2015 Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study, one of just 20 awarded to "young men and women of exceptional promise."

Catherine Detrow

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Speaking Their Language

Catherine "Casey" Detrow, a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, will use English as a bridge to start a dialogue between Turkish migrant youth and German youth in Germany.

Aaron Dolor

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Using Cell Fats As a Learning Tool

Aaron Dolor, Hunter College 2012, has come up with a unique connection

Stephanie Ebanks

College: City College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Hendia Edmund

College: Hunter College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2010

A Biomedicine Devotee

Hendia Raisa Edmund, Hunter College 2011, wants to earn a doctorate and do research in biomedicine.

Julius Edson

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Fighting Deadly Bacteria

Julius Edson of City College believes shellfish hold the key

Amal El Bakhar

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2015

Seeking Justice, Gender Equity

Amal El Bakhar (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, B.A., biochemistry and women and gender studies, '11) will use her 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to finance her studies at Harvard Law School ('16).

Vadricka Etienne

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

A New Take on Immigration

Vadricka Etienne, a Graduate Center student, is rooting his studies on U.S. Haitian population

James Faghmous

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2007

Focusing on Computer Science

James Faghmous earned a bachelor's degree from City College in 2006 and a doctorate from The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2011.

Moses Feaster

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006

From Battlefield to Research Lab

Moses Feaster, a veteran of the Iraq war, will use his fellowship to pursue a doctorate in developmental biology at Rockefeller University.

Daniel Feldman

College: Macaulay Honors College | College of Staten Island
Awards:Accepted to Boston University's astronomy Ph.D. program, 2012

Reaching for the Stars

College of Staten Island salutatorian Daniel Feldman will be working on his doctorate in astronomy at Boston University.

Robert Fernandez

College: York College
Awards:Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2014

An Immigrant's Path to Science

Robert W. Fernandez (York College, 2013) is pursuing a doctorate at Yale University with support from a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

Richard Fisher

College: New York City College of Technology
Awards:,

A Valedictorian with a Purple Heart

City Tech's Richard Fisher is an officer and an educator

Zvi Fishman

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Opening a Window to the Brain

Zvi Hershel Fishman, a City College grad, is looking forward to a career as a scientist "coaxing nature to reveal its secrets and sharing them with humanity."

Gabriel Flores

College: Kingsborough Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Julian Flores

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Scholarships Program, 2012

Outstanding Student

Leah Fredman

College: Lehman College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Exploring Roots of Fanaticism

Leah Fredman (Lehman College, 2012) will use National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore the theory of "identity fusion."

Daniel Friedman

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Researching Linguistic Connections in Austria

Daniel Friedman (Brooklyn College, MFA in Creative Writing 2014) goes to Vienna on a Fulbright to write poetry focused on the philosophical and poetic potentials in German and English.

Andrew Fulmer

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Counting All His Chickadees

Andrew Goldklank Fulmer, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, is studying the eating habits of these birds to determine how they develop trusting relationships.

Becky Ganley

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Yekaterina Garmash

College: City College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2012

A Fellowship That Really Adds Up

City College senior Yekaterina Garmash, one of four at CUNY to win a $100,000 Math for America award, is eager to teach math in New York City schools.

Ilana Gelb

College: Macaulay Honors College | CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Critical Languages Scholarship, 2015

Fighting the Good Fight Against Violence

Ilana Gelb (CUNY B.A. and Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, Violence, Conflict and Development, '16) is learning Hindi in India on a State Department Critical Language Scholarship.

Tara Gildea

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Beinecke Scholarship, 2012

Finding Her Literary Voice

For Tara Gildea, a Macaulay Honors College at Queens College student, a rare Beinecke Scholarship is her ticket to Oxford.

Miriam Ginzberg

College: Queens College
Awards:National Science Foundation GRS, 2007; National Science Foundation GRS, 2009

Miriam B. Ginzberg

Goldwater Scholar 2007

Ilirjan Gjonbalaj

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Finding His Roots

Thanks to his Fulbright, Macaulay grad Ilirjan Gjonbalaj will teach English to high school students in Kosovo, the war-torn country that has played a significant role in his life in America.

Don Gomez

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Colin Powell Fellow, 2008-2010, 2008

Being of Service

Don Gomez, an Army veteran and City College student, aspires to work for the U.S. government.

Lina Gonzalez

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

Site-Specific Drug Delivery

Lina Mercedes Gonzalez, who is working on her doctorate in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, intends to become a professor with her own research lab.

Simone Gordon

College: City College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Learning "From How We Teach"

Simone Gordon (City College, 2014) heads to Calcutta on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship as she prepares for a career in teaching, a goal since third grade.

Patrice Grant

College: Medgar Evers College
Awards:Accepted to Program at SUNY College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry Program, 2012

Outstanding Student

Lana Guardo

College: Macaulay Honors College | CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Belen Guerra-Carrillo

College: Baruch College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Brain Changer

Belén Carolina Guerra-Carrillo, who is entering a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley, will explore the physical aspects of learning and how they impact academic performance.

Jaeseung Hahn

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Big Ideas on the Nano Level

Jaeseung Hahn, who is heading to Harvard-MIT's joint doctoral program in medical engineering and medical physics, hopes to develop a nanoparticle that is therapeutic and diagnostic.

Kirk Haltaufderhyde

College: York College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Skin-Deep Research

Kirk Haltaufderhyde, a York College graduate, is at Brown University looking at the role light sensitivity plays in skin cells.

Humaira Hansrod

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Working for the World's Women

Humaira Hansrod, Macaulay Honors College at City College, is off to Oman to examine the progress of its female residents.

Stephen Harris

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

A Biological Approach

Stephen Harris, a biology PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center, is pursuing genomics research.

Jasmine Hatcher

College: Queensborough Community College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

The Elements of Research

Jasmine Hatcher of Queens College hopes to strike metal with technetium-99

Ariela Hazan

College: Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Plunging into Another Culture

Ariela Hazan (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2014) delays medical school to teach in Taiwan with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Joseph Hirsh

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2008

The Perfect Equation: Math = Abstract Art

Joseph Hirsh, who says math is "beautiful to pursue," hasn't zeroed in on his career path, but he knows he'll stick with this subject for now.

Ben Hixon

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Ben Hixon of Hunter College is concentrating on Internet info extraction

Johnson Ho

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2011

Insight into Neuropsychiatry

Johnson Shiuan-Jiun Ho, of Macaulay Honors College at City College, intends to improve clinical intervention in neuropsychiatric disorders.

John Horgan

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, 2014

Forging Cultural Connections

John Brendan Horgan (Brooklyn College, M.A. in Education, 2014) won a 2014 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia.

Meryl Horn

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Putting Things in Context

Meryl Horn of Hunter College is researching the biology of memory

Christopher Hue

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Breaking the Brain Barrier

Christopher Donald Hue, a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at City College, is working to understand how explosions damage the brain and how the injuries can be treated.

Kayhan Irani

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, 2012

Making Her Mark on the World's Stage

Fulbright winner Kayhan Irani, who graduated from CUNY's Baccalaureate program, is returning to her native stage - India -- to gather material for a play that plays to the politics of different generations to deliver a message that she hopes will spur social change.

Caley Johnson

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

2 Winners in 1 Year

Caley Johnson and Brian Shearer are physical anthropology students at the Graduate Center.

Celine Joiris

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2011

Using Brain Power To Focus on Neuroscience

Celine Joiris, winner of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, plans on pursuing a PhD in neuroscience.

Larisa Ka

College: City College
Awards:Accepted to University of Massachusetts School of Medicine,

Homecoming

City College biochemistry grad wants to work in her native Cameroon

Lakshman Kalasapudi

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to University of Manitoba Master's in Anthropology, 2012

Outstanding Student

Ember Kane-Lee

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Wrestling with Gender Inequality

Ember Kane-Lee (Brooklyn College, 2013) will use her 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore gender inequality as women move into aggressive, male-dominated sports, as she did in high school.

Iskander Kapkayev

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Preparing Kids for Calc

Iskander Kapkayev (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, 2014), an immigrant from Uzbekistan, won a coveted Math for America Fellowship, which prepares students to become new York City public school math teachers.

Daniel Kennedy

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:,

Daniel Kennedy

Scholarship to Clare College of Cambridge University

Jemila Kester

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Unraveling the Mysteries of TB

Jemila Caplan Kester, who is enrolled at Harvard University's School of Public Health, wants to find out why some people infected with TB become ill and die and others don't.

Razia Khan

College: Queens College
Awards:,

Making the Numbers Work

Razia Khan, Queens College, 2013, hopes to inspire and be inspired by her students

Umussahar Khatri

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2012

Calculating Her Math Career

Umussahar "Sahar" Khatri was determined to be a teacher from the first day she walked into Queens College.

Kamelia Kilawan

College: Baruch College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Evgeniya Kim

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2015

An Irrepressible Global Do-Gooder

Evgeniya Kim (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, B.A., international relations) won a 2015 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for M.B.A. studies at the Yale School of Management.

Joyce Kim

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010

Aces Covering All the Bases

Students' research ranges from engineering and geosciences to computer science and plants that may lead to a cancer vaccine.

Laura Kingsley

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to MFA program in Ceramic Sculpture, California College of the Arts, 2012

Outstanding Student

Sophie Knowles

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Outstanding Student

Therese Kobanghe

College: LaGuardia Community College
Awards:Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team, 2012; Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team, 2012

Fighting for Those Who Can't

LaGuardia's Harmonie Kobanghe, winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship and two America Rising Scholarships, wants to make a positive difference in the world.

Shanna Kofman

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Diane Kolack

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to MPH program, CUNY School of Public Health, 2012

Food for Thought

Diane Kolack, 2012 CUNY Baccalaureate, wants to improve the world's food system.

Stanley Ko

College: City College
Awards:NOAA Stanley F. Hollings Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Nicola Kriefall

College: Hunter College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2014

An Electrically Charged Fish Story

Nicola Gabriele Kriefall, a Hunter College junior, won a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as she examines the behavior of weakly electric fish, envisioning a career in marine biology and neuroscience.

Yekatarina Krivogorskaya

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005

Yekatarina Krivogorskaya

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Adele Kudish

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Student Speaker for Graduate Center Commencement, 2012; Student Speaker for Graduate Center Commencement, 2012

Outstanding Student

Daniel Kulakowski

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010

Aces Covering All the Bases

Students' research ranges from engineering and geosciences to computer science and plants that may lead to a cancer vaccine.

Arielle Kuperberg

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005

Arielle Kuperberg

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Igor Labutov

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010

Aces Covering All the Bases

Students' research ranges from engineering and geosciences to computer science and plants that may lead to a cancer vaccine.

Yehoshua Laker

College: Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2008

High Hopes of Making a Difference

Yehoshua Nechemia Laker of Queens College "derives great pleasure from applying science to my life, and I would like to discover new ideas and innovations in healing that would make this a better, healthier world."

Ekaterina Larina

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Going Sea Deep

Ekaterina Larina of Brooklyn College is studying extinct ammonites

Patrick Lee

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Other, 2012; Other, 2012

Coming Full Circle

Patrick Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants, is headed to Macau to teach English.

Lucy Leid

College: Medgar Evers College
Awards:Accepted to NY Medical College and Meharry Medical School, 2012

Outstanding Student

Ellen Leitman

College: Hunter College
Awards:Clarendon Fund Scholarship to Oxford for Ph.D., 2012

She's Finding a New Pathway

Hunter grad Ellen Leitman, who is in medical school, is using a Clarendon Fund Scholarship to Oxford to focus on AIDS research.

Erica Leong

College: Queens College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Learning the Lingo

Erica Leong, a graduate of Queens College and future English as a Second Language teacher, is going to South Korea, where she'll be a student of the native tongue.

Jake Levin

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2015

Heading into Public Service

Jacob (Jake) Levin (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, B.A., political science and philosophy, history minor, '16) won a 2-15 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a federally financed award that supports graduate study by students who are committed to public service.

Sarah Levitan

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Making Autism Compute

Sarah Ita Levitan of Brooklyn College wants to unwrap the mystery of the disorder

Roman Levites

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, 2012

Outstanding Student

Philip Liu

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

A Large 'Small' Project

Philip Liu of Macaulay Honors College at City College goes to the nano-level of microelectronics

Yitzchak Lockerman

College: Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2009

Computer Whiz

Yitzchak Lockerman of Queens College plans to conduct research in algorithm design.

Maisha Lopa

College: Macaulay Honors College | CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship , 2012

Outstanding Student

Jamel Love

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program, 2015

Electoral Collegian

Jamel Love (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A., Political Science '15) won a $4,000 grant from the American Political Science Association's Minority Fellowship Program and is heading into a political science doctoral program at Rutgers University.

Kevin Magana

College: LaGuardia Community College
Awards:Accepted to Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Junior Summer Institute, 2012

Outstanding Student

Audrey Manalang

College: Macaulay Honors College | Lehman College
Awards:Other, 2012; Other, 2012

Speaking Out

Lehman speech pathology major gets scholarship to Columbia University

Alyssa Marchetti

College: Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Learning American

Alyssa Marchetti (Hunter College, M.S. Ed., 2014), an immigrant from China, will channel her experience as an English language learner during her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan.

Andrew Marcus

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2014

Making NYC a Better Place

Andrew Marcus (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2014) brings a scientific sensibility to his New York City Urban Fellowship.

Jasmine Mark

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Jason Martinez

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Keeping Fire from Traveling

Jason Martinez (City College, 2013) won a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship to study into how smarter building design can keep fire from spreading.

Kemone Martin

College: Bronx Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Stephen Ma

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Looking for an Unbreakable Breakthrough

Stephen Ma, a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at City College, is trying to create plastics that can be repaired with light or that can fix themselves.

Natasha Masub

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Teaching English Before Med School

Natasha Masub (Brooklyn College, B.A., Sociology, '15) will experience life in her parents' homeland, Bangladesh, through a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship before heading to medical school.

Cheryl Mazzeo

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences, 2012

Outstanding Student

Michael McDonald

College: City College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2012

Counting on the Future

Michael McDonald of City College hopes to inspire coming generations of students in the field of mathematics.

Xavier Medina

College: LaGuardia Community College
Awards:Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2015

Living an American Life

Xavier Medina (LaGuardia Community College, A.A. Liberal Arts-Social Science, '15), a Dreamer from Ecuador, has won a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to pursue a bachelor's degree in political science.

Joshua Mehigan

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Guggenheim Fellowship, 2015

Guggenheim for Rhyme

Joshua Mehigan, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and a teaching fellow at the College of Staten Island, won a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an award normally given to mid-career professionals.

Ryan Merola

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2006

Connecting with the Political Process

Brooklyn College's Ryan Merola has his eye on graduate school, law school and public office.

Alexa Mieses

College: City College
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Cristina Mihailescu

College: LaGuardia Community College
Awards:Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2014

Seeking Global Solutions

Cristina Mihailescu (LaGuardia Community College, 2014) will use her Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship to approach economics with an international viewpoint.

Giovanni Milione

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

A Trio of Winning Students

Anthony Pang will do research on space thrusters; Giovanni Milione will study optics; and Evangeleen Pattison will focus on educational pathways in science.

Melody Mills

College: Macaulay Honors College | Baruch College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Saving Lima's Street Girls

Melody Mills (Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, 2014) will use her Fulbright Scholarship to study a social program's impact on homeless Peruvian girls.

Robert Molloy

College: City College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 1939

CUNY's 1939 Star

Robert T. Molloy went from City College to Oxford University to Yale Law School.

Nicolas Montano

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:Marshall Scholarship, 2013

Advocating for Justice

Nicolas Montano of John Jay wins scholarship to study in England

Andrea Montesdeoca

College: Hunter College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Valeria Munt

College: City College
Awards:Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship, 2015

Acting with Humanity

Valeria Munt (Brooklyn College, B.A., political science, French and Spanish literature '08; City College, M.A., international affairs '15), who studied role of sports in diplomacy, has won a 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.

Christopher Navas

College: Queens College
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Kristina Navrazhina

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:,

Doing Battle With Cancer

Kristina Navrazhina, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College 2014, hopes to find a cure for this universal disease

Kelechi Ndukwe

College: Lehman College
Awards:Other, 2011; Other,

Getting to the Root of Stem Cells

Kelechi Ndukwe, a Lehman College grad who aspires to be a physician-scientist, is getting closer to his dream thanks to a rare NIH Undergraduate Scholarship.

Christopher Negron

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009

High Five for CUNY

2009 NSF winners will be conducting a variety of research projects.

Lisette Nieves

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 1992; Truman Scholarship, 1991

Community Minded

Lisette Nieves, Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, works to empower young people to succeed academically and in careers.

Philipa Njau

College: City College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2005

Getting Down to the Molecules

Philipa A. Njau, an honors student majoring in biochemistry at City College, is pursuing a doctorate in the biophysical and biochemical fields.

Edna Normand

College: Hunter College
Awards:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Arash Nowbahar

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Going With the Flow

Arash Ramin Nowbahar, City College, B.E. in chemical engineering, 2012, sees his future in surfactants

Kwame Ocran

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Evelyn Okeke

College: College of Staten Island
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015

Chasing Stars Biologically

Evelyn Okeke (College of Staten Island, B.S., Biology, minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, '13), received a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support doctoral research at Rutgers University's Biochemistry Program into DNA's repair process.

Samsiya Ona

College: Lehman College
Awards:Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, 2013

The Right Rx

Samsiya Ona, Lehman College 2011, is training to be a physician

Dalila Ordonez

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015

Outthinking Brain Proteins

Dalila Ordonez (Hunter College, B.A., Biopsychology '13), a doctoral student in Harvard University's Molecules, Cells and Organisms Program, will research nerve degeneration with a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Jasmine Osorio

College: York College
Awards:National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Ayodele Oti

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2011

Working for World Health

Truman winner Ayodele Oti, who is majoring in international studies, wants to advise governments in developing countries about public health programs, particularly to improve maternal and child health.

Wanmei Ou

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005

Engineering Computer Science

Wanmei Ou, who is a graduate research assistant at MIT, is interested in signal detection, machine learning and computer vision.

Karla Padawer Solomon

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Teaching English, Loving Spanish

Karla Padawer Solomon (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, 2014) won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain.

Anthony Pang

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

Shooting for the Stars

With his NSF grant, Anthony Pang will go to MIT to work toward a doctorate on plasma dynamic simulations for space thrusters.

Gregory Pardlo

College: Graduate Center
Awards:, 2015

Poetry From Life

Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his brilliant collection, "Digest."

Raymond Paretzky

College: Queens College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 1983

Laying Down the Law

Raymond Paretzky, a 1983 Rhodes Scholar, practices international law in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Parisano

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:,

Digging Into Things

Christopher Parisano, a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, is studying the effect of Lima, Peru's ruins on the population

Arthur Parzygnat

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

Quantum Field Theorist

For Arthur Jacob Parzygnat of Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, a career in mathematics just seemed to add up.

Evangeleen Pattison

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

A Trio of Winning Students

Anthony Pang will do research on space thrusters; Giovanni Milione will study optics; and Evangeleen Pattison will focus on educational pathways in science.

Jeffrey Peer

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, 2015

The Mexico Chonicles

Jeffrey Peer, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center who has taught writing at Baruch College, goes to Mexico to research two newspaper essayists who commented on key events in the country's 20th century history.

Anabel Pérez

College: Baruch College
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2015

Being American

Anabel Perez Jimenez (Baruch College, B.A., Public Affairs '15), a Dreamer from the Dominican Republic, has won a 2015 New York City Urban Fellowship.

Susybel Pimentel

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015

Peeling Off Labels

Susybel Roxana Pimentel (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A./M.A., Forensic Psychology, '12) studies the possible negative effects of the language police use with youngsters under a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chivon Powers

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009

High Five for CUNY

2009 NSF winners will be conducting a variety of research projects.

Jessenia Preciado

College: Kingsborough Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Aniqua Rahman

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Stopping Cancer in its Tracks

Aniqua Rahman (City College, 2013) explores the spread of cancer; she won a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Danny Ramos

College: Hunter College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Teaching from Experience

Danny Ramos (Hunter College, 2014), the son of Mexican immigrants, intends to channel his childhood as he uses a Math for America Fellowship to become a New York City public school math teacher.

Denise Reynoso

College: Hostos Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Gareth Rhodes

College: City College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2011

Heading into Public Service

Truman winner Gareth Rhodes is interested in the role of government and public policy in the livelihood of ordinary Americans.

Robert Riggs

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Summa cum Laude, 2013; Summa cum Laude, 2012

Unlocking Ex-Inmates' Social Ties

Robert Riggs, CUNY B.A., is researching what keeps prisoners outside the bars

Eric Rios-Doria

College: College of Staten Island
Awards:Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Robin Roberts

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to Ph.D. program in Physics, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012

Planetary Ambitions

Robin Roberts, CUNY Baccalaureate 2011, wants to take her studies beyond the Earth.

Laura Rodríguez

College: City College
Awards:Justice Fellowship from the Immigrant Justice Corps, 2015

Championing Justice for Immigrants

Laura Sofia Rodríguez (City College, B.A., Spanish, concentration in Latin American Literature and History, '11), a 2015 graduate of Emory University School of Law, won a a 2015 Justice Fellowship from the Immigrant Justice Corps and will focus on LGBT/HIV-positive clients seeking immigration help.

Barukh Rohde

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Attacking Killer Bacterium with Sex

Barukh Rohde (Hunter College, 2014) seeks to kill a disease-carrying insect that is damaging citrus crops with his National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ariela Rosa

College: Bronx Community College
Awards:Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Aleksey Ruditskiy

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:,

Putting the Sci-Fi in Science

Aleksey Ruditskiy, Macaulay Honors College at City College, B.E. in chemical engineering, hopes to create 'magic' materials

Ben Rudshteyn

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Benjamin Rudshteyn

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2012

Searching for the Origins of Life

Benjamin Rudshteyn, who will graduate in 2013 from Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, wants to go one giant step beyond Darwin.

Yisa Rumala

College: York College
Awards:NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2006

A Scientist at Heart

Yisa Rumala, a physics and math major at York College, is off to the University of Michigan to work on a doctorate in applied physics.

Carolina Salguero

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Taking the H (Harm) Out of HIV

Carolina Salguero, a doctoral student in molecular and cell biology at Harvard University, hopes to deprogram the virus behind AIDS.

Miriam Samoylova

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2012

Outstanding Student

María Sánchez Díez

College: CUNY School of Journalism
Awards:Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund, 2015

Setting the News on Fire

María Sánchez Díez (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, December '15), a Spaniard, won a 2015 Foreign Press Association Scholarship to further develop a news-aggregating app that mixes Spanish and English content for young Hispanic-Americans.

Jimena Santillan

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Paying Attention

Jimena Santillan, (Hunter, B.A. in psychology 2012) is entering the doctoral program at the University of Oregon to study the role bilingualism plays in the brain function of selective attention.

Therese Savery-Connors

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to Tulane University master's in disaster resilience leadership science, 2012

Outstanding Student

Rachel Schnur

College: Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2006

Looking for Answers

Rachel Schnur, Queens College's 2006 winner, is working on a doctorate in biomedical sciences.

Brian Shearer

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011

2 Winners in 1 Year

Caley Johnson and Brian Shearer are physical anthropology students at the Graduate Center.

Eugene Shenderov

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 2005

From Chernobyl to Cancer Research

Eugene Shenderov, a graduate of Brooklyn College, was a 2005 Rhodes Scholarship recipient. He is working on his doctorate in immunology, with a specialty in cancer research, at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Keelie Sheridan

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:George J. Mitchell Scholarship to the Lir, Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art, 2015

Clytemnestra in Ireland

Keelie Sheridan (Brooklyn College, M.F.A., Acting, '13) intends to reset the ancient Greek Oresteia trilogy in Ireland during her 2015 George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

Nathaniel Sibinga

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program,

Fishing for Sustainability

Nathaniel Sibinga (Brooklyn College, M.A., Biology, '15) will research a more environmentally friendly way to farm fish under a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to Norway.

Claudio Simpkins

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2005

A Passion for Policy and Politics

Claudio Simpkins of the Macaulay Honors College at City College is going to work on a doctorate in American politics.

Lukman Solola

College: Brooklyn College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Elementary Exploration

Lukman Solola, Brooklyn College, B.S. in chemistry, 2012, is trying to find an environmentally friendly way to extract rare-earth metals

Carla Spensieri

College: Queens College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2015

Word Up!

Carla Spensieri (Hunter College, B.A., Italian Culture and Civilization, '14; Queens College, M.A.T., Childhood Education, '15) is off to Brazil to learn Portuguese while holding a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Jan Stepinski

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:,

Conducting Air-Tight Research

Jan Stepinski, City College's 2013 valedictorian, is headed to Stanford to pursue his interest in the atmosphere

Michael Stivers

College: Macaulay Honors College | Baruch College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Jordan Stockdale

College: Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, 2012

Learning, from Teaching

Jordan Stockdale (Hunter College MA, special education, 2012) is trading his East Harlem classroom for one in Spain.

Maria Strangas

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Lizard Lessons

Maria Louisa Strangas of the Graduate Center is heading to the Brazilian forests to study these reptiles

Christie Sukhdeo

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

On the Wings of Butterflies

Christie Anne Sukhdeo, City College, B.S. in biology 2011, is starting a doctoral conservation biology program at the University of New Orleans that involves working with these flying insects.

Angglelia Sutjipto

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Humanity in Action Fellowship, 2015

A Bias Beater

Angglelia (Angel) Sutjipto (CUNY baccalaureate, Genocide Studies, '13), a Dreamer from Indonesia, will learn how other countries have dealt with discrimination and resistance with a 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Lev Sviridov

College: City College
Awards:Rhodes Scholarship, 2005

Making Scholarship a Science

Lev A. Sviridov used his 2005 Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a master of science degree to conduct research in inorganic chemistry, focusing on the crystalline properties of aerosols.

Joshua Tanon

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Awards:Phi Theta Kappa, ; Dean's List, ; CRSP Scholar,

From BMCC to NASA

Joshua Tanon (Borough of Manhattan Community College, A.S., Engineering Science '15) won a coveted 2015 NASA summer internship to work on the design of sensors that may help a glider explore Mars.

Zarin Tasnim

College: Macaulay Honors College | Lehman College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Teaching English in Korea

Zarin Tasnim (Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, 2014) is teaching conversational English through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Korea.

Sean Thatcher

College: College of Staten Island
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2015

Protecting the Coastline

Sean Thatcher, a rising junior at the College of Staten Island's Verrazano School honors program, won a 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award in the sciences.

Mallory Torres Villa

College: City College
Awards:Math for America Fellowship, 2012

Problem Solver

Mallory Torres Villa of City College is looking forward to coming up with innovative equations to get kids excited about math.

Tayyaba Toseef

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Seeking a Cure for MS

Tayyaba Toseef, a master's student at Hunter College, is using basic scientific research to find therapies

Joshua Trinidad

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, 2015

Speaking Up for Diplomacy

Joshua Trinidad (CUNY B.A./Hunter, World Languages and Literatures/Translation and Interpretation, '12) is preparing for work as a Foreign Service diplomat with a federally funded 2015 Charles E. Rangel Graduate Fellowship.

Joshua Trinidad

College: Hunter College
Awards:None, 2012; None, 2012

Outstanding Student

Susan Tsang

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, 2012

Relying on the Wings of Bats

Susan Tsang, who is working on her doctorate in biology at the CUNY Graduate Center, is heading to the Indonesian jungle on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the flying fox, a carrier of infectious diseases.

Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to University of Arizona Joint Ph.D. Program in Anthropology and Linguistics, 2012

Outstanding Student

Jake Vaynshteyn

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Taking on the Brain

Jake V. Vaynshteyn, City College, B.E., 2009, has his mind on the engineering of the grey matter

George Vourderis

College: Macaulay Honors College | CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, 2012

Finding Himself in Translation

George Vourderis, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and CUNY BA, is researching Korea's multi-ethnic population.

Cleveland Waddell

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Accepted to applied mathematics Ph.D. program, North Carolina State University, with teaching assistantship, 2012

Outstanding Student

Hanifah Walidah

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:,

2014 Grad a Musical Révélation

Hanifah Walidah (CUNY BA, 2014), already known as a trans-Atlantic musician, filmmaker and social activist, sought grounding in a not-quite-traditional education.

Tony Wan

College: York College
Awards:York College Valedictorian Is Iraq War Veteran, 2012

York College Valedictorian Is Iraq War Veteran

Tony Wan, a chemistry major with a 3.99 grade point average, served two tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine.

Troy Weekes

College: College of Staten Island
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2012

Outstanding Student

David Weinberger

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2012

Putting Local Government to Work

David Weinberger, a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, is making it his business to be an engaged citizen through public service.

Jamar Whaley

College: Queens College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Turning Last Place Into First

For Jamar Whaley of Queens College, it's been a long climb to the top

James Williams

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2015

Making City Government Work

James Oladipupo Williams (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S., Public Administration, '15) intends to learn how cities can function -- and then put that knowledge to use in his native Nigeria -- through a 2015 New York City Urban Fellowship.

Reilly Wilson

College: Graduate Center
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Children, Playgrounds and Civil War

Reilly Bergin Wilson, entering the CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2014, will study how children interact with the built environment after the Bosnian civil war with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Marcin Wisniewski

College: Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2012

Discovering His Sounding Board

Marcin Wisniewski is going to Switzerland on his Fulbright to study sound therapy, a new treatment to heal the body.

Vincent Xue

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Making Sure Research Computes

Vincent Xue, who is to begin doctoral work at MIT, wants to bring knowledge of computational biology to his research.

Jin-Xiang Yu

College: Queens College
Awards:Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, 2014

Elite Opera Program Hers for a Song

Jin-Xiang Yu (Queens College, 2014), raised in Japan by parents of Chinese and Russian backgrounds, is CUNY's first winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award (up to $50,000 a year for three years of study). The Yale School of Music's esteemed opera performance master's program, which accepts only eight students a year, also granted her a full scholarship.

Alla Zamarayeva

College: City College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2013

Going with the Flow

Alla Zamarayeva of City College is studying the effect of capillary bridges on suspension rheology