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2015 Award-Winner Profiles

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Vincent AcevedoVincent 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 AdlamChantal 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 AgassiGil 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 AguilarElliot Aguilar

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

Elliot George Aguilar

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2011

Antonio AguirreAntonio Aguirre

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

Outstanding Student

Rabiat AjaoRabiat Ajao

College: Hostos Community College
Awards:2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-New York Academic Awards, 2016

A Car Crash Steered Her Toward Medicine

Rabia Ajao keeps her personal experience with medical care in mind as she works her way toward an intended doctorate in nursing.

Linell AjelloLinell Ajello

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

Outstanding Student

Munazza AlamMunazza Alam

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017

At Harvard, Researching Exoplanets 6.5 Light Years Away

Munazza Khalida Alam, now a Harvard doctoral student, deduces what's in the atmospheres of exoplanets more than 6 light years or more away from Earth.

Elias AlcantaraElias Alcantara

College: Lehman College
Awards:White House intern, 2012

Outstanding Student

Elizabeth AlsopElizabeth Alsop

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Tenure-Track Appointment,

Outstanding Student

Sari AltschulerSari Altschuler

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

Outstanding Student

Je AnJe 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 AryoubiHogai 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) AtandaOluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda

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

Outstanding Student

Deborah AyeniDeborah 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.

Norbesida BagabilaNorbesida Bagabila

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Awards:Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2017

A Goal of Joining Western Technology With Traditional African Medicine

Norbesida Bagabila wants to combine Western and traditional African medicine and dreams of creating the first research university in his homeland, Burkina Faso.

David BahrDavid Bahr

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

Outstanding Student

Andrea BalbasAndrea 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 BaldassareVivienne 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 BarahmanMark 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.

Rebecca BaronRebecca Baron

College: Macaulay Honors College | Brooklyn College
Awards:Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, 2016

Depressed? She Has an App for That.

Rebecca Baron finds neuropsychology compelling. It's the science about what makes people tick and what can help people put themselves in more positive frames of mind.

David BauerDavid 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 BeckerEric 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 BegazoJennifer Begazo

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

Outstanding Student

Itamar BelishaItamar 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 BelizaireCarlsky 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.

Maneesha BhugwansingManeesha Bhugwansing

College: Macaulay Honors College | Baruch College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2017

Economics That Work for New Americans

Maneesha Bhugwansing will earn a master's degree in the Netherlands focused on European economic politics and global innovation; her goal is to work in international economic development.

Adonis BillyAdonis Billy

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

Outstanding Student

Lauren BlachorskyLauren 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 BlairJames 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 BoafulGodwin Boaful

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

Outstanding Student

Andre BraddyAndre 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 BrandtLisa Brandt

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

Outstanding Student

Stephen BrarenStephen Braren

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016

Working on Stress Relief

Stephen Braren's doctoral research investigates whether better control of stress could lead to more effective education.

Amber BrookmireAmber Brookmire

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

Outstanding Student

Bianca BrownBianca Brown

College: York College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017

Be It Barnacle or Fruit Fly, the Microbiome Is in Focus

Bianca Brown, now earning a doctorate at Brown University, investigates the relationship between creatures and the bacteria that live within them (like the bacteria in intestines) in changing environments.

Bennett CallaghanBennett 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 CammarataJoseph 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 CaputoKarissa 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-FulmerTheresa 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 CastroIrene Castro

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

Outstanding Student

Kyle ChaisKyle Chais

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

Medgar Evers Student Named 'Young Futurist'

Kyle Chais' novel, 'Nameless,' is cited

Catherine ChanCatherine Chan

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

Outstanding Student

Mitsy Chanel-BlotMitsy 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 ChenRu 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 ChenYueting 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 CheungWilliam 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 ChristieDane 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 ChuHowie 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.

Michael ClarkMichael Clark

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2017

LGBTI Research on Refugees in Kenyan Camps

Michael Clark heads to Kenya's sprawling refugee camps to assess the impact of anti-gay laws in other African countries that have turned countless thousands into migrants fleeing for their lives.

Ananda CohenAnanda Cohen

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

Outstanding Student

Amy ColonAmy 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 ConcepcionShara 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 CookTerry Cook

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

Terry D. Cook

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Giselle CorderoGiselle Cordero

College: Queens College
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2017

Learning to Become an Agent of Change

Giselle Cordero will explore the nuts and bolts of public policy as a New York City Urban Fellow, hoping to become a change agent for the powerless.

Josue CordonesJosue Cordones

College: Lehman College
Awards:,

Adding Up the Language of Math

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

Jennifer CornsJennifer Corns

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

Outstanding Student

Charlie CorredorCharlie 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 CulpepperJohnathan 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 CurellaChristine 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.

Brian DavisBrian Davis

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2016

Studying Sexual Identity Issues in Japan

Brian Davis, who had lived in Japan, returns there with a Fulbright grant to assess how attitudes toward LGBT people differ there and in the United States.

Matthew De AndradeMatthew 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 DelliCarpiniRebecca 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 DespodovaNikoleta 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 DesVignesSean 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 DetrowCatherine 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 DolorAaron 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 EbanksStephanie Ebanks

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

Outstanding Student

Hendia EdmundHendia 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 EdsonJulius 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 BakharAmal 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 EtienneVadricka 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 FaghmousJames 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 FeasterMoses 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 FeldmanDaniel 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 FernandezRobert 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 FisherRichard 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 FishmanZvi 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 FloresGabriel Flores

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

Outstanding Student

Julian FloresJulian Flores

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

Outstanding Student

Sebastian FrancoSebastian Franco

College: Baruch College
Awards:Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship, 2016; New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2016

Studying Germany to Help Staten Island

Sebastian Franco is committed to helping his home borough through better public policy, and a rare fellowship to Germany offers unique perspectives on how to make that happen.

Leah FredmanLeah 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 FriedmanDaniel 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 FulmerAndrew 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 GanleyBecky Ganley

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

Outstanding Student

Krystal GarciaKrystal Garcia

College: Lehman College
Awards:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2016

Sayonara Lehman, Hello Japan

Krystal Garcia, wooed by anime and manga as a youngster, can't resist studying Japanese, and may head into a career in computer animation, herself.

Yekaterina GarmashYekaterina 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 GelbIlana 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 GildeaTara 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 GinzbergMiriam Ginzberg

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

Miriam B. Ginzberg

Goldwater Scholar 2007

Ilirjan GjonbalajIlirjan 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 GomezDon 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.

Anival GonzalezAnival Gonzalez

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Awards:Telemundo Scholarship, 2010

Outstanding Student

Lina GonzalezLina 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 GordonSimone 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 GrantPatrice Grant

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

Outstanding Student

Lana GuardoLana Guardo

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

Outstanding Student

Belen Guerra-CarrilloBelen 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 HahnJaeseung 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 HaltaufderhydeKirk 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 HansrodHumaira 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 HarrisStephen 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 HatcherJasmine 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 HazanAriela 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 HirshJoseph 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 HixonBen 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 HoJohnson 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.

Tao HongTao Hong

College: Queensborough Community College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2017; Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2017; 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar, 2017; 2017 Phi Theta Kappa All New York Team Award, 2017; National Science Foundation-2017Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, 2016; 2016 Gold medal at American Chemical Society-Long Island Section 16th Chemistry Challenge, 2016; 2015-16 New York State Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC) Award for Excellence in Mathematics, 2016; 2017 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholarship, 2017

From Hardly a ‘Hello' to Studying for a Ph.D. in Science

Tao Hong heads into a career in science and mathematics, which he sees as the key to unlocking the world around us.

John HorganJohn 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 HornMeryl 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 HueChristopher 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 IraniKayhan 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.

Jibreel JallohJibreel Jalloh

College: Baruch College
Awards:New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2017; Edward T. Rogowsky CUNY DC Internship, 2017

Law School Is in Sight for One Purpose - Public Service

Jibreel Jalloh, the son of African immigrants, draws on experiences ranging from survivors of Sierra Leone's civil war to interning in the state Legislature and the House of Representatives as he studies how to make society more just.

Caley JohnsonCaley 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 JoirisCeline 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 KaLarisa 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 KalasapudiLakshman Kalasapudi

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

Outstanding Student

David KanbergsDavid Kanbergs

College: Hunter College
Awards:Beinecke Scholarship, 2016; U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies grant, 2016

He Digs Anthropology and Arabic

David Kanbergs foresees a career teaching, conducting research and perhaps translating literature after earning a doctorate in Arabic language and literature.

Ember Kane-LeeEmber 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 KapkayevIskander 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 KennedyDaniel Kennedy

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:,

Daniel Kennedy

Scholarship to Clare College of Cambridge University

Jemila KesterJemila 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 KhanRazia Khan

College: Queens College
Awards:,

Making the Numbers Work

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

Umussahar KhatriUmussahar 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 KilawanKamelia Kilawan

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

Outstanding Student

Evgeniya KimEvgeniya 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 KimJoyce 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 KingsleyLaura Kingsley

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

Outstanding Student

Sophie KnowlesSophie Knowles

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

Outstanding Student

Therese KobangheTherese 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 KofmanShanna Kofman

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

Outstanding Student

Diane KolackDiane 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 KoStanley Ko

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

Outstanding Student

Nicola KriefallNicola 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 KrivogorskayaYekatarina Krivogorskaya

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

Yekatarina Krivogorskaya

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Adele KudishAdele Kudish

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

Outstanding Student

Daniel KulakowskiDaniel 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 KuperbergArielle Kuperberg

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

Arielle Kuperberg

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2005

Igor LabutovIgor 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 LakerYehoshua 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 LarinaEkaterina 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 LeePatrick 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 LeidLucy Leid

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

Outstanding Student

Ellen LeitmanEllen 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 LeongErica 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 LevinJake 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 LevitanSarah 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 LevitesRoman Levites

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

Outstanding Student

Tamar LichterTamar Lichter

College: Macaulay Honors College | Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2016

Can Math Applications Add Up to World Peace?

Tamar Lichter contributes to ongoing peace research, while interning at Google on natural language processing and considering a doctorate in pure mathematics.

Philip LiuPhilip 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 LockermanYitzchak Lockerman

College: Queens College
Awards:Goldwater Scholarship, 2009

Computer Whiz

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

Maisha LopaMaisha Lopa

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

Outstanding Student

Jamel LoveJamel 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.

Claire LynchClaire Lynch

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Truman Scholarship, 2017

Speaking the Language(s) on a Path to Aiding Refugees

Claire Lynch intends to apply her experience in grassroots advocacy and public policy, together with her growing fluency in Arabic and Spanish, to the needs of immigrants and refugees.

Kevin MaganaKevin 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 ManalangAudrey Manalang

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

Speaking Out

Lehman speech pathology major gets scholarship to Columbia University

Alyssa MarchettiAlyssa 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 MarcusAndrew 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 MarkJasmine Mark

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

Outstanding Student

Jason MartinezJason 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 MartinKemone Martin

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

Outstanding Student

Faiza MasoodFaiza Masood

College: Hunter College
Awards:Marshall Scholarship, 2017

Learning What We Don't Know About Islamic Law

Faiza Masood intends to use her Marshall Scholarship to earn master's degrees in Islamic Studies and Islamic law at London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

Stephen MaStephen 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 MasubNatasha 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.

Linda MathewLinda Mathew

College: Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2016

Ready to Wander the World - Teaching English

Linda Mathew wants to teach her way around the world, starting with a Fulbright to Thailand.

Cheryl MazzeoCheryl Mazzeo

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

Outstanding Student

Michael McDonaldMichael 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 MedinaXavier 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 MehiganJoshua 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.

Solomon MensahSolomon Mensah

College: City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016

Engineering First-World Health Care for the Third World

Solomon Mensah, deep in a bioengineering doctoral program at Northeastern University, has already set up a company that will design lower-cost, but sturdier, medical devices for use in poor countries.

Ryan MerolaRyan 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 MiesesAlexa Mieses

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

Outstanding Student

Cristina MihailescuCristina 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 MilioneGiovanni 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 MillsMelody 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 MolloyRobert 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 MontanoNicolas 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 MontesdeocaAndrea Montesdeoca

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

Outstanding Student

Andoni MourdoukoutasAndoni Mourdoukoutas

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016

He's Working on That Migraine for You

Antonios (Andoni) Mourdoukoutas seeks to treat chronic migraine headaches with just the right placement of external electrodes -- as determined by 3D computer modeling.

Valeria MuntValeria 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 NavasChristopher Navas

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

Outstanding Student

Kristina NavrazhinaKristina 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 NdukweKelechi 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 NegronChristopher 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.

Yvonne NgYvonne Ng

College: City College
Awards:Student Academy Award, 2017

Aftermath of a Nuclear ‘Kumo' in the First Film of a Trilogy

Yvonne Ng won a Student Academy Award silver medal for her thesis film, the first of three about diminishing the nuclear threat.

Lisette NievesLisette 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 NjauPhilipa 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 NormandEdna Normand

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

Outstanding Student

Arash NowbaharArash 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 OcranKwame Ocran

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

Outstanding Student

Evelyn OkekeEvelyn 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 OnaSamsiya 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 OrdonezDalila 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 OsorioJasmine Osorio

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

Outstanding Student

Ayodele OtiAyodele 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 OuWanmei 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 SolomonKarla 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 PangAnthony 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 PardloGregory 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 ParetzkyRaymond 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 ParisanoChristopher 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 ParzygnatArthur 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 PattisonEvangeleen 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 PeerJeffrey 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 PérezAnabel 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 PimentelSusybel 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 PowersChivon 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 PreciadoJessenia Preciado

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

Outstanding Student

Aniqua RahmanAniqua 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 RamosDanny 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.

Darnell ReedDarnell Reed

College: Bronx Community College
Awards:Phi Theta Kappa, 2016; Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholarship, 2016

No Quitting on Life, Now Law School Is in Sight

Darnell Reed, a survivor of dead-end jobs, turned a job in a copy room into the launchpad for higher education and the prospect of a legal career.

Denise ReynosoDenise Reynoso

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

Outstanding Student

Gareth RhodesGareth 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 RiggsRobert 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-DoriaEric Rios-Doria

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

Outstanding Student

Robin RobertsRobin 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 RodríguezLaura 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 RohdeBarukh 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 RosaAriela Rosa

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

Outstanding Student

Aleksey RuditskiyAleksey 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 RudshteynBen Rudshteyn

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

Outstanding Student

Benjamin RudshteynBenjamin 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 RumalaYisa 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 SalgueroCarolina 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 SamoylovaMiriam Samoylova

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

Outstanding Student

María Sánchez DíezMaría 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.

Elaine SandovalElaine Sandoval

College: Graduate Center
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2016

The Music Sounds Like Social Justice

Elaine Sandoval, a doctoral student, heads to Venezuela to see how its acclaimed system of music education incorporates indigenous music from the country's western plains, where Spanish, Indian and African cultures meet.

Jimena SantillanJimena 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.

Kristina SarkissyanKristina Sarkissyan

College: Baruch College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, 2017

Fluent in Three Languages -- and Business Management

Kristina Sarkissyan will perfect her knowledge of business-related Spanish during a rare federally sponsored internship in Mexico.

Therese Savery-ConnorsTherese Savery-Connors

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

Outstanding Student

Rachel SchnurRachel 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 ShearerBrian 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.

Alina ShenAlina Shen

College: Macaulay Honors College | CUNY Baccalaureate Degree
Awards:Critical Languages Scholarship, 2016; CUNY Making Work Visible Labor Arts Contest, 2016

Relearning Her Mother Tongue

Alina Shen, a child of Chinese immigrants, kicks her knowledge of Mandarin into a higher gear by studying it in Taiwan.

Eugene ShenderovEugene 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 SheridanKeelie 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 SibingaNathaniel 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 SimpkinsClaudio 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 SololaLukman 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 SpensieriCarla 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 StepinskiJan 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 StiversMichael Stivers

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

Outstanding Student

Jordan StockdaleJordan 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 StrangasMaria 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 SukhdeoChristie 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 SutjiptoAngglelia 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 SviridovLev 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 TanonJoshua 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 TasnimZarin 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 ThatcherSean 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 VillaMallory 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 ToseefTayyaba 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 TrinidadJoshua 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 TrinidadJoshua Trinidad

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

Outstanding Student

Susan TsangSusan 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 ValentinssonMary-Caitlyn Valentinsson

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

Outstanding Student

Shanik VasquezShanik Vasquez

College: Lehman College
Awards:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2016

From Ninja Anime to the Real Japan

Shanik Vasquez got interested in Japan through televised anime and, after a semester studying there, she sees a possible international career.

Jake VaynshteynJake 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

Angelina VolkovaAngelina Volkova

College: Hunter College
Awards:National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016

Searching for Microbes That Love To Eat Our Plastic Trash

Angelina Volkova will use bioinformatics -- computer analysis of biochemical and biological data -- in a doctoral search for plastic-eating bacteria.

George VourderisGeorge 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 WaddellCleveland Waddell

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

Outstanding Student

Hanifah WalidahHanifah 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 WanTony 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 WeekesTroy Weekes

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

Outstanding Student

David WeinbergerDavid 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.

John WetmoreJohn Wetmore

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards:Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2017

Spanish, Latin, Neuroscience, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Archaeology…

John Wetmore takes a gap year to teach English in Madrid before heading to graduate school in biostatistics.

Jamar WhaleyJamar 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

Alexandra WhittakerAlexandra Whittaker

College: Macaulay Honors College | City College
Awards:Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2017

Discovering an Artist Unknown in the U.S.

Alexandra Whittaker, who intends to become a photo curator, heads to Poland to research the "First Lady of Polish Photography" -- a woman virtually unknown in the United States -- who created art during and after World War II, when artists were viewed with suspicion by Nazi and communist authorities.

James WilliamsJames 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 WilsonReilly 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.

Christina WirsingChristina Wirsing

College: Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Awards:Phi Theta Kappa USA Today All-New York Academic Award, 2016; Transfer Achievement Scholarship at Hunter College, 2016

Master Teachers Inspire a Career Choice

Christina Wirsing is still friends with her second-grade teacher, an instant role model who put her on the path toward becoming an elementary school teacher, herself.

Marcin WisniewskiMarcin 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 XueVincent 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 YuJin-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 ZamarayevaAlla 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

Carlsky BelizaireStatic Row

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.