Student Honors

Top Science Presentations

Four LaGuardia Community College students — Wendkuune Zinkone, Andres Perez, Layla Quinones and Laura Aguilera — received top awards for poster presentations based on their complex, significant scientific research at the nationwide Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Zinkone described her research on how sex hormones influence macrophages’ response to infectious diseases. Perez explained his research on the neural basis of vocal learning in songbirds, which can help researchers gain insight into how human babies learn language. Quinones and Aguilera outlined their study on osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease that results in fragile bones.

Fellowship for Law Grad



CUNY Law 2010 graduate Shirley Lin was selected for a 2011 Skadden Fellowship, a national program established by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to enable law graduates to pursue public interest work. For her two-year fellowship, Lin will work at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, providing legal representation and advocacy on behalf of low-wage Asian immigrant workers.

Winning Computer Software Yosef Skolnick, a graduate student in the Brooklyn College computer science program, shared in the first prize at a prestigious computer competition sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Skolnick was part of a four-person team including students from other colleges that won first place in the competition’s “Most Useful” category for designing software for a keyboard that thwarts keylogging, or covert tracking of computer users.

From Lehman to London



His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, royal patron of The St. George’s Society of New York, presented Shireen Frederick, a Lehman alumna and native of Antigua, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Mountbatten Institute for postgraduate studies in London. Frederick, a past recipient of a St. George’s Society scholarship, graduated from Lehman last spring with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She will pursue a certificate in international business and receive a paid, one-year internship in financial services in London.

Gilman International Scholars

FIFteen students representing seven CUNY colleges were named winners of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for 2011. The program, operated by the Institute of International Education, offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. CUNY winners are Norhan Basuni, Aaron Dolor, Nicholas Echevarria, Wai Ling Kan, Jesse King, Athena Kurry, Catherine Mandler, Rachel McCroy, Saira Mohammad, Ayodele Oti, Roberto Peredo, Tabassum Rahman, Gareth Rhodes, Joann Ruiz and Heng Yi Yip. For more details, go to www.