Record 16 CUNY Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

A record 16 CUNY students — 15 of whom earned undergraduate degrees at the University — have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for work toward their master’s or doctoral degrees. No public university in the Northeast has more students or alumni who have won more of these coveted fellowships.

“CUNY students are competing at the highest levels for the most prominent awards; they are winning funding for their educational advancement, building on the support of the world-class faculty,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

He noted that the growing external recognition of CUNY’s science students reflects the impact of a surge in the University’s investment in the sciences. “The Decade of Science, launched in 2005, is a $2 billion project for programs and facilities aimed at catapulting City University of New York into the top echelons of science research and education.”

The NSF winners get three years of support worth up to $121,500 for advanced, research-based study in computer and information science, engineering, life sciences, and the physical, behavioral and certain social sciences.

Here are the CUNY winners and their tentative academic plans:

Deborah Opeyemi Ayeni (City College, 2011) is studying pharmacology and experimental pathology at Yale University; Vivienne Francesca Baldassare (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2012) is heading to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, to study astronomy and astrophysics; Theresa Lynn Carranza-Fulmer (City College, 2011) is studying magetospheric physics, a branch of geosciences, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Charlie Corredor (City College, 2009) is studying chemical engineering at the University of Washington.

Zvi Hershel Fishman (City College, 2010) is studying neurosciences at Columbia University; Andrew Goldklank Fulmer, now working toward a doctorate in comparative cognition at the CUNY Graduate Center; Belén Carolina Guerra-Carrillo (Baruch College, 2010) will begin graduate work in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California-Berkeley in fall 2012; Jaeseung Hahn (Macaulay Honors College at City College, 2012) has not yet chosen where to study biomedical engineering; Kirk Donald Haltaufderhyde (York College, 2011) is studying biomedical engineering at Brown University; Christopher Donald Hue (Macaulay Honors College at City College, 2008) is studying biomedical engineering at Columbia University.

Jemila Caplan Kester (City College, 2010) is studying microbiology at Harvard University; Stephen Ma (Macaulay Honors College at City College, 2011) is studying chemical engineering at the University of Delaware; Carolina Salguero (Hunter College, 2011) is studying structural biology at Harvard University; Jimena Santillan (Hunter College, 2012) is heading to the University of Oregon, Eugene, to study cognitive neuroscience; Christie Anne Sukhdeo (City College, 2011) will enroll at the University of New Orleans to study ecology; Vincent Xue (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2012) will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study genomics.

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