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New York, NY– (May 29, 2013).  For the third consecutive year, Macaulay Honors College has claimed a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholar among the 15 students to receive an array of highly competitive, merit-based awards–from the Watson Fellowship and Fulbright Program to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  Together, the impressive distinctions conferred upon Macaulay’s top students this year underscore their rigor, ambition and achievement in areas ranging from community leadership and academic research to science and medicine.

“This is a banner year for our students,” said University Dean Ann Kirschner.  “Macaulay Honors College prepares some of the most intellectually curious and high-performing students in the country.  Their industry and determination have earned an exceptionally high level of recognition this year.  Deeply gratified that their work has received these honors, we applaud our exceptional young people.”

The recently announced 2013 awards received by Macaulay Honors College students include the premier undergraduate award in science, engineering and math, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.  Exceptionally competitive, the 49-year-old program restricts universities to nominating just four undergraduates for consideration each year.  Awardees must have the potential to make significant contributions to their fields.  This year, three Macaulay students have been admitted into the Fulbright Program, also regarded as one the most prestigious awards programs in the world.  The Fulbright has helped to nurture 43 Nobel laureates since its founding in 1946.

Macaulay Honors College now boasts four 2013 acceptances into the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which drew over 13,000 applications this year alone and granted 2,000 of the coveted national awards.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.   In addition, three Macaulay students have received the Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, joining the ranks of remarkable medical and science students at the City University of New York.  The Salk program was created in 1955 to honor Dr. Jonas E. Salk, the 1934 graduate of City College who discovered the polio vaccine. Highly selective, the Salk Scholarship identifies students entering the fields of medicine and the biological sciences who are most likely to make an impact on medicine and research. A total of eight awards are given out annually. The candidates are evaluated by a committee of Salk alumni on the faculty of Einstein Medical College.  A full list of Macaulay’s award-winning students for 2013 is included below.


Coro Fellowship

Kyle Athayde ‘13 Macaulay at Hunter


Critical Language Scholarship (China)

Hunter Gross ’15 Macaulay at Hunter


The Fulbright Program

Ivana Mellers ’12 Macaulay at Hunter

Jaimie Stettin ’11 Macaulay at Hunter/CUNY BA

Madeline Yap ’13 Macaulay at Queens


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Kristina Navrazhina ’14 Macaulay at Hunter


National Science Foundation Awards

Philip Liu ’12, Macaulay at City

Christopher J. Parisano ’08 Macaulay at Queens

Aleksey Ruditskiy ‘ 12 Macaulay at City

Jan Dominik Stepinski ’13 Macaulay at City


Princeton in Latin America

Ayodele Oti ’12 Macaulay at City


Jonas E. Salk Scholarship

Mizanur Ahmed ’13, Macaulay at Brooklyn

Anna Groysman ’13 Macaulay at Brooklyn

Emma Schatoff ’13 Macaulay at City


Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

Alison Wong ’15 Macaulay at Lehman


About Macaulay Honors College


Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself.   Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and a $7,500 Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities.  A Cultural Passport provides access to museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, see

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