Three City College Seniors Named 2014 Salk Scholars

Shah Nawaz Chaudhary, Ariel Karten and Rebecca Moore, members of The City College of New York’s Class of 2014, have been selected to receive the 2014 Jonas E. Salk Scholarship awarded by The City University of New York (CUNY).

For the second year running, City College received more Salk awards among CUNY institutions. It had four winners in 2013.

Salk Scholarships provide a stipend of $8,000 per scholar, to be appropriated over three or four years of medical studies. The awards recognize the high ability and scholarship of students who plan careers in medicine and the biological sciences, and who are judged likely to make significant contributions to medicine and research. Honorees are selected on the basis of original research papers undertaken with prominent scientist/mentors.

  • Mr. Chaudhary is graduating from The City College Honors Program with a BS in biology. He will attend the New York Institute of Technology-College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his studies there, he intends to pursue research in neurology and genetics.
  • Mr. Karten, who is in the Macaulay Honors College at City College, is a dual major in biology and psychology. He will attend Stony Brook University School of Medicine and plans to study neuroimaging.
  • Ms. Moore will graduate with a BS/MS in biology and history. She will enroll in Princeton University’s molecular biology PhD program in the fall. Her research focuses on RNA and protein biogenesis.

The scholarship is named for Dr. Jonas Salk, a 1934 graduate of City College, who developed the first polio vaccine in 1955. Dr. Salk turned down a tickertape parade in honor of his discovery, and asked that the money be used for scholarships instead. New York City provided initial funding for the scholarships that year.

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

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