CUNY STUDENTS AND ALUMNI WIN NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Nine students and alumni of The City University of New York have won $114,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and five more won honorable mentions.

Chancellor James B. Milliken said: “The remarkable achievements of CUNY’s students and alumni speak to the high quality education in STEM disciplines they receive at The City University of New York.  CUNY students study with professors who prepare them well for important careers in research that can benefit society as a whole.”

The winners are:

Monica Vanessa Avilez of Lehman College, whose award is in biological anthropology.
Ioannis (John) Eugenis, graduate of Brooklyn College, whose award is in bioengineering; now at Stanford University.
Stanley Ko, graduate of City College, whose award is in marine geology and geophysics, now at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
Emily Lau, 2018 graduate of Hunter College, whose award is in organismal biology.​
Tamar Lichter, 2017 graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, who received an NSF honorable mention in 2017. Her award is in algebra, number theory and combinatorics; now at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She won a 2016 federal Goldwater Scholarship.
Lizhi Liu, graduate of City College, whose award is in systems and molecular biology; now at Columbia University.
Roland Maio, 2018 graduate of City College, whose award is in machine learning; to attend Columbia University..
Tannuja Devi Rozario, graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, whose award is in sociology; now at theUniversity of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Mary Regis Shanley, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, whose award is in neurosciences; her undergraduate work was at Northeastern University.

Those receiving honorable mention are:

Allegra N. DePasquale, 2017 graduate of Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, whose field is in biological anthropology.
Lisa Valenti, graduate of Brooklyn College, whose field is ecology; now at University of Pennsylvania.
Mohammad Alam, graduate of Hunter College, whose field is cell biology; now at Rockefeller University.
Donovan David Trinidad, graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, whose field is microbial biology; now at University of California – San Francisco.
Kelsey Niole Hom, now at the CUNY Graduate Center, whose field is neurosciences; her undergraduate work was at Brown University.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

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