Graduate School News 



2017 Stony Brook Graduate Award Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of our annual student, staff, and faculty awards.These awards celebrate excellence and achievement in areas from teaching and research to leadership and service, and the winners represent the very best of Stony Brook.







Anthony Teets Q&A: Learning from Feedback, Finding Balance

Dr. Anthony Teets, a recent graduate from Stony Brook University’s Department of English and 2016 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, is a part-time lecturer in Stony Brook’s writing program and managing editor for the Cambridge University Press journal Victorian Literature and Culture. In this interview Teets discusses his approach to teaching and pedagogy.





Elise Lauterbur Q&A: From Statistics to Field Methods, Designing Courses Around Active Learning

Elise Lauterbur, a PhD candidate in Stony Brook University’s Department of Ecology and Evolution, uses computational and genomic techniques to study adaptation and demographic changes in at-risk species. In the following interview, she discusses her approach to pedagogy and course design.





Michelle Ho Q&A: Turning Difference into Strength, Striking Balance

Michelle H. S. Ho, a PhD candidate in Cultural Analysis and Theory, is a recipient of the 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. In this interview with Francisco Delgado, Michelle speaks to the struggles of being an international instructor, experiences that have influenced her pedagogy.





Stony Brook Hosts Three Minute Thesis Competition

Stony Brook University hosted a 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on March 31, with 15 graduate students across the university participating. Zoya Vallari (Physics and Astronomy) won the competition with Rajapillai Pillai, (Neuroscience) taking second place; third place went to Elizabeth Trimber (Psychology). The People’s Choice Award, voted on by the audience, was a three-way tie involving Trimber, Vallari, and Pratik Kumar (Chemistry).





Understanding How Domestic Violence (Re)Shapes Identity: A Conversation with Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims, a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook’s Department of Philosophy, received the 2016-17 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for her work developing a therapeutic approach to help victims of domestic violence. In this interview, Sims discusses the value of interdisciplinary work, her concept of “existential captivation,” and how applying for the AAUW American Fellowship helped hone her research focus.





Stony Brook Alumna Nichole S. Prescott Joins UT System

Stony Brook alumna Dr. Nichole S. Prescott, History ’15, joined the University of Texas System in December 2016 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, P16 Initiatives. Prescott has a lead role in framing and implementing the Texas Prospect Initiative, the Chancellor’s Quantum Leap, which is designed to strengthen the preschool through college education pipeline and enhance college readiness for Texas students.





Forging a Stronger Education Pipeline: a Conversation with Nichole S. Prescott

In this interview Stony Brook alumna Dr. Nichole S. Prescott, History ’15, discuss her work, her own experiences as a student from an under-resourced high school, and how her work as a historian informs her work as an educator and administrator.





Charles Taber Awarded for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Charles Taber, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities.





Power, Access, and Representation: a Conversation with Eva Boodman

Eva Boodman, a PhD candidate in Stony Brook’s Department of Philosophy, will discuss her work teaching at Rikers Island on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The talk, which is open to the public, begins at 4:00 pm in Humanities Building 1008. Boodman’s lecture is titled “Wrestling with Knowledge and Power on Rikers Island.”





Immigration Policy under the New Administration: Resources for Graduate Students

At Stony Brook University, we know that a diversity of people and ideas is essential to our mission as an institution of higher learning. Our strength is in our diversity, and we are proud to be a part of an international community of scholars.





New Course Offered Spring '17: Introduction to Science Policy for STEM

The Introduction to Science Policy for STEM GRD-520 course provides students with a better understanding of the science, technology and innovation (STI) concepts used in developing effective policies. This 1-credit-hour course is designed to teach engineering and science graduate students the main concepts in science, technology and innovation policy.





Jennifer Albanese Q&A: The Power of Revision

Jennifer Albanese is Director of Stony Brook University’s Writing Center and a senior lecturer in the Writing and Rhetoric Program. She has developed writing courses for the Chemistry Department’s graduate program as well as the Center for Communicating Science.





2016 Distinguished Doctoral Awards: Student Profiles

Matthew Gilbert (English), Luisa Escobar Hoyos (Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology), Jue Liu (Chemistry), Wolfger Peelaers (Physics), and Mao Zeng (Physics) are the 2016 recipients of the Stony Brook University’s Distinguished Doctoral Student Award. In the following profiles, they discuss their work and research – and how their time at Stony Brook has prepared them for their next steps.





2016 Graduate Student-Postdoc Photo Contest Winners Announced

Nicole Bender, a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology & Evolution won the contest with a photograph of Adélie penguins on a recently flipped iceberg near Brown Bluff, on the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Nicole Hebdon, a MFA student in Creative Writing, and Daniel McCarthy, an Ecology & Evolution master’s student, shot the other two top submissions.





Colin West Q&A: Quantum Physics, Science Fiction, and Saying Yes

Colin West, a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, is one of two International FameLab competitors from Stony Brook. The national final is in Washington, DC, May 13.





Steven Jaret Q&A: Planetary Science, Impact Craters, and Policing Jargon

Steven Jaret, a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook’s Department of Geosciences, is one of two finalists from Stony Brook competing in the International FameLab national finals in Washington, DC, on Friday, May 13.





Graduate Students & Stress: A Careful Balancing Act

Graduate students and administrators alike acknowledge the heavy lifting graduate students face when considering academics, work, and personal life. This article addresses concerns and provides suggestions for dealing with the ongoing stress of graduate school.





2016 Stony Brook Graduate Student-Postdoc Photo Contest: Show Us What Inspires You!

The Stony Brook University Graduate School, along with the School of Professional Development, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) and the Office for the Integration of Research, Education and Professional Development (IREP), is pleased to announce the first annual Graduate Student-Postdoc Photo Contest. Submissions are due Sunday, May 1, 2016.





Stony Brook Graduate Student Organization to Host NAGPS Regional, National Conferences

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and Stony Brook University are pleased to announce that Stony Brook will host the 2016 National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) Regional Conference in April and the 30th Anniversary NAGPS National Conference in November.





Nadya Dimitrov Q&A: Teaching Patients to Be Better, Students to Be More

“Nadya Dimitrov is the assistant director of Stony Brook’s Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master’s Program. A 1975 graduate of what was then Stony Brook’s physician associate program, she developed physician assistant job roles in New York City hospitals and out-patient settings for 10 years before deciding to pursue a specialty in podiatry. A lifelong learner and clinical teacher, Dr. Dimitrov wanted to focus more explicitly on teaching, which brought her back to Stony Brook in 2007 to join the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Education.




Financial Workshop

Don’t Go Broke Getting your Master’s: Strategies for Managing Finances in Graduate School

“Don’t Go Broke Getting Your Master’s” workshop strengthens students’ financial know-how when it comes to loans, repayment, and credit.




Justin and Hilary-IDPAS

Through Collaboration, IDPAS Students Expand Bounds of Global Archaeological Community

Hilary Duke and Justin Pargeter, both PhD candidates in Stony Brook’s Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS), have forged significant collaborations across the university and the global archaeological community through their shared interest in stone-tool technologies. Now, they are expanding the bounds of that global archaeological community with an interactive website providing educational resources to students around the world.


Hilary Duke Q&A: Understanding the Past through Objects Shaped by Human Hands

Hilary Duke is a PhD candidate in Stony Brook’s Interdepartmental Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS). Her research investigates the origins of the unique human ability to transform the shapes of raw materials. 


Justin Pargeter Q&A: Rewriting Past Narratives 

Justin Pargeter is a PhD candidate in Stony Brook’s Brook’s Interdepartmental Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS). His research investigates the relationship between climate change, technology and hunter-gatherer behavioral variability.


GRF RecipientsGraduate Students Bring Hands-on Science Education to Area Elementary Schools

Melinda Rucks and Katherine Shirley, doctoral candidates in Stony Brook’s Department of Geosciences, launched a new initiative, Graduates for Education and Outreach (GEO), to bring hands-on science education to young learners. GEO volunteers piloted the first program last spring at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School; with additional funding and support, they hope to expand the program to additional schools.


GRF Recipients

Graduate Student Advocates Bridge Gap Between Students, University Administration

The Graduate School and the School of Professional Development are pleased to welcome new Masters Student Advocate Ann Levy. She joins second-term Doctoral Student Advocate Zahra Ebrahimi, and her tenure marks a significant expansion in both the size and scope of the GSA Office as it strives to better serve the needs of all graduate students. (Pictured: Zahra Ebrahimi, Ann Levy)




GRF Recipients

IREP Office Welcomes External Fellowships Advisor, Jen Green

The Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development (IREP) Office is pleased to introduce Jennifer Green as its first campus-wide External Fellowships Advisor.





GRF Recipients

Ecology & Evolution Student Attends 65th Annual Nobel Laureate Meeting

Laurel Yohe, a PhD candidate in Stony Brook University’s Department of Ecology and Evolution, attended the 65th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer. Yohe was one of 54 top graduate students selected to represent the United States at the meeting. Her research focuses on the molecular evolution of olfactory and vomeronasal receptors in bats.




GRF Recipients

Laurel Yohe Q&A: Bat Senses, Smell, and New Ways of Seeing

Laurel Yohe, a PhD candidate in Stony Brook University’s Department of Ecology and Evolution, attended the 65th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer. In the following Q&A, she discusses her research, which focuses on the molecular evolution of olfactory and vomeronasal receptors in bats, and highlights from the 65th Annual Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. 





SBU Teaches: Seeking Knowledge, Finding Ways to Know

Whatever your fundamental understanding of teaching – as an art, or a science, or even as performance – good teaching requires tremendous dedication and hard work. At Stony Brook University, we have extraordinary teachers. And our teachers, faculty and graduate students alike, are committed to equipping their students to bridge the divide between theory and practice while instilling confidence, courage, and hope. 





SBU’s Technology, Policy, and Innovation Program Celebrates First Graduates

Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society celebrated this year the first Ph.D. graduates from its Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI) program, new in 2009. Sreekanth Mallikarjun graduated in December 2014; Krista Thyberg and Duo Shang graduated in May 2015.  




SBU Graduation

Four Students Earn Fulbright Grants, Tie University Record

Four Stony Brook University students, all New York natives, earned prestigious Fulbright grants for 2015-16 — doctoral candidate Erica Mukherjee, graduate students Allyssa Schoenemann and Masra Shameem, and undergraduate Michelle Chiarappa. 

The highly competitive Fulbright Program, created by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides grants annually for international research and teaching in an effort to foster global partnership and cultural exchange.


SBU Graduation

Distinguished Doctoral Awards: Student Profiles

The five recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Doctoral Student Award represent the breadth and depth of the research Stony Brook University students undertake. From new types of therapeutics for cancer and diabetes to the necessary role of visual arts in American literary realism, their work changes the way we live, and the way we see and understand the world.

In the following profiles Brian Feinstein (Psychology), Zack Foda (Molecular & Cellular Biology), Anna Plonka (Geosciences), Brandi So (English), and Megan Tudor (Psychology) discuss their work, their experiences at Stony Brook, and what lies ahead after graduation.


SBU Graduation

Distinguished Doctoral Awards Colloquium To Be Held May 20

Please join us Monday, May 20, 2015, for the Graduate School’s Distinguished Doctoral Awards Colloquium.
The event, which begins at 1:00 PM in the Humanities Building’s Room 1008/1009, honors the five recipients of the President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students and provides a forum for them to present their research to the community. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 



GRF Recipients

 Renowned Poet Christian Formoso Concludes Spring 2015 Provost’s Grad Student Lecture Series

Formoso, a Ph.D. candidate in the Hispanic Languages and Literature Department, will conclude the spring 2015 Provost’s Graduate Student Lecture Series with a talk titled “Heterotopias in the Magellan Space: From Armas to the Utopia of the Antarctic and the Kawésqar Flag.” The talk, which begins at 3:00 pm in the Humanities Institute, Room 1008, will explore representations of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra Del Fuego regions as heterotopia, or other space, and how many of these representations – in poems, maps, and other documents – supported the dominant political project of the moment while others opened a path toward social justice..


GRF Recipients

10 Stony Brook University Students Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Front row: Andrea Bruck (Chemistry), Elizabeth Marie Berrigan (Physics), Katharine Thompson (Anthropology), Megan Finsaas (Psychology). Middle row: Ashleigh Lussenden (Neuroscience), Susan Brennan (Faculty Advisor).

Back row: Jesse Aaron Brizzi (Computer Science), Matthew Martin Huie (Materials Engineering), Spencer Saraf (SOMAS), Allison Frost (Psychology), and Wilka T. Carvalho (Neuroscience). Not pictured: Cindy Leiton (CIE Advisor). Photo courtesy of Brian Smith.