June 6, 2016

Macaulay Students Win Prestigious Awards and Academic Honors to Advance Their Studies

Macaulay Honors College congratulates its 30 students and alumni who have claimed highly competitive and merit-based awards and scholarships in 2016. Three alumni have won Fulbright awards; three Macaulay students claimed the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the seventh consecutive year; and one Macaulay student will receive funds from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for graduate studies. Macaulay students’ achievements underscore their ambition, focus and achievement in areas ranging from public policy, to academic research to community service.

The Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S.

Winnie Shen ’18 (Hunter College), a Chinese and political science double major, will enroll in classes the first semester at Nanjing University; and in the second semester she will have an internship and learn what it’s like to work in China.

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange

The CBYX is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress that annually selects and provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts in a cultural immersion program.

Jonah Garnick ’16 has always wanted to study in Germany, and declined a Coro Fellowship award to realize his dream. He will study German practices in urban planning and sustainability.

Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is an intensive overseas language study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Alexandra Ehrreich ’18 (John Jay College) is a criminal justice major who is interested in human rights law. She is traveling to Amman, Jordan and will study Arabic.

Alina Shen ’17 (City College) will travel to Taiwan and will study Mandarin. Her major is public policy and ethnic studies.

Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust

The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951.  The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards.

Daniela Mikhaylov ’17 (Hunter College) has a double major in biology and music. She has been admitted, as an undergraduate junior, to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Fulbright Program

Regarded as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the world, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. The Fulbright has helped to nurture 43 Nobel laureates since its founding in 1946.

Yvette Deane ’15 (Queens College) received a Fulbright grant to create her own project at Hebrew University where she will study how Israeli university students are taught about the conflict and whether that has changed over time.

Leanne Tory-Murphy ’15 (Hunter College) received a Fulbright award to complete an oral history project exploring migration in the Mediterranean, where she will be studying at the University of Palermo, Sicily.

Karen Du ’15 (Hunter College) has received an English Teaching Assistant award from Fulbright and will be teaching English and American values in Taiwan.

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Saffia Rahimtoola ’17 (City College) majors in digital design and will be studying in Florence, Italy.

Lubna Rahmani ’17 (Baruch College) will spend the summer studying in Kyoto, Japan; her major is international business.

Christine Zhou ’17 (Baruch College), a public affairs major, used her Gilman Scholarship to study in Dublin, Ireland earlier in the academic year.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Exceptionally competitive, the 30-year-old Goldwater Scholarship program's goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Paulina Librizzi ’17 (City College), who is a chemical engineering major, wants to conduct research in nanotechnology and materials science. She would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Material Science and to teach at the university level.

Tamar Lichter ’17 (Queens College), who is a mathematics major, wants to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics and to conduct research and teach at the university level.

Ellianna Schwab ’17 (City College), who is a physics major, hopes to conduct research on the magnetic signatures of black holes and nearby accretion disk plasma. She would like to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics and to run a diverse research collaborative at a university.

Goldwater Honorable Mention:

Naomi Gaggi ’16 (College of Staten Island) and Jacob Hamer ’17 (Hunter College). 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.

Antonios “Andoni” Mourdoukoutas ’16 (City College) research interests are in neural engineering, specifically stimulation for the correction of neurological disorders. The bioengineering major, who is also CCNY’s 2016 valedictorian speaker, plans to attend the joint Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley-U.C., San Francisco.

NSF Honorable Mentions:

Pavel Shapturenka ’16 (City College), Kevin Vu ’16 (City College) and alumna Lucinda C. Zawadzki ’15 (College of Staten Island).

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

PPIA’s stated goal is to prepare high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds for graduate programs and leadership roles in public service, “to ensure that the policies being made on a national and global level are reflective of the needs of all kinds of people.”

Joy Nuga ’17 (Hunter College) will spend the summer of 2016 completing intensive studies in economics, statistics, domestic/international policy and leadership development at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. She is an economics major.

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Program, in conjunction with the Department of State, prepares outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service. It promotes a positive U.S. presence in the world that reflects and respects the strength and diversity of America.

Carlsky Belizaire ’15 (Queens College) recently returned from Taiwan where he completed his Fulbright award as an English Teaching Assistant. He will pursue a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University.

The CUNY Jonas E. Salk Scholarship

CUNY created the Salk program in 1955 to honor Dr. Jonas E. Salk, the 1934 graduate of City College who discovered the polio vaccine. 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.

Alex Bonilla’s ’16 (City College) major is biomedical engineering, and he plans to attend Harvard Medical School.

Danielle Cohen's ’16 (Queens College) major is neuroscience, and she plans to attend the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Muhddesa Lakhana’s ’16 (City College) major is biology, and she plans to attend the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Christos Mouzakitis’ ’16 (Queens College) major is neuroscience, and he plans to attend SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Jennifer Zagelbaum’s ‘15 (Hunter College) majored in biology and she plans to attend Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

NYC Urban Fellows Program

The NYC Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship designed to introduce America's finest college students and graduates to local government and public service. The program combines work in mayoral offices and city agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy.

Jake Levin ’16 (Brooklyn College), a political science major, is also a Truman Scholar. He founded and organized TEDxCUNY, the largest among public universities.

Thomas Rachko, Jr. ’15 (Hunter College), who majored in history, currently works as an advocate with the Urban Justice Center in East Harlem, assisting those who receive public benefits.

Jeannette K. Watson Award

The Watson Fellowship is a three-year program that provides summer internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising students from New York City partner institutions.

Rebecca Baron ’18 (Brooklyn College) is a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. She hopes to be a pediatrician

Robert Gullery’s ’18 (Hunter College) major is biology with a minor in Human Rights. He hopes to become a physician, with a focus on public health, education and policy.

Jonathan Penuela ’19 (John Jay College) is a political science major who is interested in domestic public policy; he will travel to Detroit and Flint, Michigan this summer.

Jaclyn Williams ’19 (City College) is an international studies major with interests in national security and social justice. She also is a scholar-athlete on the CCNY women’s track and field team.

Yenching Scholarship

The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the world through an interdisciplinary Master’s program in China Studies for outstanding  graduates from all over the globe.

Ariel Yardeni ’16 (Hunter College) a Chinese studies major, will be making her third visit to China in this fully-funded residential Yenching Academy program. She will join young people from all over the world who will gain a nuanced understanding of China.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Finally, Macaulay alumus Cesar Andrade ’14 (Lehman College) has been awarded $200,000 in scholarships to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, allowing him to graduate debt-free. The annual tuition at Mt. Sinai is $46,388, but the scholarship money will considerably ease Cesar’s financial burden. He wants to pursue a career as a primary care physician who works with underserved populations and conducts research addressing healthcare disparities.









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