Tag Archives: 2021 Senior Awards

Geevanesam Devakanmalai

Geevanesam Devakanmalai '21 (Lehman)

Geevanesam Devakanmalai ’21, called G by friends, is a Philosophy Major. She has accepted an offer at the University of Connecticut Storrs to pursue a PhD in Philosophy starting from Fall 2021. Originally on the Pre-amer track, she did research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in cancer immunotherapy and microbiology until her sophomore year. In Spring 2019, she took her first philosophy course, leading to her passion for the field. Throughout her first three years at Lehman College, she was heavily involved in campus activities, working at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions guiding students to apply to CUNY, organizing volunteering events for students as a Peer Educator, leading the campus Christian club in community service, and helping as a Peer Mentor in the Macaulay Bridge Program.

Once she graduates, Geevanesam plans on pursuing her PhD, going on to become a professor. With a strong interest in ethics, she is excited to work with Professor Lewis Gordon, a fellow Lehman Alum, at UConn to bring about global awareness and justice.

Kay Kelly

Kay Kelly '21 (City)

Kay Kelly ’21 graduates from the Colin Powell School of Social Sciences at the City College of New York. She has earned a BA in Anthropology with minors in Biology and Legal Studies. As a scholar in the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies, she plans to attend law school in the fall of 2022. She is excited to serve her alma mater by working in the Office of the Executive Counsel to the President of City College after graduation.

Within Macaulay Honors College, Kelly has been an active student leader. She was the Macaulay Scholars Council representative for the CCNY Class of 2021 and the Vice President of the Campus Affairs Committee. In that role, she served as the Chair of Club Council and a member of the MHC Reopening Task Force to prepare the school community for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her work as a club leader, orientation leader, and peer mentor, she was the Spring 2020 Student Life Intern. She has proudly played with the Macaulay Marauders Quidditch team, stage managed for Macaulay Theater Club, and spearheaded fundraising campaigns for student activities.

Carlos Perez-Valle

Carlos Perez Valle '21 (Lehman)

Carlos Pérez Valle ’21 is a Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology major with a minor in Early Childhood Education. He currently works as a Project Coordinator for the Office of Policy & Evaluation at the DOE and as a Project Researcher at the CUNY Iniative on Immigration & Education. He was a co-organizer of LCSLPs4BLM which advocated for equitable policies and practices for minoritized students at the Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman. A Horace W. Goldsmith scholar, his efforts also awarded him the Advocacy Award from the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Lehman Chapter,  the Speaking Out and Being Heard Award from NSSLHA, and the Susan May Wilson Price from the Lehman Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. In 2019, Carlos studied abroad at the Global Citizenship Alliance in Salzburg and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad at Copenhagen. He will continue his studies this Fall at McGill University with a fully-funded PhD at the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders under the supervision of Dr. Susan Rvachew.

Caitlin Cacciatore

Caitlin Cacciatore '21 (Baruch)

Caitlin Cacciatore ’21 is a soon-to-be Baruch graduate majoring in Artificial Intelligence Studies. She is also a published author. She won first prize in Bacopa Literary Review 2020 for poetry, as well as first prize in the Jerome L. Schulman Memorial Poetry Contest 2021, and first prize in the Harman Writer-in-Residence Fall 2020 Screenwriting Contest.

Caitlin also won second prize in the COVID Diaries essay-writing contest, and has been published in over a dozen literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was recently long-listed for an international poetry contest, the erbacce-prize.

After graduation, Caitlin plans to keep writing while pursuing a graduate degree.

Benjamin Reichman

Benjamin Reichman '21 (City)

Benjamin Reichman ’21 is a graduating Computer Engineering Major at CCNY. During his time at CCNY he conducted AI research in various labs. He worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on AI for emergency situations, at the CCNY Media Lab on medical image processing, and at MIT CSAIL on researching the use of AI for video anonymization. During his undergraduate career he published several scientific papers and abstracts and also received the Goldwater Scholarship and an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention. In the Fall he starts a Ph.D. in Machine Learning at Georgia Tech.

In addition to research, Benjamin devoted his time to organizing hackathons and tutoring fellow students. He led the organization of The CUNY Hackathon 2019 and 2021 with the backing of CUNY, Macaulay, and industry. Both attracted a combined 1,200 students across all of CUNY and led to weekends of inventing and collaboration. These efforts built a student organization that Benjamin hopes will continue organizing CUNY Hackathons to showcase student talent to industry.

Arie Monas

Arie Monas ’21 is an Economics major and Chemistry minor. He is very passionate about medicine, economics and the intersection between the two disciplines. Arie interned at the NYU Langone Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. At NYU, he worked on several research projects, one of which utilized amniotic fluid-derived multipotent stromal cells to ameliorate diabetic wound healing. The abstract he worked on was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open and was accepted for a podium presentation at the Plastic Surgery Research Council 2020 annual meeting in Canada where it was recognized amongst the top 30 highest rated abstracts out of 700.

In addition to his medical and scientific pursuits, Arie was a Peer Mentor at Brooklyn College for six semesters and a singles and doubles competitor for the Brooklyn College NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Team. Arie will be attending the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in the fall.

Anton Kryrylenko

Anton Kyrylenko '21 (Lehman)

Anton Kyrylenko ’21 is a Physics and Chemistry double major.  He started in a computational chemistry lab at Lehman College with Prof. Lopez. The research project was published to the Journal of Physical Chemistry on April 1st, 2021, titled as: “Design of Biomimetic Proton Wires Based on Helical Peptides: A Quantum Mechanical Study”. Anton was also an organic chemistry TA for Prof. Burton-Pye.

Anton took part of a physics research project on high energy cosmic rays at Lehman College with Prof. Anchordoqui as well. The work involved a semi-analytical model to predict the behavior of the high energy particles upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The project’s results were presented at the Lehman College 2020 Student Scholarship Showcase. Anton was awarded the 2020 Con-Edison Scholarship. He also took part of the CSURP 2020 at the ASRC. He worked with Dr. Alù on Drexhage’s Experiment for Sound and its applications to Acoustic Metamaterials.

Anton will continue his educational journey in photonics and metamaterials at the CUNY Physics PhD program starting in the Fall of 2021.

AnaCristina Bedoya

AnaCristina Bedoya '21 (Queens)

AnaCristina Bedoya ’21 is a Neuroscience and Psychology double major at Macaulay Queens. She is currently a mentor supervisor at Queens College’s First Year Experience, a program designed to help freshman and transfer students excel at Queens College through peer-based academic support. The child of Colombian immigrants, AnaCristina studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain during Summer 2019 to closely study her native tongue.

AnaCristina has been involved in developmental neuropsychological research in the Nomura Lab since July 2017. She has contributed to eight posters and two manuscripts. Her research was funded by the Opportunities Fund’s Morin Engineering and STEM Scholarship. This semester, she has been honored with the Dr. Andrea Li Memorial Award for excellence in research. AnaCristina will continue her education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as a PhD student in Criminology. There, she will be researching the biological correlates of antisocial behavior. AnaCristina hopes to become a professor and conduct research at the intersection of psychopathology and crime.

Alyssa Fuchs

Alyssa Fuchs '21 (Baruch)

Alyssa Fuchs ’21 is graduating from Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the Zicklin School of Business and a minor in New York City Studies from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. She has engaged in a variety of volunteer activities including Kids of Courage, an organization dedicated to the support of sick children and their families, and Tomchei Shabbos, a program that provides food to the needy. Inducted in the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honors society, Alyssa has consistently been named to Baruch College’s Dean’s List and is a recipient of a Dr. Wendy Heyman Public Interest Fellowship. She spent the last two summers interning at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a Summer Analyst and looks forward to beginning her career at the firm as a Global Finance and Business Management Analyst following graduation.

Peter Simonetti

Peter Simonetti '21 (Hunter)

Peter Simonetti ’21 is a Political Science and History double major. Peter has represented his class as a representative to the Macaulay Scholars Council for the past four years. In the Fall of 2017, Peter volunteered as a teacher and tutor for the Let’s Get Ready Initiative to provide high school students from historically under-served communities and first-generation-to-college students with free SAT preparation and admission counseling. In the Spring of 2018, Peter interned for the Honorable Judge Ruth Pickholz in Criminal Court in New York City and and then for the Clinton Foundation in the Spring of 2019 as a Communications Intern. From the Summer of 2019 to the Winter of 2020, Peter worked as a legal intern for the New York City Law Department’s Manhattan Tort Division where he observed depositions and worked with a number of attorneys on specific cases in preparing motions and other documents to aid cases. He will be taking his experiences with him to New York Law School this Fall where he will attend law school for the next three years in hopes to one day become an attorney.