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Victoria Capalbo

Victoria Capalbo '21 (City)

Victoria Capalbo ’21 is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology major and Communications minor graduating from Baruch College. Currently, she is preparing for graduate school in the Fall, during which time she will be attending New York University to obtain her Master’s in IO Psychology.

Victoria has had the opportunity to participate in two major research studies during her tenure as an undergraduate student, an experience she accredits as being centrally formative to her career journey. In 2019, she was selected for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate program and joined Dr. Charles Scherbaum’s Selection and Assessment lab to study asynchronous interviews. During the same year, she spearheaded research on barriers to receiving mental health care treatment under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Sibrava, which she presented at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research. Later, she interned as a People & Culture Team Lead at a tech startup where she applied IO theory in practice.

After graduating from NYU, she hopes to go into People Analytics or consulting.

Pabvitraa Ramcharan

Pabvitraa Ramcharan '21 (Baruch)

Pabvitraa Ramcharan ’21 is a Political Science and Economics double major with minors in Statistics and Quantitative Modeling and NYC Studies. She is currently a research assistant at Baruch College’s Department of Political Science. At the CUNY FDIC Conference, she presented her team’s findings regarding how the department collectively addresses DEI issues in their courses. Pabvitraa is the inaugural recipient of The Soléi Spears “Excellence in Action” Award for the Advancement of Social and Racial Justice. She recently completed her senior Honors thesis, “Neo-Extracting Gilded Welfare States: A Comparative Study of Extractivism and Latin American Welfare State Formation.”

Pabvitraa interned for Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo at the NYC Council in Summer 2019. In Summer 2018, she began writing for The Ticker at Baruch. Through volunteer work, she encouraged artistic involvement at Materials for the Arts and assisted new immigrants at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. During her gap year, Pabvitraa plans to work with AmeriCorps before applying to graduate school.

Olivia A. Asher

Olivia A. Asher '21 (Lehman)

Olivia A. Asher ’21 is a Biology major at Lehman College. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, she conducted original research on fungi and lichens at the New York Botanical Garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia, and the University of Georgia. Her research has resulted in five academic papers, three published, one in review, and one in prep. Olivia received multiple awards to support her research, including the Torrey Botanical Society’s Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship, the Mycological Society of America’s Undergraduate Research Award, and Con Edison Incorporated’s Con Edison Endowed Scholarship. Olivia is also part of the Research Initiative in Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program at Lehman College.

After graduating in the Spring of 2021, Olivia will be pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics through the Integrated Plant Sciences Program at the University of Georgia. She received the Presidential Fellowship from the University of Georgia and the United States Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to support her graduate work.

Lila Tabor

Lila Tabor '21 (Hunter)

Lila Tabor ’21 is graduating from Hunter College with a double major in History and Comparative Literature. As a student at Macaulay, she has been an active member of the Macaulay Marauders Quidditch Team, Macaulay FIT, Macaulay Peer Mentors, as well as Hunter Hillel and the Hunter College Senate. During Spring 2019, Lila participated in the Eva Kastan Grove Fellowship, where she worked alongside the nonprofit “Sanctuary for Families” to educate CUNY students about human trafficking, domestic violence, and prostitution in America. In December 2019, she was named a Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar.

Over the past year, Lila has been conducting original historical research about the AIDS epidemic in New York with the Mellon Public Humanities Scholars Program. Currently, she is an intern at the nonprofit “DreamYard Project,” teaching elementary, middle, and high school students about social justice and activism. After graduating from Macaulay, Lila will go on to pursue a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she has received a full-tuition scholarship as a Charles Evans Hughes Scholar.

Hamida Chumpa

Hamida Chumpa '21 (Baruch)

Hamida Chumpa ’21 is a Biology and Sociology adhoc major with a minor in Natural Sciences. She is also a fellow of the Jeannette K. Watson fellowship. Currently, she is a Program and Research Assistant at a nonprofit organization in the Bronx known as LaalNYC where she conducts data analysis to inform programs to empower vulnerable South Asian immigrant communities.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamida has been assessing the needs of the Bronx community and organizing food pantries as well as designing outreach plans to increase engagement between contact tracers and immigrant communities to widen access to healthcare.

In June 2019 Hamida interned at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs where she facilitated a class of adult immigrants on conversational English and promoted awareness of their civil rights. Throughout college, she was a manager at Khan’s Tutorial where she mentored over 50 students to gain admission to college.

Hamida plans for a future in public health where she can fight for accessible and equitable healthcare for marginalized people of color.

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.

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 (Brooklyn)

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.