03/22/2017

College News
Ellianna Schwab, John Wetmore (top, r) and Patryk Perkowski (bottom, l)

With the advent of Spring comes the academic awards season and five Macaulay Honors College students have received a competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award (NSF). In addition, two Macaulay students, so far, have been awarded Fulbright Scholarship awards.

Receiving an NSF grant this year are Munazza Khalida Alam, ’16 (Hunter College) Joseph Derosa, ’15 (City College), Thomas David Peek Hart, ’15 (Hunter College), Patryk Perkowski ’14 (Queens College) and Elliana Schwab, ’17 (City College). The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.

Munazza K. Alam currently studies at Harvard University and received her NSF fellowship for her work in astronomy and astrophysics.

Joseph Derosa is currently at the Scripps Research Institute. He received his NSF fellowship for his study in chemistry and chemical catalysis.

Thomas David Peek Hart, who is currently studying at Rockefeller University, has received an NSF fellowship for his study in life sciences and organismal biology.

Patryk Perkowski currently works at Innovations for Poverty Action with Chris Blattman on projects related to poverty and violence.  In the future, Patryk plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics.

Maneesha Bhugwansing, ’14 (Baruch College), Norine Chan, ’17 (Hunter College ) John Wetmore, ’17 (Hunter) and Alexandra (Sasha) Whittaker,’17 (City College) have received Fulbright Scholarship awards. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Maneesha Bhugwansing has won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Maneesha graduated with a degree in International Business and will use the Fulbright award to complete her Master’s degree in Economics. Her area of interest is economic development. Maneesha’s parents arrived in this country more than 30 years ago from Surinam and they currently live in Jamaica, Queens.

 Norine Chan has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award to teach English in Taiwan to elementary and secondary school students. Norine is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience and plans to pursue a career in medicine and public health. Her mother was born in Taiwan and her father was born in Hong Kong, and each has a graduate school degree. Norine’s family resides in Gravesend in Brooklyn.

Sasha Whittaker is the recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Poland. She will spend nine months at Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznań to research post-World War II Polish photography. Sasha, who graduates from Macaulay and City College this June with a BA degree, will also take courses at the UAM Institute of Art History and study Polish. In addition, the Riverdale, Bronx resident is a Lisa Goldberg/Revson Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar at Macaulay.

John Wetmore has won a Fulbright Secondary Teaching Assistantship Fellowship. Wetmore has a double major in Psychology and Classical Studies; he has a minor in Chemistry. His goal is to pursue a career in public health, specifically in biostatics. As a Fulbright award-winner, he will be working in Colegio Decroly, a secondary school in Spain.

Honorable mention for the NSF fellowship award include:

Rajshekhar Basak, Tamar Lichter, Brigid Maloney, C.R. Christianne Oh, Pavel Shapturenka and Lucinda Christine Zawadzki.