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Congratulations to the SoMAS students that are 2020 Undergraduate Recognition Award Recipients. The full list is available as a PDF.

Academic Excellence
Students whose passion for learning has extended beyond the classroom (demonstrated, for example, by excellence in research, internship, or creative activity)

Cassidy Bell, MVB major, GSS minor (pictured above)
Member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and WISE Mentor…Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in SoMAS…Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success…Event Coordinator for Dumbledore’s Army Club…Semester by the Sea participant…Poster presenter at ESRI International User Conference, Long Island GIS Conference, and URECA.

Lee Koppelman with Megan Gallagher

Megan Gallagher with Dr. Lee Koppelman

Megan Gallagher, EHM major, EHI minor
Co-Creator of SoMAS documentary on Suffolk County planner Lee Koppelman…Member of Stony Brook Sierra Club member…Teaching Assistant in Sustainability Studies Program…Intern for Sustainability Studies Program…Intern in Stony Brook Libraries Mapping/GIS Department… Participant in an Ecosystems Field Study through the University of Montana.

Megan has been an outstanding student in EHM, not only by excelling in classes but looking for work and research far beyond assigned work. She looks for ways to use her interdisciplinary skills in science, GIS and humanities to more deeply understand an issue and to look for solutions in creative ways. Her work, along with Anna Smith, on the Koppelman documentary shows how dedication and creativity can lead to results and products that will have lasting impact.

Charles Patterson, member of the Earthworm Toxicology Lab
Honors College member…Hoops and Circus Club Treasurer…Campus Residences Assistant Coordinator…Toscanini Hall Council Treasurer…Conducted research in electrical engineering and applied nanotechnology at Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratories…conducted research on earthworm ecotoxicology and presented at URECA poster presentation…Engineering aide/intern…Stony Brook ultimate frisbee.

Charlie Patterson has the strongest potential to contribute to a globally-engaged workforce. He has worked in a wide range of labs both at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab. He has published a paper and is a happy, thoughtful, supportive person who people, from undergraduates to professors, like to work with. He has a strong moral compass and want more out of life than a hefty paycheck. He wants a more sustainable world.

Skyler Graap

Skyler Graap

Skyler Graap, ATM major, GSS minor
University Scholar and Sigma Beta Honor Society provisional member,…Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipient…National Weather Service volunteer…Peer Tutor at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center…Research Assistant in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences…SBU Meteorology Club and SBU Sierra Club member…Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Clara Tucker, EHI minor
Honors College member…SBU Hoop and Circus Club Vice President…Research experiences in Department of Ecology and Evolution, Sustainability Studies, School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory… Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Participant at the University of Georgia…Poster Presenter at Earthstock and URECA…Private tutor.

Clara has all the skills you expect of a Stony Brook student with her GPA. She writes at a graduate level and has an amazing ability to think critically and communicate her thoughts. Outside of the classroom, she has interned in three SBU labs, the Sheltzer Lab at Cold Spring Harbor, and won the prestigious honor of attending an REU last summer at the University of Georgia. With each of those experiences, she accrued honors and skills, but more importantly after each of those experiences, she has demonstrated uncommon generosity by mentoring other students and passing her skills to them. Clara has coauthored three publications as a member of the Sustainability Studies Earthworm Ecotoxicology Laboratory.

Sophia Zhukovsky, EHM major
Honors College member…Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipient…Writing Center Peer Tutor..conducted research in the Department of Political Science…Founding Member of the Stony Brook chapter of the Food Recovery Network, …Vice President of the Choose a Challenge club…Senator: Residence Hall Association…New York League of Conservation Voters communications intern, and Voter Engagement intern, Center for Civic Justice…Director, National High School Model United Nations…Study Abroad: Florence, Saint Petersburg.

Sophia added the EHM major to her other major in Political Science as a way to bring together her research policy and sustainability. She is a wonderful example of a student leader, being selected to the upcoming President’s Council of Student Advisors and serving as a founding member of the SBU chapter of the Food Recovery Network. She has traveled widely and looks for ways to bring justice to environmental, social and political inequities.

Students who have assumed leadership roles in a variety of University organizations including societies, clubs, sororities, fraternities, and associations.

Sydney Bell

Sydney Bell

Sydney Bell, MVB major, EHI minor
University Scholar Fellow and Teaching Assistant…Conducted research in the Cayman Islands studying threatened Caribbean staghorn coral, and in the Padilla Lab on local ocean acidification..Intern at the NY Marine Rescue Center…Named to the Long Island 30 Under 30 List for sustainable apparel company, Tidal Tees Apparel, which donates 100% of profits to ocean conservation…Founder and President of Marine Science Club…FSA Sustainability Committee Chair.

Krislyn Rodriguez, EHM major
Secretary of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)…recipient of the Ana Maria Torres scholarship for Latino leadership… reestablished Jubilé, the only Latin dance team on campus…Member of the Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month planning committees for three years…Stony Brook Childcare Services teaching assistant…Language tutor, Literacy Suffolk…Diversity Peer Educator.

Krislyn Rodriguez

Krislyn Rodriguez

Krislyn was nominated by Dr. Eric Zolov in History and is an EHM major. In her time as a student Krislyn has worked hard to make sure the Latin American Student Organization remains a leader on campus in recognizing the Latino student community and reaching out to Katino communities across the island. She was awarded the Ana Maria Torres scholarship for Latino leadership and has been a TA at Student Brook Childcare Services for some time. Krislyn has been a vital part of the EHM major reminding her peers to look thoughtfully across the questions of differing cultures as a way to better create sustainable solutions.

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