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					                           Women in Science
                           And Engineering
                                                                                                              Fall 2005
                    Message from the WISE Director:
                           Carrie-Ann Miller
                  Dear WISE Students,                         University. This is a great way to bring the top students
                  Faculty, Alumnae and Friends:               together!

                    I hope you all enjoyed your summer.       WISE is having our annual Welcome Back Dinner and
                    Most of you had very rewarding            Scholarship Reception for all of the WISE students as well
                    experiences over the summer, as you       as friends and supporters on October 25, 2005 in the
                    will see by reading the article “Summer   Wang Center. We will be welcoming back all the new and
Experiences of WISE Students” in this edition. I am           current students and recognizing our scholarship winners.
pleased to welcome the new incoming class, too. This          Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jane Zimmer Daniels of the
year’s class is made up of 50 talented women with interests   Clare Boothe Luce Program. Four WISE Students have
ranging from anthropology to psychology; biomedical           been named CBL scholars, and will receive full tuition plus
engineering to biochemistry. Our new students hail from       expenses for their junior and senior years.         Other
New York State, Ohio and Rhode Island.                        foundations granting scholarships to WISE students are
                                                              Citigroup, Keyspan and LISTNet.
I have had the pleasure of working with some of the upper
division WISE students to plan a great event for new          Attention Alumnae: Get involved in WISE again! Take
students in WISE, Honors and University Scholars. The         our online survey, and let us know what you’ve been up to
“Amazing Race” is being held on September 29 at various       since graduation! The survey is at: www.wise.sunysb.edu/
locations around campus. Students will have the chance        survey.htm. We’d love to hear from you! Join our
to compete for prizes (such as tickets from the Staller       Alumnae Board and have your voice heard in planning the
Center and the Wang Center), all the while learning about     future of WISE! Come back to campus and inspire the
campus and getting to know key people from the                women following in your footsteps . . .

Did You Know . . .
. . . WISE students are at the top of the list for scholarship awards? Because WISE seeks out numerous ways to
support and encourage the students in our program, we look for as many sources of scholarship funding as we
can find! We are always seeking to offer more and more scholarships by reaching out to the community and
letting them know about the talented and motivated students who would appreciate their support.

WISE will be offering a valuable series of workshops to assist in the scholarship application process. Students
will learn about how to write a winning essay, tips about how to ask for a letter of recommendation, and how to
craft and polish a resume. The first workshop will be held on September 27, and highlight some of the pre-
miere national scholarships. For a complete listing of the current scholarships available and previous winners,
see inside this newsletter.
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   Scholarships, Internships                                                      Citigroup Continues Its
       & Opportunities                                                                Support of WISE
For details on application procedures and deadlines, please contact
the WISE Office at 631-632-6947.
 Citigroup Foundation
         Winter Internship (12 paid positions)
                                                                             T        his year the Citigroup Foundation has given us
                                                                                      $30,000 in support for the program. These funds
                                                                                      will go towards mentoring, programming, profes-
                                                                             sional development, graduate assistants and more. Peter
                                                                             Remch, Director of Client Services Technology , and Pa-
         $6000 Scholarship Awards (Three)
         Travel Awards (Amounts and number of awards                         trica A. David, Managing Director, Head of Diversity,
         varied)                                                             Global Corporate and Investment Bank, have been strong
                                                                             supporters of WISE and our continued mission to support
 Long Island Business News
                                                                             young women in traditionally underrepresented careers. If
         $2000 (Five)
                                                                             you are interested in computers, finance, or engineering,
 LISTnet                                                                   please take advantage of the amazing opportunities that
         $2500 Lisa Award (Two)                                              Citigroup provides.
         Diamond Award (One)
 Battelle Award                                                            Winter Internships: Citigroup is offering 12 paid internships
         $5000 Summer Research (Two)                                         during the winter break. Apply for this great opportunity
 Sam and Rose Berezin                                                      to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the cor-
                                                                             porate world. Learn from mentors and meet with high-
         NYS Tuition (approx. $4300) (One)
                                                                             level company officials. Many WISE students continue
 Keyspan Foundation
                                                                             working at Citigroup part-time during the remainder of
         $2000 (Five)
                                                                             college and after.
 Anne Sayre Prize
         $500 (One)
 Clare Boothe Luce Program                                                  SPOTLIGHT ON . . .
         Two years’ tuition plus expenses (Four)
                                                                                                                 Jessica Newman won the
Congratulations To These Recent Winners!                                                                         Battelle award for summer
                                                                                                                 research at Brookhaven
AWARD                                                     WINNER
                                                                                                                 National Lab. She’s seen
Anne Sayre Prize....................................Varsha Jain
                                                                                                                 here working on a weather
Barry M. Goldwater ............................... Sara Goldgraben                                               resistant antenna design.
Battelle Award........................................ Jessica Newman                                            She and other scientists
Citigroup Scholarship ........................... Heather Arbiter                                                worked on developing
Citigroup Scholarship ........................... Sheena Joseph                                                  models to aid in capturing
Citigroup Scholarship ........................... Jessica Newman                                                 radio signals from far-away
Clare Boothe Luce................................. Rachel Fischer                                                places! Her advisor, Helio
Clare Boothe Luce................................. Helen Gerardi                                                 Takai, says, “Jessica is a
Clare Boothe Luce................................. Azure Hansen                                                  talented student, demon-
                                                                                                                 strated lots of initiative,
Clare Boothe Luce................................. Nina Schatz-Siemers
                                                                                                                 and her contribution to
Gelfond Scholarship..............................Danielle Cavaliere
                                                                             the project was extremely important. We asked her to de-
Keyspan .................................................. Sailaja Akella    sign, simulate and build an antenna for our radio receivers.
Keyspan .................................................. Helen Gerardi     In our project we search for possible radio reflections of
Keyspan .................................................. Sara Goldgraben   ionization trails left by ultra high energy cosmic rays. The
Keyspan .................................................. Sheena Joseph     antenna designed by Jess showed that a certain class of an-
Keyspan .................................................. Jessica Newman    tennas is what we need for the experiment. The result of
LISA Award ........................................... Sara Goldgraben       her work will allow us to design a proper antenna for our
LISA Award ........................................... Azure Hansen          experiment. Needless to say that I am very happy with the
                                                                             outcome.”
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         Diamond Awards                                         High School WISE


 E       very year LISTnet (Long Island Software &
         Technology Network) and the Long Island
         Technology Center provide support to
 women who excel in engineering and technology.
 This year the Diamond Awards Breakfast is being
                                                          S
                                                                 tudents from four local high schools, Comse-
                                                                 wogue, Mt. Sinai, Port Jefferson, and River-
                                                                 head, meet on campus throughout the year
                                                          as part of WISE’s High School Program. The stu-
                                                          dents participate in activities with faculty, staff, and
 held on November 1, 2005 at LISTnet’s headquar-          students from various departments on campus to
 ters in Great River. All proceeds and contribu-          promote their interest in science, math and engi-
 tions raised at the event will be donated to WISE.       neering. Last year these activities included a cruise
 One scholarship to a deserving WISE student will         aboard the Marine Sciences Research Vessel, Sea-
 be presented at the event. For details and to ap-        wolf, where Captain Steve Cluett showed everyone
 ply, contact Doreen in the WISE office before Oc-        some techniques modern oceanographers use to
 tober 1.                                                 research water quality and marine life. In another
                                                          activity, Dr. George Hart (Computer Sciences)
 The Mission of the Diamond Awards is to increase         helped students build a 4-D model, and demon-
 awareness and support educational and career op-         strated how he combined his interests in art and
 portunities for women in technology and related          computer science to shape a very unique career.
 fields on Long Island. Two Diamond Awards will
 be presented: one to a female entrepreneur and           Each year individual college students in WISE have
 one to a WISE student.                                   the opportunity to work with the high school stu-
                                                          dents. This upcoming year, members of the Stu-
 The entrepreneurial award will be given to an ex-        dent Leadership Council plan to conduct a Tie Dye
 ceptional woman in business who demonstrates             Tee Shirt event, and join in another activity with
 outstanding achievement in technology or science.        Dr. Hart. If you have an interest in working with
 This year’s Diamond Award is being presented to          the high school students either in a group activity
 Diane Brink, a vice president of IBM.                    or in a more individualized way, please contact
 The student scholarship will be awarded to a de-         WISE’s High School Coordinator, Sharon Pavu-
 serving WISE student who has demonstrated com-           laan at (631) 632-3282 or through email at
 mitment to engineering, technology or science.           Sharon.Pavulaan@stonybrook.edu.




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 WISE Highlights                       Siemers, Amanda Vreeland and
                                       Yue Xin Zeng.
                                                                            I    MPORTANT DATES AND
                                                                                 DEADLINES: Student Lead-



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     UNIOR MENTORS: WISE                                                         ership Council Meeting: Sep.
     congratulates nine outstanding              HANK YOU! to Dean          14; Scholarship Workshop: Sep.
     women who have been named                   Yacov Shamash, Assistant   27; Amazing Race: Sep. 29; Long
this year’s Junior Mentors. In                   Dean Joan Kenny, the       Island Business News Scholarship:
their position they will guide the     WISE Working Group, and the          Oct. 7; Welcome Back Dinner:
first year students along the aca-     Friends of WISE Board for all the    Oct. 25; Diamond Awards: Nov. 1;
demic roadmap of college life. It’s    tremendous support during the        Conflict Management Workshop:
a challenging and rewarding jour-      past year! We would also like to     Nov. 8; Academic Advising: Nov.
ney for both mentors and mentees.      thank Ann Sutton, John Noe,          16; Citigroup Travel & Profes-
The junior mentors for 2005-2006       Clint Rubin, Mariana Savoca, and     sional Development Award: No-
are: Sailaja Akella, Rachel Fischer,   the many other faculty and staff     vember 30. Check our website for
Varsha Jain, Sanga Lee, Caroline       who work hard to make WISE a
                                                                            updates: www.wise.sunysb.edu!
Park, Tania Revolus, Nina Schatz-      terrific program!
                 Summer Experiences of WISE Students
  Azure Hansen did research under a grant                           ongoing research. Returning to Stony environmental factors and population fluc-
  from the National Science Foundation Re-                          Brook, she continued to work in Dr. Bell’s tuations of shore birds.
  search Experience for Undergraduates                              lab on her own URECA fellowship project.
  (NSF-REU). She worked in a Bose-Einstein                                                                      Diane Lu continued her research in the lab
  condensate lab at the University of Roches-                       Sheena Joseph and Puspa Sari were of- of Dr. Gail Mandel of Stony Brook’s Depart-
  ter’s Optics Institute.                                           fered internships at Brookhaven National ment of Neurobiology. She was awarded a
                                                                    Lab working on chemical and molecular URECA fellowship to study MeCP2. Her
  Danielle Cavaliere spent the summer at                            engineering projects.                       previous contributions to a project in Dr.
  Columbia University studying and working in                                                                   Mendel’s lab were published in the May
  their medical center. In addition to medical                      Rachel Fischer returned to the same lab 2005 edition of Cell.
  studies, Danielle returned to Stony Brook                         she worked in last summer for an internship
  campus to participate in the Learning Com-                        performing research at Sloan Kettering Anita Singh returned for an internship with
  munities Summer Service Academy in                                (MSKCC).                                    Flack & Kurtz, a Manhattan engineering firm
  which local high school students learn by                                                                     where she interned last summer. Using
                                                                    Kimberly Odynocki was in Massachusetts AutoCAD, she designed heating, ventilation
  doing in the field of social work.                                at Worcester Polytechic Institute for a ten and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for
  Jessica Newman performed research at                              week REU project with WPI’s Department buildings.
  Brookhaven National Laboratory under the                          of Biology and Biotechnology Professor
  Battelle prize. She worked with researcher                        Pamela Weathers.                            Anna Ruvinskaya interned at Credit Suisse
  Helio Taki of BNL’s Physics Department on                                                                     Asset Management in the Fixed Income
                                                                    Mariana Karavolias continued her research department.
  cosmic ray research. (See page 2 for more.)                       in the Wound Healing Lab of Stony Brook
  Helen Modik worked with Dr. Klein in Stony                        scientist Dr. Richard Clark. She worked Lisa Lazare attended summer classes after
  Brook’s Department of Psychology re-                              with WISE alum, Shazia Rana, on studying having completed an internship with Disney
  searching temperament in three-year-olds.                         blood sugar and skin cells. Mariana also World during the year.
  She also worked in the Dean of Students’                          took a summer class and volunteered at the
  office.                                                           hospital. She was awarded a Howard Yen Mei Keng performed research in the
                                                                    Hughes Medical Research Fellowship to Biomedical Engineering Department with Dr.
  Jessica Tupper worked in the lab of Dr.                           pursue her research with Dr. Clark in the Judex of Stony Brook University, continuing
  Maureen O’Leary of Stony Brook University,                        fall.                                       the research that she had worked on since
  researching whale and artiodactyls sys-                                                                       this past December.
  tematics on an anatomical database project                        Michelle Pesce spent a month in Costa
  called Morphobank.                                                Rica working on a conservation service Jennifer O'Loughlin worked on campus
                                                                    project. She also helped collect data for a doing research for Dr. Thanassi in the Cen-
  Erika Kalabacas traveled to Alaska with                           Tufts University research project called ters for Infectious Disease in the Center for
  Stony Brook Researcher Dr. Bell to conduct                        Seanet which studies relationships between Molecular Medicine, studying a molecular
                                                                                                                and genetic pathway for viral infection.


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