President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2014

Student kudos

Graduate students

Rachel Stephenson
The MSW student and Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education Fellow, won the State Society on Aging’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper.

Delal Aydin
The graduate student in sociology received the SSRC Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). Her dissertation explores the building of the yurtsever (patriot) youth movement in the 1990s when the Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan - Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) mobilization was at its height in Turkey. This critical moment in the mobilization of Kurdish youth and their struggle for recognition speaks to us about how subjectivities challenged and also reconfigured the Turkish political landscape. Her dissertation adviser is Shelley Feldman.

Lindsay Morra
The graduate student in clinical psychology received the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award for her study examining the effects of metabolic abnormalities on cognition in schizophrenia.

Emma Yamoi Pham
The graduate student in sociology received the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant in October for her dissertation “The Value of Spit: The Natural and Social Life of Edible Birds’ Nests.” A year-long ethnographic study of swiftlet farming in Malaysia, the dissertation investigates the social life of edible swiftlet nests in their transformation from a centuries-old foraged commodity into a high-tech product of avicultural mass production. Her dissertation adviser is Shelley Feldman.

Jessica Santerre
The graduate student in behavioral neuroscience will begin an Institutional T32 Postdoctoral Anesthesiology Fellowship through the medical school at the University of Buffalo upon graduation. She plans to defend her dissertation in early spring 2015.

Mary Woody
The graduate student in clinical psychology received the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments in Psychology.

Undergraduate students

Saiema Alam
The pre-dental student and integrative neuroscience major won the student poster competition award in the Health Sciences category at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference held in Denver in November.

Stephanie Bhamdeo
The integrative neuroscience major received an NSF summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) fellowship of $6,400 to support her summer lab research. Her research was part of Sarah Laszlo’s larger NSF award which aims to relate functional brain organization in children to their academic performance. The overarching goal of this research is to find a way to use measures of brain activity to predict children’s future performance in school, so that children at risk for developing reading disorders can receive the extra help they need before they start to fall behind. Bhamdeo worked as the lab manager for this project, which involved many different tasks, such as leading an outreach program to local schools and community groups, screening and scheduling participants, and assisting with data collection and analysis.

Melina Martin
The major in biology and English received the State University of New York Association of Council Members and College Trustees annual Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship. The award was presented to her at a luncheon held Oct. 25 at Lake George. 

Anthony Sorrentino
The chemistry major received the first Michael E. Starzak Undergraduate Summer Research fellowship, established by two Binghamton University alumni in honor of PMichael Starzak, professor emeritus of chemistry. 

Aaron Taggart
The chemistry major, who graduated summa cum laude in May 2014, worked as a DAAD RISE program fellow at Bayer Corp. in Germany during summer and fall 2014. DAAD is a private, federal- and state-funded self-governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions. RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering, which offers opportunities for students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer.

Adam Brunner
The major in English literature and creative writing received the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Journals Award in Fiction in November for “Hope John.”  The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs.

Riley Huntington
The English literature major with a minor in Arabic studies education received the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Journals Award in Poetry in November for “Sex and Learning.” The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs.

Debate Team accomplishments

    • Binghamton’s debate program is currently ranked 5th in the nation by the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and 6thin the nation by the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The NDT also ranks Binghamton’s varsity team as 10th in the nation. This makes Binghamton ranked higher than prestigious programs such as Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, among many others.
    • Binghamton won both the novice and varsity division at Rutgers and has appeared in semifinals in both divisions at James Madison University and West Point.
    • For the first time ever, Binghamton advanced to quarter-finals at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s debate tournament, one of the more nationally competitive tournaments all year.
    • Sophomore Jesus Cepin is ranked as the 13th best speaker in the nation at the varsity level
    • Ian Kim, an international student in his first year of debate, is ranked as the 28th best novice speaker in the nation.