7 Awesome Students Thriving in Binghamton this Summer

Posted by Conrad Taylor; Photos by Daiki Yoshioka on June 11, 2019

With so many things to do in Binghamton over the summer, it’s no surprise that more and more students are deciding to spend the season working, living and learning here in the Valley of Opportunity. Here are seven Binghamton University students who are making the most of their time here this summer.

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Katelynn Slater

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1.  Where are you from?

I am from Napanoch, N.Y.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I graduated from Binghamton University in May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and I will start working towards a Master of Business Administration in the fall of 2019.

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

I am interning with LUMA this summer to help prepare for their annual projection arts festival. I will also be tutoring students as part of Binghamton University’s Upward Bound Program.

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

My favorite thing about summers in Binghamton are the different events that the city hosts, and being able to enjoy them with friends.

Shehtab Zaman

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1.  Where are you from?

I’m from Astoria, Queens, New York City.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I’m a master's student in computer science!

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

I’m working on making “Spiedie” more accessible to faculty and students and expanding its capabilities. "Spiedie" is a high-performance computing cluster that provides computing capabilities to researchers throughout the university. We are aiming to get Spiedie to work in various data science domains, where users may be from very different departments. Part of my job is also to explore the possibility of creating a science gateway that would further simplify and expand Spiedie's use.

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

The weather is pretty great; it's usually very nice out. Life slows down a bit during the summer, so I get to enjoy the wonderful local restaurants and shops around town, which I usually can't during the hectic semester. Also, there are fewer people around in summer, so you can get together and meet some really nice people who are also working either at the University or somewhere around town.

Kelly Young

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1.  Where are you from?

I am from Brooklyn, N.Y.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I am a rising junior, double majoring in environmental studies and geography.

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

This summer I will be partaking in the Binghamton Summer Scholars and Artists Program. My research will be building off of my Freshman Research Immersion Program project, which focuses on algal blooms in New York State. Algae, which are photosynthetic organisms that can be poisonous to humans and animals, are a growing concern in New York State. I will be using remote sensing and drone technology to attempt to build a predictive model that can determine which lakes are at risk of algal bloom development. I will also be participating in the tour guide program over the summer as the scheduling supervisor. I am passionate about tour guiding and research, so this summer is very exciting!

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

My favorite part about summer in Binghamton is warm weather and wildlife. Already I have seen chipmunks, rabbits, deer, groundhogs and even a turtle, which is something that isn’t as commonly seen during the fall and winter seasons. Spring semester was colder than usual, so there weren’t many days where I could sit outside without needing a jacket. Now that it’s summer, everything seems to be warming up and the sun is shining, which is beautiful.

Aakash Gandhi

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1.  Where are you from?

I was born and brought up on Long Island, specifically the town of Riverhead. Both of my parents were born and brought up in India, so my Indian heritage has heavily influenced who I have become.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I just wrapped up my senior year and graduated from Watson with my B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and I am now taking part in the Summer MBA program offered through the SOM Graduate School.

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

This summer in Binghamton I am a full-time student taking the core classes for my MBA program as well as continuing to work part time for Campus Recreation as a sport and event supervisor.

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

Being able to spend a summer in Binghamton is an amazing experience because it gives me the opportunity to truly appreciate and enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York rather than the harsh cold and constant rain. When the weather gets nicer you get to see and appreciate the foliage, the wildlife and the calm lifestyle. Whereas at home there is a constant sense of urgency and running around, and there is no time to really stop and appreciate the little things.

Murphy Fauci

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1.  Where are you from?

I grew up in Endwell, N.Y., which is about 15 minutes away from campus.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I will be a junior this coming fall, and I am currently an English major hoping to minor in education!

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

I am working two jobs, one in our local mall and the other right here on campus. I also currently have an internship through the English department, so I am pretty busy this summer. I've always thought that having a lot to do is better than having nothing to do, so I actually enjoy being busy!

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

My grandparents own a lake house about 20 minutes from campus where my friends, family and I spend a lot of our summer. It's beautiful, and somewhat secluded, so I love heading out there on a sunny day where I can relax and feel like I'm almost escaping reality.

Nika Stanisz

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1.  Where are you from?

I am from Orange County, N.Y., specifically from Harriman. It's about an north of NYC.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I am a first-year graduate student pursuing a master's in business administration, concentrating in business analytics and consulting.

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

The MBA program I am in runs from May 2019 to May 2020, so I am here for my first semester of grad school.

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

I honestly haven't spent a summer in Binghamton until now, but I am looking forward to enjoying the nice weather and adventuring around the area.

Daiki Yoshioka

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1.  Where are you from?

I am originally from Kanagawa, Japan. I am an international student and came to the United States three years ago. I live in downtown Binghamton.

2.  What is your year and field of study?

I am a senior who is expecting to graduate in December 2019. I major in comparative literature and philosophy.

3.  What are you doing in Binghamton this summer?

This summer, I am juggling internships/jobs while developing my post-graduate plans, and brainstorming topics for an honor's thesis for Comparative Literature. I have five jobs:

-- I am working for undergraduate admissions as a student assistant where I promote Binghamton University for an international audience on Facebook.

-- I am interning for Koffman Southern Tier Incubator as a communications/marketing intern where I promote the incubator.

-- I am interning for the communications/marketing department of Binghamton University where I promote Binghamton University to a broader audience.

-- I am working as a communications/marketing intern for the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which is a Connecticut-based non-profit organization that hosts the Youth Assembly, one of the largest global youth conferences. I commute there once a week and work remotely for the rest of the week.

-- I am also working as a Communications Specialist for the Global Health Impact Project, a faculty-led research project at Binghamton University that promotes global health. 

4.  What is your favorite thing about summers in Binghamton?

I absolutely love summer in Binghamton. First, it does not snow. Second, it's slow-paced. Although I still have a lot of things to do, I absolutely feel I have less pressure and am relaxed.

Conrad Taylor is a 2017 graduate of Binghamton University and works in the Office of Media & Public Relations.

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