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Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College
 Alumni

Welcome Macaulay Alumni and friends!

We hope you use this website to reconnect with old friends, find out what’s new at Macaulay/CSI, and stay involved with the Macaulay Honors College.

What’s New at Macaulay/CSI?

CSI students are involved in research, internships, and study abroad.

Where have our graduates been accepted?

Upon graduation our students are accepted to many professional and graduate schools, as well as to professional positions within their fields of study. Macaulay employment and graduate or professional school acceptances.

 

Tzivya Weiss, SUNY Downstate Medical School

Tzivya WeissTzivya Weiss ’14, graduated summa cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and has been accepted to SUNY Downstate Medical School.

“The support offered by the Macaulay Honors College community helped me gain multiple academic achievements during my time as an undergraduate student,” states Tzivya.

Tzivya began research in cervical cancer medicinal drug development the summer after her first year. She was supported by Dr. Morton Kleiner, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), Dr. Mario Castellanos, Clinical Research Division Director at SIUH, and by members of the CSI Biochemistry Department, including Dr. Probal Banerjee. Tzivya was able to continue her graduate-level research the following year, focusing on cervical and brain cancer studies. While in Dr. Banerjee’s lab, she received a work acknowledgement and subsequent co-authorship on scientific papers produced by Dr. Banerjee’s research team. Her research experiences served as the foundation for her interdisciplinary Macaulay Honors thesis, entitled “Medicinal Drug Development & U.S. Federal Regulation Thereof: An Exploration of the Realities That Small Laboratories and Drug Companies Face.” Tzivya presented her work at the CSI Undergraduate Research Conference in May of 2014. More >>



Kanika Khanna, Brown University, Public Policy

Kanika KhannaKanika Khanna ’13, a graduate of the College of Staten Island and the Macaulay Honors College, has always had a passion for public service. Now she’s ready to take the next step as a graduate student at Brown University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy. 

She credits her positive undergraduate experience at CSI for laying the groundwork for her success. "As a Political Science major at CSI, I was fortunate to have such wonderful professors, who only want the best for their students. There were so many opportunities to get involved on campus, be it academically like undergraduate research, or in an extracurricular club or publication." More >>


 

Mark Barahman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MDPhD program

Mark BarahmanMark Barahman, a Macaulay Honors College (MHC) graduate who received his BS in Biochemistry, is currently attending the Albert Einstein College of Medicine MDPhD program. During his time at CSI and MHC, Barahman received a number of prestigious honors, including a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a first in the history of CSI, and a Phi Beta Kappa Associates Award. He worked in two laboratories at the College—the neuroscience lab of Professor Abdeslem El Idrissi and the chemistry lab of Professor Alan Lyons, performing research related to super-hydrophobic surfaces. One of Barahman’s most notable accomplishments under Dr. Lyons was the construction and programming of a robotic printer that prints in three dimensions (3D) on a microscopic scale. More >> (By Terry Mares)


Daniel Feldman, Boston University, Astronomy

Daniel FeldmanCollege of Staten Island Salutatorian Daniel Feldman is a PhD student at Boston University, studying astronomy. He received a BS in Physics as part of the Macaulay Honors College (MHC).

During his undergraduate studies, Feldman has taken part in numerous research projects covering a number of areas, such as asteroid tracking, studying youth indicators in M dwarf stars, examining objects in the Kuiper Belt, using high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy techniques to help determine the physical properties of brown dwarfs, and even building a radio antenna to track solar flares. More >>


Isabella Cardona, Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program

Isabella CardonaIsabella Cardona, who graduated magna cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island (CSI) with a BA in Political Science and International Studies, along with a minor in French, has been accepted to Public Allies. Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program, where she will work with We Are New York, a project formed as a joint endeavor by The City University of New York and the Mayor’s Office to facilitate English-language conversation groups for immigrants living in New York City. Her appointment began on September 1 and runs through June 29, 2012.  More >>

 


Brian Kateman, Class of 2011 Salutatorian

Brian KatemanBrian Kateman is graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Biology (major) and Psychology (minor) as a senior in the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island.

For the past year, Brian has served as a research assistant for the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) as part of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. During his time at CERC, he wrote a case study on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to contextualize the social, political, economic, and environmental instability of the region and better understand the role of all stakeholders involved. More >>


Jenna Calderon, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jenna CalderonJenna Calderon graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with a minor concentration in Mathematics from the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island.

Ms. Calderon maintained a near-perfect Grade Point Average of 3.9 and is the recipient of several awards, such as the CSI Auxiliary Services Corporation Award for Academic Excellence in Performing and Creative Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, and the CSI Foundation Prize for Music. More >>




Grigoriy Gelfand, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Grigoriy GelfandGrigoriy was a Biochemistry major, who hopes to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become a dentist. Discussing his mother's example, Grigoriy explains, “As a Doctor of Dental Surgery, my mother serves as a role model for the professional I hope to become. Her work ethic, professionalism, talent, and ability to assuage the pains of patients continue to form the basis of a standard that I’ve set for myself.” In fact, Grigoriy assisted his mother in her practice, learning about the profession first-hand. His experiences at CSI only enhanced his goals. More >>

 


Matt Signorile, Cornell Law School

Matt SignorileMatt was a double major in Political Science and English, with the hope of pursuing a degree in law. As Matt explains, this was a bit of a change, considering other members of his family. "I have a long family background of civil servants (correction officers, bus drivers, and sanitation workers). When I decided to pursue law as a profession, I realized that I had not a single relative that was a lawyer. I broke new ground in my family with every step I took, and at times I felt I was aiming in the dark." More >>

 

 


Michael Young, Fulbright teaching assistantship, Madrid

Michael YoungThe opportunity to obtain an excellent tuition-free education first drew Michael Young to the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island. The chance to travel nailed his decision. As an undergraduate he studied in Florence and Tokyo, in the summer after graduation in 2010, Guatemala City.  

Now he is on the move once more, heading to Madrid on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. More >>

 




Joan Seguin, Law Student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California

Joan SeguinWhile attending CSI Joan was a very active student, including interning in with Alumni Relations. While preparing for her final year of law school she answered some questions for us.

A Conversation with...Joan Seguin '08

CSI Alumni @ Large: What is your fondest memory of CSI?
Joan Seguin: I loved being a mentor on campus and helping the underclassmen through their first year of college. Hopefully my advice helped them make an easier transition because I know each of my mentees taught me so much. More >>


Svetlana Rabinovich, Downstate Medical School Student

Lana RabinovichThe HIV virus has a key to unlock and infect cells, a key that fits into target cell receptors and co-receptors. Dr. Fred Naider hopes to block that lock.

Dr. Naider, a CUNY distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Leonard and Esther Kurtz Term Professor at
the College of Staten Island, had help from a talented undergraduate.

Working in his lab and employing a novel chemical approach,
Svetlana Rabinovich synthesized a 27-amino-acid peptide (a type of protein) that is a critical component of the co-receptor (CCR5) that HIV utilizes to enter cells. She succeeded in the difficult task of producing a highly purified version of the peptide.

Now, a team led by Dr. Naider’s longtime collaborator, Jacob Anglister of the Weitzmann Institute of Science in Israel, is using that peptide in research that someday could lead to a new anti-HIV drug.