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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.


Elisa Csorba, Disney Professional Intern

Elisa CsorbaAs Elisa Csorba ’16 is a self-proclaimed “Disney fanatic,” it should come as no surprise that on the day after graduation, the Macaulay Honors College (MHC) graduate boarded a train to Florida to pursue a career at the Walt Disney Company.

Now living her dream, Csorba has secured a position as a Disney Professional Intern in the Customer Relationship Management Marketing department for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando.

“I was able to accept this position confidently, thanks to my education and research experience at CSI,” said the Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn graduate, who worked with Dr. Jonathan Peters and Dr. Michael Kress at CSI, “learning more about the world of data than I ever could have imagined possible.” More >>

Naomi Edwards, Brooklyn Law School

Naomi EdwardsCollege of Staten Island (CSI) alumna Naomi Edwards ’16 is no stranger to scholarships. The Macaulay Honors College (MHC) graduate has received a scholarship to attend Brooklyn Law School, where she will begin in the fall. While at CSI, the lifelong Livingston resident was also the recipient of both the Macaulay Honors College Scholarship and the CSI Valedictorian/ Salutatorian Scholarship, as she was the Salutatorian of her high school’s graduating class.

Edwards claims that her key to success is to “stay focused, and don’t overload yourself. Successful students know what they’re capable of and try to be self-aware.” More >>

Jasmine Calle, Cornell University Veterinary School

Jasmine Calle “Keep yourself busy, but remember to enjoy the ride.” This is the advice from College of Staten Island alumna Jasmine Calle ’16 who redefines the term “busy.” The Macaulay Honors College (MHC) graduate, who spent her college years feverishly conducting research, participating in student activities, and volunteering in the community, has been accepted to Cornell University. Calle will begin at the University this fall to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

“Conducting research has been an adventure. As soon as I started working in the lab, I knew that research was something I wanted to incorporate into my career” proclaimed the St. John Villa Academy high school graduate, who is happy to be able to combine her love of research and her passion for animals into a career path. More >>

Tyler Franco, Port Authority of NY&NJ Engineer

Tyler FrancoAs Tyler Franco ’16 stood at the lectern at the 2016 Honors Convocation, he told himself to “just enjoy this moment because it’s not every day that you get to do something like this!”

Franco, a Macaulay Honors College graduate, delivered a moving speech at Tuesday evening’s ceremony in the Center for the Arts that was not without some humor.

“When I was first told that I was salutatorian and would be speaking to you all today, I was thrilled. After all, what’s better than an extra homework assignment during finals, and then getting to read it in front of hundreds of people?” More >>

Hosea Mak, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Hosea MakHosea Mak ’15, graduated with a BS in Chemistry and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Environmental Chemistry at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Hosea attributes much of his career decision to his study abroad experiences. While an undergraduate student, he was selected to be a CSI Exchange Ambassador to Hong Kong for one semester. During the semester abroad, he focused on the study of alternative fuel sources. He also traveled to the Dominican Republic where he took courses in public and environmental health issues related to water, and had the opportunity to interact with marginalized communities there. More >>

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. 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 >>

Thomas Brigandi, Moody's Investors Service

Thomas BrigandiThomas Brigandi is an Associate Analyst in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group of Moody's Investors Service. His responsibilities include analyzing financial, economic and debt data, building financial and credit models, maintaining and building relationships with debt issuers and investment bankers, presenting analytical findings to credit rating committees and writing detailed Moody’s Credit Opinions. Thomas covers a number of sectors, which include public power, power generation projects, toll-roads, airports, ports, project finance and public-private partnerships, across the Americas. 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 FeldmanIt was clear from his Commencement address that 2012 CSI Salutatorian Daniel Feldman was on the correct track, headed for success in whatever field he chose. During the address, which impressed so much that CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz quoted it during his 2013 Commencement address, Feldman discussed the “Imposter Syndrome.” A term coined by Pauline and Suzanne Imes in 1978, it refers to a phenomenon in which people are unable to believe that they deserve the success they achieve. “Many successful people suffer from this syndrome, many of them most likely in attendance at the Honors Convocation,” he told the attendees. “But they should all be viewing the awards ceremony as proof that you are not an imposter…your attendance here is a testament to your success.” Back then, more than two years ago, it was clear that Feldman was a CSI success story.. More >>

Jenny Pisani, Peace Corps Service, Cambodia

Jenny Pisani

Jenny Pisani, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 23 to begin training as an education volunteer. Pisani will live and work in a community to teach English at the secondary level and participate in a secondary project to help meet community development needs.

“My main project will be teaching English as a second language to middle and high school students,” she noted. “However, I’ll also be involved with many other exciting projects, including the new ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative in an effort to expand the educational opportunities to adolescent girls in Cambodia.” .. 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 >>


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.