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New funding for PhD fellowships brings CCNY awardees to 14

CCNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Ruth Stark (center) with some of the college's current GAANN Fellows. From left: Jose Cobo, Silas Hartley, Jonathan Preston, Jillian Chase, Matthew Popp, Alicia Sponholz, Mikhail Maroshnikov, Nicholas Gao, Monika Buczek and Christine Chrissian. Photo credit: David Jeruzalmi.
Two PhD students mentored at The City College of New York have been awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowships for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellows, who will receive need-based support including a stipend of up to $32,000 annually during the second year of their respective programs, are Christine Chrissian (biochemistry) and Mikhail Miroshnikov (chemistry).
 
The awards bring to 10 the number of GAANN fellows appointed at City College in the last two years. 
 
Four other PhD students have been designated GAANN affiliates for the 2015-16 academic year. They are:
 
Jillian Chase (biochemistry);
Nicholas Gao (biochemistry);
Jonathan Preston (physics); and
Matthew Popp (biochemistry)
The affiliates will also follow the GAANN curriculum, which includes training in pedagogy as well as disciplinary coursework and mentor-supervised dissertation research projects. They will be supported by home departments, research mentors, and The CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies.
 
Launched in fall 2012 with a grant award of $544,420, CCNY's GAANN project has recently been approved for a second round of funding from the DoE in the amount of $885,834. Matching stipend funds are also provided by The City University of New York. 
 
The programs are directed by Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Ruth Stark to support U.S. citizens and permanent resident students supervised by faculty mentors in the linked interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry, biophysics, and biodesign.
 
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture;the School of Education;the Grove School of Engineering;the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.
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