Biomedical Engineering Major
Research Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)
My name is Syed Rizvi. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and due to harsh and extreme circumstances my family decided to move to United States of America. So, in 2006, I came to New York with little grasp on the English language. With the help of teachers and my new friends in elementary school I quickly picked up on the English. In high school I played many sports and joined clubs which helped me decide on what career path I need to take and what to do about my future. Highschool also gave me the idea of my likes and dislikes in terms of subject. I would be exceptional in math and science but realized that I was not so great in English and History. I also want to make a difference in the world by helping the people in need. When I got accepted into City College of New York (CCNY) I decided to purse a degree in Electrical Engineering but changed to Biomedical Engineering because I want to help cure diseases and help patients without limbs for that I do need to know medical aspect. A big part of becoming an engineer is one needs experience which is why I first decided to federal work study at Student Support Services Program (SSSP). SSSP helps students at CCNY who struggle whether it be in academics or financial troubles. From there they also made me part of their SSSP community. I learned how to manage data and help set up materials for their upcoming events. After five months of working there I decided to work at Dr. John M. Tarbell’s lab, Biomedical Engineering professor at CCNY. There his research assistant, Dr. Limary Cancel taught me various lab techniques to so I know how to perform hands on work and gain some practical experience. Then I applied for summer program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and got accepted into a nanotechnology program under Dr. Michelle Bradbury’s lab. At Dr. Bradbury’s lab we used nanoparticles for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes for cancer. I am currently working there as of right now and with knowledge I learn and seek here I can use that to hopefully one day solve to diseases. I am pursing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering along with a minor in Chemistry.
Computer Science Major
Grove School of Engineering
A computer science undergraduate in the Grove School of Engineering, Chantelle is always fired up by curiosity, community, and dissatisfaction with the status quo. This year alone, she interned at Facebook for the Spring semester, NBCUniversal for the summer, started a cybersecurity organization called CitySec at CCNY, and became a research assistant in the Center of Internet Networking and Telecommunications (CINT). At Facebook, she interned on the Operations team where she worked on third party security and access management with her team and security engineering in a six-week bootcamp with Codepath University. Similarly, her internship at NBC was also security-based where she worked on the Identity and Access Management team to help build a roll out plan for a privileged access management solution. These internships set the stage for future cybersecurity career opportunities and options for potential roles she can fill once she graduates. Although the lack of diversity discourages Chantelle from time to time, she realized that ignoring thoughts of being an imposter in the field and stepping out of her comfort zone brought more opportunities than disappointments. Taking on the roles of a chapter founder and president of a few organizations spanning from engineering to cybersecurity, Chantelle has fostered collaboration and inclusion amongst her peers and provided opportunities to increase the visibility of her community’s potential. Her involvement in SSSP, presenting projects she's worked on and mentoring students new to CCNY's campus culture, has built relationships with her peers that align with her passions and urged deeper discussions on the topic of computer science.
Kevin C. Gonzalez, BE
Kevin Gonzalez is a rising senior majoring in biology. In January, he applied and received acceptances to research programs at Rockefeller University, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School. On the advice of several faculty professors from CCNY's Biology Department, he decided to spend his summer at Harvard and participate in the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP). There, he works in the lab of Dr. Lisa Goodrich in the Department of Neurobiology. Their lab studies the molecular mechanisms underlying neural circuit assembly in the cochlea and retina to determine how neurons acquire their unique functions and how they connect and synapse to their appropriate targets. Kevin was paired with Dr. Evelyn Aviles, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab, and together they will be studying the roles of various transmembrane proteins on retinal lamination. On campus, Kevin works in the lab of Dr. Mark Emerson, an assistant professor in the Biology Department. Here, he studies the transcriptional events that lead to the birth of particular cell types in the eye. In addition to that project, he also works with Dr. Miruna Ghinia, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab, using CRISPR/Cas9 to study the roles of crucial transcription factors in retinal development. Kevin has presented his research at some of the top conferences in the nation, including the 2017 New England Science Symposium at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). In the future, Kevin hopes to earn a PhD in Neuroscience.
Weston Scholar, CUNY Corps Cultural Intern
Maryam Hinson is an English literature major with a double minor in psychology and sociology. Originally a biology major on the premed track, Maryam changed her major her sophomore year, when she found her interest in the legal field during an internship at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Ever since then, Maryam has been doing internships. She is currently in the CUNY Cultural Corps, https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny-students-immerse-new-arts-internship-program working at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. She is also in the Weston Program, https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/psm/undergrad, working in the Dispute Resolution program at John Jay College. Maryam will pursue a career in law. She plans to take off a year after graduation to take the LSAT and apply to law school.
SSSP Award Winners for 2016-17
The Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Peer Scholar Award
(2014-15) (2015-16) (2016-17)
Eseosa Aiwerighene Zunxu Tian Fathima Nashra Naushad
Sahista Kapadia Jasmin Torres Jiahua Li
Percy Casani Zhiying Zhu Adantchede Zannou
Sara Seweid Babatunde Alade Mariya Considine
Matthew P. Rosario
Outstanding Academic Achievement (Awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 - 4.00 and 45+ credits)
Jennifer Acevedo Poli. Sci.
Kaisa Ajaye English
Amall Ali Biology
Jania Begum Math
Deja Bell Psychology
Ethan Bendau Physics
Brittany Blake Communications
Alberto Caicedo Elec Des & Multimed
Aijie Chen Computer Science
Ting Chen Bilingual Childhood Educ.
Jackson Chen Biology
Siu hin Cheung Civil Engr.
Mio lan Chou Psychology BA
Mariya Considine Music
Cassandra Da silva Childhood Edu.
Edwin Detrinidad Romance Lang.
Isaias Diaz ILASCWE
Anthony Diaz Computer Science
Khadeeja Din Computer Science
Dane Fearon Chem Engr.
Katherine Ferreras Chemistry
Chen Gao Mechanical Engr.
Leidy Gomez Bilingual Childhd Educ.
Cynthia Gonzales Childhood Edu.
Kevin Gonzales Biology
Kazi Hossain Biology
Rezwon Islam Electrical Engr.
Jose Jimenez Psychology
Kristina Kalamkeridis Undeclared
Ayesha Khan Biology
Kashaf Khatri Psychology
Jiahua Li Electrical Engr.
Adiba Mahmud Childhood Edu.
Shakira Maldonado Childhood Edu.
Amayrani Martinez Poli. Sci.
Timothy McGhee Anthopology
Aqib Muneer Biology
Ajay Nampiaparampil Computer Science
Nashra Naushad Geology
Bilha Njuguna English
Heeseung Park Computer Science
Anisia Peters Biology
Guerlande Ponyon Childhood Edu.
Rafiul Prodhan Mgmt & Admin.
Melody Gonzalez Psychology
Md Rahman Mechanical Engr.
Alondra Ramos Art
Johanelli Ramos Anthopology
Krystal Ramroop English
Daniel Reid Communications
Mantas Rodzevicius Economics
Jasmin Romero Childhood Edu.
Christine Rozario Biology
Marjorie Saavedra Electronic Dsg. &Mmd.
Edward Sarfo Biotechnology
Ahmad Shamulzai Biochemistry
Muhammad Shabbir Undeclared
Abdoulaye Sidibe Sociology
Kareem Soliman Computer Science
Naomi Sukram Poli. Sci.
Rania Tamimi Undeclared
Zulfiyakhon Tashpulatova Psychology
Pamela Tenesaca Psychology
Chabeli Terrero Psychology
Teddy Theodore Communications
Shayne Thomas Philosophy
Zunxu Tian Biology
Jasmin Torres Chemical Engr.
Fathema Uddin Biology
Ayat Useinoski Art
Usaama Van Mechanical Engr.
Alana Watt Undeclared
Xinyu Xiong Computer Science
Bethlehem Yehudah Biology
Abdul Zahid Biomedical Engr.
Adantchede Zannou Biomedical Engr.
Yuning Zhao Art
Zhiying Zhu Biomedical Engr.
High Academic Achievement (Awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 - 3.49 and 30+ credits)
Natasha Adams CUNY Bac.
William Adote Economics
Eshita Ahmed Art
Khandakar Ahmed Civil Engr
Mohammed Ahnaf Env. Engr.
Naeema Akhter Childhood Edu.
Christina Alexis Psychology
Nahla Ali Civil Engr.
Daniel Pajaro Civil Engr.
Lucresa Anderson Childhood Edu.
Ferdinand Anumba Biology
Abiola Arthur CUNY Bac.
Mojgan Asadi Chemistry
Carme Azor Architecture
Cheikh Babou Biomedical Engr.
Jessenia Baez Pol. Sc.
Cadian Binns Psychology
Synnamon Brown Art
McKenzie Callahan Communications
Hawa Camara Biomedical Engr.
Mariah Cameron Int'l Studies
Zaquaesha Carter Childhood Edu.
Amanda Cruz Psychology
Karolina Czerwinska Mech. Engr.
Alicia Davis Psychology
Niscayry Dejesus English
Kervy Delcy Music
David Derteano Rom. Lang.
Wilka Diaz CUNY Bac.
Melanie Doom Psychology
Roua Eltayeib Biology
Maria Estrada INTLS
Fahmida Ferdousi Biomedical Engr.
Chen Gao Mechanical Engr.
Mayra Gonzalez Bilingual Childhd Educ.
Tennessis Guerrero Pol. Sc.
Elka Guitia English
Hawa Gumaneh Psychology
Enyyella Gutierrez English
Christian Hernandez English
Diana Herra Pol. Sc.
Mohammad Hijazi Computer Engr.
Yu Xuan Huang Computer Science
Javharhon Islomov Undeclared
Samuel Joa Art
Salema Khan Biomedical Engr.
Reiyn Lin Psychology
Soarlyn Lopez Psychology
Helen Lu Psychology
Katherine Sanabria Art
Kiara Mata Psychology
Amel Messiheddine Biology
Genesis Michel Biology
Mecca Mitchell Childhood Edu.
Nermin Mostafa Undeclared
Nourhan Mostafa Undeclared
Aqib Muneer Biology
Dewey Nguyen MGMTA
Erin O'Donovan Psychology
Heeseung Park Computer Science
Paul Patino Maza Economics
Clara Pena Biology
Carlos Peralta Chemical Engr.
Jasmine Perez Architecture
Alba Perez Romance Lang.
Stephen Persaud Mechanical Engr.
Albaro Pillco Mechanical Engr. Econ.
Alexa Puppo Film BFA
Mahfuja Rahman Biology
Syed Rizvi Biomedical Engr.
Marlene Rodriguez Physician's Asst
Mildred Rozario Economics
Jeannen Santos Biology
Tazrina Sara Psychology
Elena Soktoeva Int'l Studies
Eric Stewart English
Koudedji Sylla English
Naa-Afi Tackie Psychology
Esa Tareb Undeclared
Yarlenny Taveras Psychology
Renee Thomas Architecture
Kristen Tomaino Childhood Edu.
Melissa Torres Chemical Engr.
Jeannette Torres Psychology
Julio Urgiles Ortiz Area St.
Franlys Vasquez Architecture
Michelle Wu Biology
Mateen Yousaf Civil Engr.
Selina Zaman Biochemistry
Academic Resource Center Tutoring Award
William Adote III
Yu Xuan Huang
Nashra Fatima Naushad
Special Service Award
Fathima Nashra Nauashad
Angela Rodriguez De Jesus
Dean’s List, Spring 2016 & Fall 2016
Yu feng Cao
Mabel Marte Taveras
Fathima Nashra Naushad
Paul Patino Maza
Julio Urgiles ortiz
2017 Scholars Showcase Presenters
Yu Xuan Huang
Nashra Fathima Naushad
Colin Powell Fellows
Kevin C. Gonzales
City College Fellows
Timothy Mcghee Melon Mays Fellow , William Hallett Greene Award
Noeliz Lee NOAA Crest Fellows
Maria Abizeid, Hawa Camara National Action Council for Minorities in Engr. (NACME) Scholarship
Nuriel Abdyan Society of American Military Eng. (SAME) Scholarship
Jasmin Torres Nitin Kumar Scholarship
Melissa Torres A.X. Schmidt Scholarship
Ruqayah Zuhair The Irwin & Ruth Fleischner Scholarship
Katherine Ferreras Frank & Rose Berscia Award I
Candace Campo Eibschutz Family Scholar
Alicia Davis Frances P. Hardesty Award for Excellence in Psychology and Service to the Community
Zunxu Tian The Bernard Levine Scholarships in Science and Mathematics
Kaisa Ajaye, Naomi Sukram Phi Beta Kappa Gamma Chapter
Mayra Gonzalez City College Scholars Ambassadors
Ramatoulaye Diallo Annette Langer Memorial Scholarship
Awards for 2015-16
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
Nada Gamea Community Engagement Fellow
Grace Olagunju Partners for Change Fellow
Nina Tinikashvili Partners for Change Fellow
Babatunde Alade Mark and Estelle Clements Scholarship Magna Cum Laude, BA-MA (June
Anika Islam Ward Medal in Political Science
Gregory Cortorreal Ward Medal for Excellence in Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, BA (June 2016)
Jose Rodriguez Marshall Berman Award in Political Science
Joel Engelman Gardner Murphy Award for Exceptional Merit in Psychology, Summa Cum
Jessica Sinchi Magna Cum Laude (June 2016)
Nisreen Osseili Magna Cum Laude BA (June 2016)
Xianfu Zhang Magna Cum Laude BS (June 2016)
Sara Seweid Magna Cum Laude BA (February 2016)
Anika Islam Summa Cum Laude BA (June 2016)
Ivana Lazaroska Magna Cum Laude BS (June 2016)
Zhang, Xuxing Cum laude (June 2016)
Marc Morales Cum Laude (June 2016)
Salome Gvinianidze Cum Laude (February 2016)
Maria Estrada Cum Laude (June 2016)
Arlene Verapen Cum Laude (June 2016)
Michael Cruz Cum Laude (September 2015)
Gurpreet Singh Cum Laude (June 2016)
Yanixa Malca Cum Laude (June 2016)
Crispin Jackson Cum Laude (June 2016)
Mildred Vil Cum Laude BS (June 2016)
Nancy Guachichulca Cum Laude BS (June 2016)
CCAPP and Division of Science Awards
Mayra Gonzalez Aunt Ethel Scholarship,Chi-Upsilon Sigma,
National Latin Sorority External Leadership,
Study Abroad Presidential Scholarship,
1st Place CSTEP Statewide Research Competition
Latisha Eligio Science/SSSP Award, Cum Laude
Malek Ayoub Albert & Frances Hochman Scholarship Award, Magna Cum Laude
Ajay Nampiaparamil The Arthur G. Levy Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude (June 2016)
Vanessa Bedoya Magna Cum Laude, BS (June 2016)
Daler Aminov Magna Cum Laude, BS (June 2016)
Lilia Sanchez Cruz Magna Cum Laude, BS (June 2016)
Jenny Moldanado Magna Cum Laude (June 2016)
Jose L. Hernandez Rodriguez Summa Cum Laude (June 2016)
Zunxu Tian Bernard B. Levine Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude, BS (June 2016)
Eseosa Aiwerioghene Bernard H Weltman Scholarship, Frank and Rose Bresca Award II,
Magna Cum Laude
Katherine Ferreras Caroline Tobia Holloway Award
Elizama Pons-Montalvo Jeffrey Steiner Award for Undergraduate Research
Zhu Zhiying Honorary Zemansky Introductory Physics Prize
Olumide Adeyekun Cum Laude, BS (June 2016)
Joy Adeyeye Cum laude (June 2016)
Jasmine Coleman Cum Laude (June 2016)
Grace Olagunja Cum Laude (June 2016)
Anju Panth Cum laude (February 2016)
College of Liberal Arts and Science
Keevin Brown Highest Black Studies Major Award, Black Studies Program (February 2016)
Bilha Njuguna The Allen Isaacman Prize in African Studies
Rebecca Wellington Magna Cum Laude (June 2016)
Yanixa R. Malca Cum Laude (June 2016)
Slanghely Y. Raffo Cum laude
Antigua Rosario Cum Laude
Grove School of Engineering
Percy Theodore Casani Cum Laude (February 2016)
Bryan Ramo Magna Cum Laude, Environmental Engineering (February 2016)
Maria Abizeid National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME),
Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude (June, 2016)
Hugh Carmichael GSOE/SSSP Engineering Award, Electrical Engineering (June 2016)
Raza Alyas GSOE/SSSP Award, Biomedical Engineering, BE ( June 2016)
Noelize Lee NOAA-CREST Fellowship, Earth Science environmental Engineering
BE (June 2016)
Bernice Oseguera NOAA-CREST Fellowship, Earth Science environmental Engineering
BE (June 2016)
Jannatul Ferdaous George and Mary Di Iorio memorial Prize, Chemical Engineering,
Magna Cum Laude (June 2016)