Student Honors

Thunderstorm Studies

LaGuardia CC student Ernesto Rivera was the only community college representative among 10 CUNY students selected to participate in a major faculty supervised student research project funded by a $459,000 National Science Foundation grant. The 25-year-old liberal arts/math and science major has teamed up with Obehi Ukpebor, a student from York College, and Professor Brian Vant Hall of CCNY, to study and research remote sensing as it applies to thunderstorm nowcasting, which is the prediction of storms within a short time before their occurrence.

Psychology Award

Sarah Kopelovich, a second-year graduate student in the CUNY Doctoral Program in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has won the prestigious American Psychological Association National Convention Research Award. She was honored for her research project that deals with the hazards of overdependence on voice identification testimony, the parameters of the cross race effect in visual identification, and that cautions against the haphazard use of multiple independent identifiers.

CSI At Film Festival

Two graduate students in the College of Staten Island’s Master’s program in Cinema and Media Studies were selected to take part in the 56th annual San Sebastián International Film Festival in San Sebastián, Spain last September as part of the Festival’s International Film School. Norie Taniguchi screened her film, “Women without Voices,” while Kristie Falco was part of the jury for the student section of the Festival. CSI was one of only 14 institutions worldwide chosen to participate in the 2008 International Film School.

Vanguard Tech Award

Lehman College senior Blanca Cambi is one of only nine students nationwide to receive Vanguard’s 2008 Women in Information Technology Scholarship Award. Ms. Cambi is currently participating in the IBM-Lehman College Internship Program at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, N.Y. and plans further study in management information systems. She received $8,000 to cover tuition, books and supplies from Vanguard, which awards merit-based scholarships to female college seniors.