News and Events
McNulty Scholars Awarded National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
Munazza Alam and Sara Camnasio have been awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (YEG) to support their astrophysics research in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History and the BDNYC (Brown Dwarfs in New York City) research group. The grant will support their travel to national observatories, and includes a publicity component that allows grantees to discuss their scientific results. YEG is committed to supporting fieldwork opportunities for the new generation of scientists. Sara and Munazza will use these funds to travel to either the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile or the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in Hilo, Hawaii.
McNulty Scholars at STEMinism Conference
On Thursday October 23rd, the McNulty Scholars attended the 4th annual STEMinism conference organized by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York. This year's conference theme was STEMinism: Inspiring Women Scientists, and Dr. Meg Urry's key note address was nothing short of inspiring and empowering for an auditorium full of actualized and scientists in becoming. President of the American Astronomical Society and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Dr. Urry, gave an insightful account of her professional and personal trajectory, and the perks of an academic career. We hope Hunter's McNulty scholars picked some of Dr. Urry's (brilliant) brains, and got even more convinced to pursue career in sciences.
|Dr. Meg Urry, President of the American Astronomical Society and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics||Q & A with Claudia Dreifus, journalist, educator and lecturer, writer of the weekly feature "Conversation with..." of the Science Section of the New York Times.|
|Photos by Munazza Alam|
McNulty Scholar, Sara Camnasio, to present at TEDxCUNY
Hunter student and McNulty Scholar, Sara Camnasio, has been selected to speak at TEDxCUNY, the first public university TEDx conference in New York City. Alongside her research partner and fellow McNulty Scholar, Munazza Alam, Sara conducts research on brown dwarfs at the American Museum of Natural History. Sara's TEDxCUNY presentation will be about rebranding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
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McNulty Scholars Will Use NASA Facility for Their Research
Mauna Kea, which stands 4,200 meters high in Hilo, Hawaii, has the world’s leading observatory for optical, infrared, and sub millimeter astronomy.
The students have been conducting research in the group Brown Dwarfs of New York City (BDNYC) with Professors Emily Rice (College of Staten Island) and Kelle Cruz (Hunter College) for the past two and a half years. The research group is established by the Astrophysics Department in the American Museum of Natural History. Brown dwarfs are astronomical objects, similar to stars, but are too small to maintain hydrogen fusion in their cores. Their masses are between 10-70 times that of the planet, Jupiter, but they are still considered lighter than stars.
In order to further their research in BDNYC, the students wanted to earn telescope time at the NASA facility. Thus, they submitted scientific proposals to the NASA facility and were approved to use the telescope. Munazza and Sara will be headed to Hawaii this December!
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Fall 2014 McNulty Scholars Welcome Luncheon
McNulty Program Administrators, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko and Rachel Verni, and Graduate Assistant, Svetlana Jovic, welcomed the 2014-2015 cohort of McNulty Scholars at a luncheon held on Wednesday September 10th, 2014. Hunter is thrilled to have ten new scholars joining the program this year, whose diverse research interests span from physics and biological sciences to computer science and psychology. The new members of this year's cohort of McNulty Scholars include Munazza Alam, Naxhije Berisha, Janet Borrero, Sara Camnasio, Daphne Ko, Diane Kogan, Alla Uts, Roseann Weick, Linda Wong, and Nadha Yakoob. They were joined by returning scholars Rena Abramova, Ruth Hauptman, Nicola Kriefall, Chhime Sherpa, and Esraa Soliman, who are continuing to conduct their exciting research and serving as peer mentors to the new group of McNulty Scholars as well. During lunch, the new scholars learned more about the research and professional development they will receive as McNulty Scholars and through their membership in Hunter’s Science Mathematics Opportunities Network (SciMON). The lunch was also the first opportunity of the year for new and returning scholars to introduce themselves and learn more about each of their peers.
McNulty Scholars End of the Year Celebration May 2014
To celebrate the end of the year, the 2013-2014 McNulty Scholars; McNulty Program Administrators Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko and Rachel Verni; and Graduate Assistant, Hannah Jaicks all gathered on May 14th for one final luncheon to share their experiences from conducting research this past year, their summer plans, and their future goals for next year. This event was a send off to the graduating Scholars who shared their various exciting research and postgraduate plans. It was also a chance for the Scholars who will be returning next year to talk about how they hope to build upon their research projects and continue to develop their professional skills as future scientists. Lastly, it was an opportunity for everyone to share one more event with one another, further reflecting what academically talented and uniquely curious individuals this year's Scholar are.
McNulty Scholars Luncheon With President Raab and Anne McNulty Spring 2014
On Wednesday April 9th, the McNulty Scholars attended a luncheon hosted by President Jennifer Raab. At the luncheon, Scholars had a chance to meet and discuss their research and interests with Anne V. McNulty, the foundation's founder; her son Johnny McNulty, a foundation trustee; and Aprile Age, the foundation directormay go around the table and ask you all to introduce yourselves. The luncheon was a celebration of the Scholars' work and the support that the John P. McNulty Foundation provides. At the event, eight McNulty Scholars introduced themselves, their current research projects, their experiences presenting at the recent Hunter Undergraduate Research Conference (held March 5-6th, 2014), as well as their other passions and future ambitions. This event was a fantastic way for the Scholars to convey how passionate they are about their pursuits and what the scholarship has meant to them.
McNulty Scholars End of Semester Luncheon Fall 2013
On December 11th, 2013, the McNulty Scholars and Program Administrators had the honor of hosting Dr. Ann Henderson, Associate Provost and Dean for the Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Science and Professor of Biological Sciences at Hunter College. At the luncheon, Dr. Henderson spoke to the scholars about her experiences as a woman in a science discipline. Her talk, "Women in STEMS; Does the US have a plumbing problem?," prompted a lively discussion by the scholars. It was a chance for them to raise questions and voice their experiences as they begin and continue their paths in the STEM fields. Also over lunch, the scholars shared updates about the progress of their research and their plans for the upcoming Undergraduate Research Conference in March at Hunter College.
Fall 2013 McNulty Scholars Welcome Luncheon
McNulty Program Administrators, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko and Rachel Verni, and Graduate Assistant, Hannah Jaicks, welcomed the 2013-2014 cohort of McNulty Scholars at a luncheon held on Wednesday September 11th, 2013. The new members of this year's cohort of McNulty Scholars include Rena Abramova, Ruth Hauptman, Nicola Kriefall, Rubana Rahman, Chhime Sherpa, and Esraa Soliman. They were joined by returning scholars Alla Akselrod, Katarzyna Golec, Carol Hosny, Shajoti Rahman, and Jane Selegean, who are continuing to conduct their exciting research and serving as peer mentors to the new group of McNulty Scholars as well. During lunch, the new scholars learned more about the research and professional development they will receive as McNulty Scholars and through their membership in Hunter’s Science Mathematics Opportunities Network (SciMON). The lunch was also the first opportunity of the year for new and returning scholars to introduce themselves and learn more about each of their peers.
2012 McNulty Scholars Program Launch and Hunter College/SciMON Science Poster Day
On March 14, 2012, Johnny McNulty, Trustee of the John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation, Aprile Age, Director of the John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation and Hunter College President Raab welcomed the inaugural cohort of McNulty Scholars at a luncheon to publicly kick-off the new John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math at Hunter College. Over lunch, the McNulty Scholars talked about the research they are conducting with their McNulty mentors and about their aspirations in science. After lunch, Mr. McNulty, Ms. Age and President Raab accompanied the McNulty Scholars to the annual Hunter College/SciMON Science Poster Day, where the McNulty Scholars presented posters of their research.
2012 McNulty Scholars Spring Luncheon
On February 29, 2012, the McNulty Scholars and the program administrators met over lunch to discuss progress in their labs, the importance of developing professional networks, leadership in science and their upcoming presentations at Science Poster Day.
2011 McNulty Scholars Welcome Luncheon
On September 14, 2011, McNulty Program Administrators, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko and Michele McNeill, invited the inaugural cohort of McNulty Scholars to lunch to welcome them to the program. The first cohort of McNulty Scholars includes Vivienne Baldassare (Physics & Astronomy), Valentyna Erstenyuk (Psychology), Ann George (Psychology), Elena Guskova (Chemistry), Elen Gusman(Biological Sciences), Kathleen McGovern (Physics and Astronomy), and Mariola Szenk (Physics and Astronomy). Over lunch, the group discussed opportunities available to the McNulty Scholars via their McNulty Mentors, their participation in the McNulty Scholars Program, and their membership in Hunter’s Science Mathematics Opportunities Network (SciMON). The lunch was also a wonderful opportunity for the McNulty Scholars to meet and start to get to know each other.