PhD Works ACE 2020 supports 15 graduate students
with their career exploration beyond academia
With a record number of successful applications, fifteen graduate students from Stony Brook University accepted the PhD Works Awards for Career Exploration (ACE) Spring & Summer 2020. Awardees received up to $750 to enhance their professional skills and their readiness for careers beyond the professorate and research in their academic fields.
is a program created by the
Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development
unit at Stony Brook’s Graduate School. This round of awards was generously sponsored
by the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the
Graduate Student Organization
The awardees for the Spring & Summer 2020 round are Julie Bettke (Molecular and Cellular Biology), Daniene Byrne (Technology, Policy, and Innovation), Zoey Shu-Yi Chu (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Jay Deitcher (Creative Writing and Literature), Emily Gillcrist (Cultural Analysis and Theory), Vaughn Greene (Biomedical Engineering), Sheed Itaman (Neurobiology and Behavior), John Klecker (Chemistry), Michael Lenmark (Sociology), Sergey Madaminov (Computer Science), Valeria Montoya (Microbiology and Immunology), Shrish Patel (Materials Science and Engineering), Shen Tu (Geosciences), Feng Zhang (Materials Science and Engineering), and Xiaoqing Zhang (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences). Congratulations to them all!
PhD Works supports meaningful career exploration activities for Stony Brook graduate students that prepare them for the professional workforce outside the traditional academic research track. A new competition of PhD Works ACE is available every semester. For more information about PhD Works ACE and the current open round, please visit the PhD Works website.
Check the current PhD Works ACE Spring & Summer 2020 awardees’ profiles.
Molecular and Cellular Biology
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Julie’s enrollment in an online certification course on Writing in the Sciences to expand her skillset to pursue a career in science writing and editing.
Technology, Policy, and Innovation
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Daniene's registration for a Regulatory Group training, which provide her with foundational experiences including exposure to real world regulatory challenges and the guidance and techniques that future rulemakers must understand to operate effectively.
Zoey Shu-Yi Chu
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Zoey's enrollment in an online Japanese proficiency workshop to prepare for the JLPT certificate, diversify her language skills, and open up career options in the international relations field related to public policies, transnational diplomacy, and global social work.
Creative Writing and Literature
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Jay's registration to an eight-week online course on Building a Writing Career on the Internet that teaches how to build a writer's platform, find their audience, stay organized, promote their brand, and work with editors.
Cultural Analysis and Theory
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Emily's participation in two months of one-on-one feedback sessions about her artwork and guidance for her professional practices through NYC Crit Club's Independent Study Program.
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Vaughn's participation in 3D bioprinting projects at the Feinstein Institute at Northwell Health.
Neurobiology and Behavior
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Sheed's registration to a New York Academy of Sciences course on how molecular modeling tools are used to aid in drug discovery and design.
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported John's attendance to the 2020 Science Alliance Leadership Training, a 5-day program organized by New York Academy of Science that provides the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and management skills and connect with a robust network.
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Michael's registration to a virtual workshop on innovative techniques in Responsive Survey Design offered by the University of Michigan's Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques.
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Sergey's access to a platform to gain knowledge in managing software development processes and improve his skills operating in a cloud environment.
Microbiology and Immunology
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Valeria's registration to an online specialization course on data science using R offered by Johns Hopkins University.
Materials Science and Engineering
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Shrish's attendance to the 2020 Science Alliance Leadership Training, a 5-day program organized by New York Academy of Science that provides the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and management skills and connect with a robust network.
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Shen's registration to a certification in applied data science with python focusing on data cleaning, data mining and visualization.
Materials Science and Engineering
PhD Works ACE 2020 supported Feng's attendance to the 2020 Science Alliance Leadership Training, a 5-day program organized by New York Academy of Science that provides the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and management skills and connect with a robust network.
Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
PhD Works ACE 2020 partially supported Xiaoqing's participation in an online data bootcamp that helped her master the most relevant advanced data analysis skills to further strengthen her career profile.