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J2 Scholarship

Merit based scholarship award for full time undergraduates students of high academic standing with unmet financial need in the Natural Sciences.  Awards up to $11,500.

Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science

Merit based scholarship award to full time undergraduate students who have declared a major in mathematics and computer science at Purchase College.  Preference will be given to students with high academic standing of a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Awards up to $10,000. 

Summer Tech Scholarship

Scholarship award to full time undergraduate students with a major or minor in computer science. Preference will be given to students who integrate their study of computer science with film, music, or visual art. Awards up to $3,500.

MARC U*STAR Honors Program

Honors Recipients

The Purchase College Maximizing Access to Research Careers/Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Honors Program is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH).

The program supports academically talented students from groups underrepresented in STEM who intend to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD.

Support and Training in the Junior and Senior Years

  • Tuition, fees, and health insurance
  • $1,000 per month stipend
  • 4 semesters of research at Purchase College
  • 10-week national summer research experience 
  • Attendance at scientific conferences
  • Bi-weekly program seminars

Meet Our Students 

Jorge Acuna

Jorge Acuna

I am a senior biology major. I received my associate’s degree from Rockland Community College (RCC) where I was vice president of my chapter of the beta beta beta Biological Honor Society. After my bacteriophage research experience with Dr. James Daly in the Purchase College Bridges Program, I used two new bacterial research models using M. marinum and M. aeruginosa with my colleagues at RCC. My M. marinum research focused on a fish pathogen related to M. smegmatis and M. tuberculosis and my M. aeruginosa research focused on cyanobacterial blooms. Last year, I worked with Dr. Daly to continue research on bacteriophages and Renibacterium salmoninarum, a fish pathogen that causes bacterial kidney disease. This past summer I participated in the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where I conducted research on detecting mouse hepatitis virus RNA in infected macrophages. This year, I am working with Dr. Elliott Abrams studying molecular processes functioning during early development using Tetrahymena thermophila. After graduating from Purchase, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Virology.


Mennefer Blue

Mennefer Blue

I am a senior psychology major. I am currently a learning assistant for Research Methods I, a tutor at the Einstein Corner, and the president of the Psychology Club. Last year, I worked with Dr. Yanine Hess on a research project focused on intrapersonal and interpersonal responses to social rejection. This past summer I worked at the University of Michigan in Dr. Ethan Kross’s lab on a research project focusing on how knowledge about the duration of a painful or unpleasant experience can affect emotions during such experience. I am currently working on my senior thesis with Dr. Christopher Williams, examining the cognitive underpinnings of individuals’ objectification of sexualized women. I am also investigating the correlation between this tendency and predictors of sexual violence. My interests include understanding the causes of sexual violence and developing appropriate interventions to reduce it. After graduation, I plan to gain an international perspective on these issues in a lab abroad and then return to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology.


Jennifer Paulino

Jennifer Paulino

I am a junior biology major. I graduated with my associate’s degree in Mathematics and Science with a concentration in Health Science from Westchester Community College where I was also a Phi Theta Kappa member. In summer 2018 I participated in the Bridges to Baccalaureate program in Dr. James Daly’s lab, where I worked with the bacterium Aeromonas salmonicida. We investigated the S layer of this bacterium and its role in the formation of biofilm.  This past summer, I participated in the Summer Research Undergraduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Penelope Morel’s lab. My project focused on identifying where AKT phosphorylates hnRNP L in the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway, a factor important in T regulatory cell differentiation. This year I am working in Dr. Stephen Harris’s lab. My project will use metagenomics to characterize host-pathogen interactions. Currently, I am a learning assistant for Cell Biology. My future goals are to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in biology and pursue an MD/PhD. My fields of interest are the human gut microbiome, microbiology, and immunology.

Elizabeth Bardwil-Lugones

Elizabeth Bardwil-Lugones

My academic career began at Westchester Community College where I received associate degrees in Engineering Science and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science. Currently I am a junior and Biology/Biochemistry double major. This past summer I participated in the Bridges Program at Purchase College where I tested for antifungal properties in sage and a derivative of curcumin. I will be presenting my findings from this research at the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students in November. This year I am working with Dr. Stephen Harris on a genomic sequencing and bioinformatics project. I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. related to infectious diseases, but am approaching my next two years at Purchase with an open mind to explore other topics and fields of study as well.

Angelique Malcolm

Angelique Malcolm

I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry. I came to Purchase College after completing its Bridges to the Baccalaureate summer research program. I worked with Dr. Mark Jonas researching how genome-wide methylation affects responses to elevated carbon dioxide in the model flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana. During my first year in the MARC U*STAR Honors Program, I worked with Dr. Elliot Abrams comparing various genotyping techniques for zebrafish mutants. The purpose of this research was to investigate a novel gene, brambleberry, and offer insights to other researchers about several PCR-based genotyping strategies. This past summer, I worked in Dr. James R. Alfano’s lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln investigating the involvement of Arabidopsis MAP65s in plant immunity against Pseudomonas syringae. For my senior year, I will continue my research with Dr. Elliot Abrams, creating CRISPR-Cas9 knockouts brambleberry-related zebrafish. After receiving a bachelor’s degree at Purchase College, I plan to pursue a Ph.D in Biochemistry.

Meet Our Graduates 

Jordan Billups 

Jordan Billups's HeadshotI am a senior math/computer science major and I am interested in the intersection of computer science and biology. This past summer I participated in the Rosetta Commons REU at Northeastern University. As part of the internship, I added features to a puzzle-based human computation game which leverages human problem solving skills to predict protein structures and even design new proteins. In particular, my research focused on encouraging players to explore a broader range of possible puzzle solutions and, hopefully, generate more diverse structure predictions. I will be giving a poster presentation based the  results of that research at ABRCMS in November and intend to continue the work for my senior project. 
After graduating from Purchase College I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in bioinformatics.  

 Pamela Grigas

Pamela Grigas's headshotI am a senior psychology major and a MARC U*STAR scholar. This summer I was a research assistant at Columbia University and worked with my faculty mentor Dr. Van C. Tran on a project about gentrification and psychological well-being. This fall I am beginning my senior project with the guidance of my faculty advisor Dr. Krystal Perkins. My work will focus on racial stress and mental health/well-being. In addition, I am currently a teaching assistant for Research Methods I. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I plan to complete a Ph.D. in social or clinical psychology and study racial and ethnic differences in terms of racialized experiences, mental health, and health disparities.​ 


Sarah Ann King 

Sarah Ann King's HeadshotI am a third year biology major. I began college at Nassau Community College. I have had an interest in biology and biological technology for as long as I can remember.  I am currently conducting research on the interactions of the antimicrobial peptide Maximin-3 and manufactured lipid membranes, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Middleton. I serve as a peer tutor for General Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Statistics. Following the completion of my bachelor’s degree, I will pursue a doctoral degree and research career in regenerative medicine.


Lina Ruiz 

Lina Ruiz

I am a third-year biology major. My fields of interest are evolution and genomics. I am working with Dr. Mark Jonas, investigating how changes in genome-wide methylation affect responses to elevated carbon dioxide in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This past summer I participated in the Amgen Scholar Program at UC Berkeley, where I conducted research on phage-mediated protection against Pseudomonas syringae in tomato plants. Currently I am a Learning Assistant for General Biology I Lab. After graduating from Purchase College, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology.