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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I 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.
I 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
I 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.
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.