SUNY Selects 13 Students for Summer Neuroscience Internships

May 20, 2014

Albany – The State University of New York and Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) today announced 13 students who have been selected for the first SUNY Brain Summer Scholars Program, part of the SUNY Brain Network of Excellence.

Research conducted by students this summer will support President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which aims to increase understanding of how the brain works in order to develop new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders.

“The SUNY Networks of Excellence allow us to offer students unique opportunities like the Summer Scholars Program, where they will be on the cutting edge of new research and innovation that has the potential to transform highly-specialized fields such as neuroscience,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to this first class of Summer Scholars and thank you to the SUNY faculty across New York who will work alongside our students and ensure the program’s success.” 

“As a leader in neuroscience study, SUNY can play a primary role in building the pipeline of future researchers,” said Dr. Timothy Killeen, RF president and SUNY vice chancellor for research. “The SUNY Brain Summer Scholars Program provides a necessary and focused platform to attract undergraduates with aptitude in physics, computation, engineering and mathematics to the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience.”

Students were selected for the program from more than 70 applicants based on criteria such as faculty recommendation, academic transcripts, and a personal statement of interest. The students will conduct hands-on research that supports the work of SUNY Brain faculty at the University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, and Upstate Medical University.

The 2014 SUNY Brain Summer Scholars are:

  • Roi Ankawa, University at Albany
  • Vyassa Baratham, Stony Brook University
  • Jessica Glauber, University at Buffalo
  • Erich Horeth, Stony Brook University
  • Aatman Makadia, Stony Brook University
  • Darius Matalavage, Binghamton University
  • Vinosh Mathuranayagam, Stony Brook University
  • Diana Norman, SUNY Canton
  • Sarah Park, Binghamton University
  • Marvin Rodriguez, SUNY Oneonta
  • Justin Thomas, Stony Brook University
  • Thomas Yocono, University at Albany
  • Evan Yu, Stony Brook University

The SUNY Brain Network of Excellence is designed to maximize interdisciplinary and collaborative neuroscience research across SUNY campuses and facilitate partnerships with academia, industry, and the community. 

SUNY Brain is one of five SUNY Networks of Excellence establish to increase research collaborations and spur commercialization activities between SUNY and industry partners in core research areas. The others are SUNY 4E, SUNY Health, and SUNY Materials, Advanced Manufacturing, and SUNY Arts and Humanities.

About The Research Foundation for The State University of New York

The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The RF manages SUNY’s research portfolio providing essential sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty and students performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences. The RF moves SUNY ideas and inventions to the marketplace collaborating with business and industry to create new opportunity and new jobs for New York State. To learn more about the RF visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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