Second Year Students Awarded Fellowships

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Pictured: Gregory Mazo, Jenny Karo & Robert Bowman 2011 Graduate Student Fellows (From left) Gregory Mazo, Jenny Karo, and Robert Bowman

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowships Announced

Three second-year students — Robert Bowman, Jenny Karo, and Gregory Mazo — received Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowships. Recipients are selected at the end of their first year of study based on academic excellence. By providing support for outstanding Gerstner Sloan Kettering students, the Beene Fellowships are designed to expand the pool of investigators trained to pursue research in the highly complex and multidisciplinary field of cancer biology.

Robert B. Catell Fellow Named

Pictured: Shefali Krishna Shefali Krishna Second-year student Shefali Krishna has been named the 2011-2012 Robert B. Catell Fellow. Established by Robert Catell, the fellowship grew out of Mr. Catell's belief in the need for advanced cancer research. It supports the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Mr. Catell is the former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan and chairs the Advisory Boards for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University and the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. In addition, he chairs the Advisory Councils of the New York Energy Policy Institute and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. Mr. Catell also serves on the boards of the Cristo Rey Network's Lourdes Academy, Futures in Education Endowment, Tomorrow's Hope Foundation, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Olayan Fellow Selected

Second-year student Joseph Pucella has been selected as the 2011-2012 Olayan Fellow. The fellowship, established by The Olayan Group, supports the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Founded in 1947 by Suliman S. Olayan, The Olayan Group is a multinational corporation of more than 50 companies and affiliated businesses.

Pictured: Chong Luo Chong Luo

Palestin Fellowship Awarded

Second-year student Chong Luo has been awarded the 2011-2012 Beatrice P. K. Palestin Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2006 by the family of Beatrice Palestin to support the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Mrs. Palestin was a New York philanthropist with a longtime interest in cancer research.