8 Gerstner Sloan Kettering Students Receive Fellowships for the 2018-2019 Academic Year


Grayer Fellows

Third-year students Yu-Jung Chen and Miguel Francisco de Jesus have been named the 2018–2019 Grayer Fellows. The fellowships were established by Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Grayer. Mr. Grayer is a member of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Boards of Overseers and Managers and is Chairman and CEO of Weld North, an investment company. Each year, two Grayer Fellows are selected based on achieved excellence as demonstrated by their thesis proposal examination.

Olayan Fellow

Second-year student Florisela Herrejon Chavez has been selected as the 2018–2019 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.

Robert B. Catell Fellow

Second-year student Buren Li has been named the 2018–2019 Robert B. Catell Fellow. Established by Robert Catell, the fellowship grew out of his commitment to advancing cancer research. It supports the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Mr. Catell is a former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan, and he 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 serves on the boards of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, the New York Academy of Sciences, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, among others.

Palestin Fellow

Second-year student Mariano Aufiero has been awarded the 2018–2019 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.

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellows

Second-year students Mollie Chipman, Ellen Horste, and Adele Whaley received the 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.