Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory Collaborate to Offer Scholarships and Internships to Students in the Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE)

Stony Brook University issued this news release. For information about Brookhaven Lab’s participation in the scholarship program, contact Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347, or

STONY BROOK, N.Y., February 18, 2010 — Stony Brook students enrolled in the Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE) are eligible for scholarships of up to $3,500 to recognize their achievements in research in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and technology fields. In addition, four internships at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) are available to students in the WISE program.

WISE is an honors program that is designed to engage women who have ability and interest in mathematics, science, or engineering in the excitement and challenge of research. The program is multifaceted and provides many services for its students including: mentoring, academic advising, research opportunities (all first year students participate in research), scholarships and professional development.

“The key is to engage and retain high achieving women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The ultimate goal is to create and sustain a diversified workforce by increasing the number of women in fields that historically have not had adequate female representation,” said Carrie-Ann Miller, Director of WISE.


Sponsored by Stony Brook’s Office of the Vice President for Brookhaven National Laboratory Affairs (OVPBNLA), a total of $10,000 in scholarships is available to WISE students who are in their second academic year and above. Scholarships will be given in the range of $1,000-$3,500.

Complete applications for scholarships must be received by the WISE office by March 20, 2010.

Scholarships will be decided by a committee made up of BWIS (Brookhaven Women in Science), the Office of Education at BNL, and WISE faculty and staff. Awards will be given to full-time students who are enrolled in WISE. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2.


Funding for four internships will be provided by Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for four WISE students to participate in internships at BNL through the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) administered through the Office of Educational Programs. Students will be placed with a mentor to conduct research for 10 weeks. Students will receive a stipend, and housing will be available for non-local students.

This is a great opportunity for women who have aspirations for a career in science to gain valuable research experience. The selection committee will consist of representatives of WISE, BWIS and BNL’s Office of Educational Programs. To see the different research areas available at BNL go and enter “SULI”.

Complete applications for internships must be received by the WISE office by February 22, 2010.

To apply for scholarships or an internship, contact Carrie-Ann Miller, Director of WISE, at (631) 632-9648, Fax (631) 632-4779 or

To learn more about WISE visit the WISE website

Identified as a national model program by the National Science Foundation, WISE offers a combination of curricular and extracurricular activities, such as hands-on research experience from the first year on, membership in small study groups led by advanced undergraduate women “junior mentors,” individual academic advising, frequent interaction with faculty, and numerous social activities that range from guest lectures to field trips. Through participation in WISE, students become part of a community of women scientists that also includes women graduate students, faculty, and scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and industry.

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,600 acres. In the 50+ years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 24,000 students and 2,100 faculty and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and ranks among the top 100 national universities in America and among the top 50 public national universities in the country according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report survey. Considered one of the “flagship” campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton, that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

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