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Meet Brookhaven Science Associates' 2017 College Scholarship Awardees

Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), the company that manages Brookhaven Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy through a partnership between Battelle and Stony Brook University, has announced the 2017 BSA Scholarship awardees. These annual scholarships are awarded to children of employees at the Lab—a longstanding tradition that began at Brookhaven in 1965.

“Brookhaven Science Associates is proud to recognize these remarkable students as they pursue higher education, preparing to address challenges and identify opportunities ahead," said Ron Townsend, BSA Board Chair and Battelle Executive Vice President for Global Laboratory Operations. "On behalf of BSA, I wish them all the best for a very bright future. Congratulations to the students—and their parents too."

Each BSA scholar is a high school senior who will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years of study at the college or university of his or her choice. In addition, BSA scholars who are admitted and enroll as full-time students at Stony Brook University in the fall of 2017 will receive a matching scholarship from the university, according to Stony Brook President and BSA Board Vice Chair Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

2017 BSA Scholarship Awardees

1. Renata Bruno, who lives in Kings Park and will soon graduate from Kings Park High School, is the daughter of Christopher Bruno in the Energy & Utilities Division. Renata will attend St. John's University and plans to major in quantitative risk management and insurance for a career in the insurance industry.

2. Amelia Camino, daughter of Fernando Camino at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, lives in Port Jefferson Station and attends Comsewogue High School. She will major in physics and mathematics at Stony Brook University for a career in research.

3. Brandon Feng attends Ward Melville High School, lives in South Setauket, and is the son of Lynn Ma of the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department. Brandon will attend Cornell University for a career in science.

4. Kerry Jappe, a senior at Ward Melville High School and resident of South Setauket, is the daughter of Warren Jappe from the Collider-Accelerator Department. Kerry intends to study science at Carnegie Mellon University for a career in scientific research.

5. Ellen Li lives in Setauket, attends Ward Melville High School, and her father is Qiang Li from the Condensed Matter Physics & Material Science Division. Ellen will attend Brown University to study applied mathematics, biology, and computational biology to become a researcher.

6. Amanda Muratore, daughter of Joseph Muratore in the Superconducting Magnet Division, lives in Stony Brook and attends Ward Melville High School. She will attend the University of Chicago and intends to major in physics.

7. Nikita Podobedov, who lives in East Setauket and attends Ward Melville High School, is the son of Boris Podobedov of the National Synchrotron Light Source II. He will study engineering in college at Columbia University.

8. Anita Rescia of Port Jefferson and Earl L. Vandermeulen High School is the daughter of Sergio Rescia in the Instrumentation Division. She intends to double major in Spanish and Italian and minor in French, working to become an elementary school teacher.

9. Nestor Tkachenko, a senior at Ward Melville High School and resident of East Setauket, is the son of Oksana Ivashkevych at the National Synchrotron Light Source II and Alexei Tkachenko at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. He will attend Harvard College to major in physics and plans to become an inventor.

10. Emily Xu, daughter of Jun Xu in the Lab's Information Technology Division, lives in Centereach and attends Ward Melville High School. She will attend Johns Hopkins University and will major in chemistry and molecular biology for a career in medicine.

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