Catching Up with Macaulay Honors College Students

The Macaulay Honors College at CSI provides exceptional students with a vast array of opportunities to intern at prestigious institutions and companies, expanding their knowledge and professional experience and connections. Here is some of the latest news on some of MHC’s students:

Justin Peterkin (Physics ’21) will attend University of Maryland to pursue a PhD in Physics this fall. He is interested in condensed matter theory and in the properties of novel and exotic materials. He conducted undergrad Physics research at CSI, was a member of AstroCom, and did an NSF REU with Stony Brook University. This summer, he will intern with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) within their Physical & Computational Sciences Directorate, through the GEM Program.

Victoria Mollo (’22) has been accepted to participate in Purdue University’s 2021 Summer Research Opportunities Program. She will be focusing on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on single mothers and their children to identify ways to help them cope/improve their current conditions.

Shawn Abraham (’21) has been accepted into Columbia University’s Master’s Program in the Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy, where he will be pursuing a Master’s in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. Shawn completed a Wealth Management Internship with Merrill Lynch, triple-majored in Business Information Systems & Informatics/Economics/Finance and did undergraduate research with Dr. Jonathan Peters. This summer, he will be studying with the London School of Economics.

Syleste Alexander (Marketing ’22 with minors in Management and Art History) will be interning at the Whitney Museum this summer. She will be creating and executing efforts that promote the Whitney’s programs to the public while advancing the Museum’s broader branding goals. Syleste has previously interned as a Student Ambassador for the MOMA, as a Met Collective Ambassador with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a social media intern for the Macaulay Honors College.

Veronica Pistek (Corporate Communications ’21) has accepted a full-time position with Merkley + Co (the ad agency that manages the Mercedes Benz account) as a media planner. Veronica was Editor in Chief of the CSI Banner and President of the CSI American Marketing Association. Veronica served as a CUNY Cultural Corps member with the SI Children’s Museum, focusing on social media marketing and development. She also interned with the Selective Corporate Internships program (SCIP).

Danielle Ohana (Bioinformatics ’22 on the Pre-Dental Track) will be working this summer in collaboration with the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, operated by faculty of Harvard Medical School. She will be participating in animal trials that will quantify the ability of a new device to treat periodontitis in vivo using a Wistar rat ligature model. Successful results from these studies will be used to design human clinical trials in the future.

Senior Patryk Zagula (’21) will be attending Columbia University this fall (2021) to pursue a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. Patryk will specialize in smart electric energy—an area which focuses on the generation, conversion, and distribution of electrical energy. He will study the analysis and design of power electronics as well as motor drive and learn about alternative energy resources and electricity markets.

Maxwell Velikody (‘22 Political Science, Philosophy, History major) will be a Compliance Summer Analyst with Morgan Stanley. He has previously interned with Pfizer’s Compliance Business Unit, the New York and Richmond County DAs, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and the Richmond County Surrogate’s Court.

By Anita Romano and Terry Mares ​​