Young Graphic Designer Wins CSI 60th Anniversary Logo Contest

Robert Weber, winner of the CSI 60th Anniversary logo competition is joined by CSI Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna (left) and CSI Foundation President Samir Farag.

When Robert Weber ’16 considered entering the College of Staten Island’s 60th Anniversary Logo Contest, he knew he wanted to create something original and beautiful.

His hours and weeks of hard work paid off when his art was selected as the winner of the contest. The Communications major with a minor in Design and Digital Media, who has been working for several years as a freelance graphic designer, noted that his inspiration “started with the idea that the logo ought to not be the typical ‘Collegiate’ style.”

“It is too often that you see designs produced by colleges that look the same. I didn’t want the design to be stereotypical of a college production,” said Weber, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. John’s University and has also studied Information Security and Forensics for two years at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

To celebrate the College’s Diamond Anniversary, the Office of Communications and Marketing, Division of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, hosted the competition to provide the opportunity for a currently enrolled CSI student to become part of the CSI legacy by designing the College’s 60th Anniversary Logo.

Weber’s winning logo entry will be used online, in print, on merchandise, and to create stickers that can be placed on books, letterhead, and envelopes. It will also become part of the prize-winning portfolio of the successful entrant. In addition, he will receive $500.

Weber, who will graduate Magna Cum Laude this spring with a 3.8 GPA and Honors, was proud to be chosen out of the four finalists.

“I wanted to give back to CSI as my time here came to a close… I feel accomplished to have been able to leave behind a positive mark on the College of Staten Island,” said Weber, a Great Kills resident who graduated from Susan Wagner High School. He has offered his design services at no cost to many small businesses in New York as he believes that “giving back to those who help our local economy is very important.”

The young artist’s design process began with sketching out ideas that included the required text in varying sizes and framing each sketch with a diamond. He drew his color inspiration from the colors and composition of the CSI logo.

Using Adobe Illustrator, he began his work, and after about a week of browsing through dozens of fonts, colors, sizes, and constant repositioning, “I had my final revision of this flat and elegant design that aligns with the identity of the College of Staten Island while expressing a sense of modernism.”

This summer, Weber will be interning at CNET, a subsidiary of CBS in New York.




Tufano Earns NFCA All-Star Honors; Among Three CSI Scholar-Athletes Cited

2016 College of Staten Island Scholar-Athlete of the Year Christina Tufano earned that same recognition along with teammates Jacqueline Cautela and Vanessa Joia by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this week, and the senior third-baseman doubled on the third-team All-East Region team, it was announced yesterday.  The NFCA awarded over 300 all-star citations yesterday in total spanning eight different regions.

Tufano earned on to the All-East team after a dazzling senior season that saw her hit .385, tied for a team best 47 hits along with team highs in triples, RBI, and slugging percentage.  She is a sure-fire four-time CUNYAC All-Star and former Player of the Year for the conference, who this year broke the school career record for hits, RBI, and doubles.

Christina Tufano receives CUNYAC-wide Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year citation at the Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner.

She also doubles as an NFCA Scholar-Athlete, awarded for her cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better along with her proficiency on the diamond.  That was cited when she took home CSI Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and she will receive the CUNYAC-wide Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year citation at the Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner tomorrow, hosted by the CUNY Athletic Conference.

Joining her in Scholar-Athlete recognitions was Cautela and Joia.  Both were named to the NCAA All-Region Tournament Team this past weekend as well, and both sport an above 3.5 GPA in their respective disciplines.  Cautela was the team’s Most Valuable Player this season, sporting a 13-7 overall record in the circle with a 1.65 ERA with a team best 127 innings pitched and 114 strikeouts.  She also batted a whopping .367 in a team-best 128 at-bats with 44 runs scored and 18 doubles, both team highs.

A sophomore, Joia, batted a team-best .394 this season, scattering 9 extra base-hits and a team-best .453 on-base percentage.  She also sported a .993 glove behind the plate, committing a lone error in 152 chances behind the backstop.

CSI finished 26-14 this season, taking a game in the Ewing Regional this past weekend before suffering a pair of one-run losses that eliminated them from play.

Macaulay Honors Student Receives Honorable Mention for Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Naomi Gaggi presenting neuroscience research to CUNY administrators and government officials at the New York Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

Some students are student athletes; some are researchers or scholars.  Some study abroad, help in the community, and plan to devote their career to helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Naomi Gaggi ’17 chose all of the above.

The Brooklyn native student at the Macaulay Honors College (MHC) recently received an Honorable Mention for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

However, her scholarship and achievements do not simply end there.

Gaggi is also a New York Trust Fund Scholarship Recipient, a Meyer Scholar, a National Collegiate Scholar, a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award winner, and a Dean’s List student.

The College of Staten Island (CSI) Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience and Autism Spectrum Disorders is naturally not content with simply wading through college with multiple scholarships and awards.  Gaggi is also an active member of CSI’s Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, securing her place as a CUNY Athletics Conference All-Star and Swimmer of the Week, both in 2016, and receiving the CSI Women’s Swimming & Diving Team Coach’s Award (2014 – 2015) and Rookie of the Year Award (2013 – 2014).

Naomi Gaggi at the 2015 CUNYAC Championships

A St. Joseph Hill Academy graduate, Gaggi does have some method to her college madness. “I am highly adamant in the importance of time management and being proactive in all aspects of being a student, not only in the classroom. I strive to exemplify a well-rounded student by maintaining a high GPA and being socially committed to my college and my community,” said Gaggi, adding that CSI Head Coach Michael Ackalitis has pushed her to grow as both a student and an athlete by stressing the importance of balancing athletic and academic life.

Her commitment to her community is apparent in her work with autistic children and adults that she has enjoyed since high school. She is also an active research assistant in two labs on campus, working with Dr. Patricia J. Brooks, Dr. Daniel McCloskey, Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, and Dr. Bertram O. Ploog and has conducted research at the Yale University School of Medicine, conducting neural imaging research with Dr. Joy Hirsch. She is also a member of Psi Chi, the CSI Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the American Sign Language Club.

While Gaggi thanks many of her CSI professors and mentors, she praised in particular Dr. Daniel McCloskey, one of her research advisors, who has been “extremely welcoming.” McCloskey, a recent recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, encouraged the young researcher to work on projects in his lab where she discovered her keen interest in neuroscience.

In her spare time, the 21 year old has taken advantage of CSI’s Study Abroad program, traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark in the summer of 2015. This summer, she plans to volunteer abroad in Kandy, Sri Lanka to aid in the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Both abroad experiences are funded by the Macaulay Honors College Opportunities Fund and the New York Trust Grant Scholarship.

Gaggi also lauded Dr. Charles Liu and the MHC staff as well as Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor at CSI’s Career and Scholarship Center Michele Galati for the constant support and guidance she has received throughout her journey at CSI. “Ms. Galati puts in as much effort into my applications as I do. She is extremely helpful and always finds the opportunities that match me perfectly,” said Gaggi.

After graduation, Gaggi plans to obtain a PhD in Neuropsychology/Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience to research and understand the etiology of neurological disorders. “My goals are to find the neuromarkers of autism and learn more about the ‘social’ brain of autism,” Gaggi said, adding that she plans to apply this knowledge to treating patients in a clinical setting as well as teaching at the university level.



College of Staten Island STEM Scholarship Recipients Engineer the Future through National Grid Partnership

Twelve students at the College of Staten Island received scholarships in the STEM disciplines as part of a three-year partnership with National Grid to encourage more college students to study science, technology, engineering, and math.

During a meeting at CSI, Frank Lombardo, Executive Advisor to the President of National Grid U.S. and CSI Foundation Board Member, thanked the students for their earnest and diligent interest in STEM careers. “We are a company with highly skilled employees, our partnership with CSI helps students grow , and ultimately helps to build a pool of diverse and skilled candidates for the future workforce.”

National Grid is committed to working with students of all ages to keep them engaged in science and technology. The company’s goal is to attract, retain, and support a diverse and capable workforce to achieve its vision for bringing the natural gas network into the 21st century.

“Your seeds will definitely become flowers at CSI,” Hassan Fares, a CSI student from Brooklyn of Lebanese descent, assured the team from National Grid in acknowledgment of their generous investment in the workforce of tomorrow.

Fares was joined by his fellow students in sharing their stories, and explaining their passions.

Scott Shouldis, a junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.59, said his destiny was changed in many ways with Superstorm Sandy. He explained that his breakthrough moment between whether to study electrical engineering or mechanical engineering was when his family needed to hook up a generator after the storm-induced power outage. However, there was no adapter for the generator to work at the house. A family member said “No adapter. No problem,” and immediately went to work splicing the wiring and bringing the lights back on.

“I grew up in broken family, with a broken life. Many of my friends died when I was growing up,” commented Zain Ali, who grew up in Pakistan. “I couldn’t fix those things, but I could fix gadgets, and my cousins encouraged me to study my passion. I quickly learned that the purpose of life is to give life purpose.” It was a sentiment felt throughout the room, and echoed by Nadia Elattar who said, “if you’re not challenging yourself, you’re not accomplishing much.”

Stories of fortitude ruled the day.

“CSI has made me a stronger person,” noted Rin Zhi Larocque, a fisherman’s daughter who came to the U.S. in 2011 and has a 4.0 GPA studying biology and business at CSI, while Andrea Gonzalez told of her arrival in the U.S. at 14 years old with no understanding of English. She learned English in four months, graduated as her high school valedictorian, and now travels from the Bronx to CSI two hours, one way, to further advance her academic career and create a brighter future.

“It is an honor for CSI, and our department in particular, to have such a great partner in our pursuit of expanding STEM education in our community and our country in general,” noted Neo Antoniades, CSI Professor and Chair of the Engineering Science and Physics Department. Antoniades, who is faculty director of the project, led the effort to select the scholarship recipients. “Thank you National Grid, on behalf of all of us.”

He added that the department has recently applied for a Master’s in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (ME in EE) as the logical next step for graduates of a BS in EE. The application, to be approved by CUNY and the NYS DOE, should permit for the program to begin in fall 2017.

Gary Reichard, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSI, noted that the Engineering Science and Physics Department “is a model of research and opportunity,” and thanked National Grid for their “invaluable support that is vitally important to ensuring our students’ success.”

In addition to Lombardo, other National Grid representatives attending the meeting were Carol Decina, Manager, Community and Customer Management, and Mauri Myers-Solages, Manager, Corporate Citizenship New York.

“National Grid is committed to enhancing STEM education in our communities and developing the next generation of engineers and scientists,” Lombardo added. “Our partnership with CSI has provided scholarships to support students interested in advancing in math- and science-related careers and supported workshops to engage high school students in the STEM curriculum.”

“CSI has made many headlines with many national rankings this year, and almost all of them recognize the value of a CSI education by noting the College’s commitment to access and quality, while helping our students achieve unprecedented levels of success as alumni, “noted CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz. He added that “these rankings are the result of important partnerships that make our students success possible through the independent work of our many departments, divisions, and Schools. I extend my deepest thanks to National Grid for transforming the lives of our students and making the world a better place for all of us.”

Ms. Wheelchair NY: ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of access’

At the Pridefest at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Garden, are Andrea Dalzell, Ms. Wheelchair New York. and standing from left, Jamie Lynn Macchia, Miss New York and Katelynn Smith, Miss Central New York. Photo Courtesy of the Staten Island Advance.

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Maya Angelou put it best: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

Meet Andrea Dalzell, who lives by those words each and every day of her life.

The 27-year-old College of Staten Island student holds the title of Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015 and will be among 27 women from across the nation to vie for the Ms. America Wheelchair title slated for later this month in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner will represent more than 50 million Americans with disabilities.

The new winner will be crowned by Samantha Schroth of Wisconsin, Ms. Wheelchair America 2015.

So, as Staten Islanders root for Eltingville’s Jamie Lynn Macchia, who holds the title of Miss New York and is on the road that leads to to Miss America, we retrace the journey of another inspiring young women.

Andrea garnered her state title last September at a pageant held in the Albany Marriott Hotel.

Unlike most competitions, Ms. Wheelchair doesn’t judge or base its winners on outward appearance. And while the women still dress up for the formal interviews and speeches, the pageant is an advocacy program in which the winner is chosen on who can be the best advocate for those with any type of disability challenge.

The only requirement to enter: Contestants must be dependent on the use of a wheel chair every day of her life — but that doesn’t mean Andrea didn’t include the “art of sky diving” as part of her resume.

At the age of 6, Andrea was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM) and used a wheelchair since the age 12.

Born under the zodiac sign of a Taurus, this strong woman was determined not to let a disability curtail her life. She drives four times a week from her home in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn to the College of Staten Island.

“Andrea is a dynamic member of the CSI community; she is always pushing fellow students, faculty and staff to do their best,” said Jeremiah Jurkiewicz of Stapleton, coordinator, LGBTQ Resources Center, Office of Student Life on the Willowbrook campus. “You always see her racing around the campus in her chair. She is constantly speaking up on behalf of students needs and refuses to let herself be ignored.”

Andrea’s advocacy includes meeting with Assemblyman Matt Titone (D-North Shore) to promote the universal and affordable housing law for the disabled and all.

Also, she attended the PrideFest celebration at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on July 11 and the next day she participated at the First annual Disability Pride Parade & Festival at Union Square Park, Manhattan.

What’s more, she continues to travel the city promoting her pageant platform: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of access.”

Andrea leaves Sunday, July 26, and will be in Iowa till August 2 for Ms. America Wheelchair.

Angela Wrigglesworth, the Texas State coordinator sums up the pageant: “Real beauty is not measured by the number of heads you turn but by the number of hearts you touch.”

Jim Smith, executive director of the Miss Staten Island Pageant, adds, “Andrea has touched many hearts of Staten Islanders with her courage and determination. She will do Staten Island proud.”

This article by Carol Ann Benanti first appeared in the Staten Island Advance and on July 20, 2015. It is reprinted here with permission.

High Honors for CSI Women; Tim Sweeney by CSCAA

Following a great scholastic year in the pool and in the classroom, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has bestowed laurels to the men’s and women’s swim teams at the College of Staten Island.  The women’s swimming & diving team, which took home the College’s Team GPA award at the Dolphins’ end of year awards banquet, was one of 406 schools spanning all NCAA Divisions to be designated as a Scholar All-America team in 2014-15, and CSI sophomore Tim Sweeney on the men’s side was honored as a Scholar All-America Honorable Mention as an individual.

Boasting a collective team Grade Point Average of 3.25, the women’s team at the College has successfully married the ideals of excellence in the classroom and the pool.  The team decimated the school record book this season, setting 19 new school records this past year, including 13 alone at the annual CUNYAC Championship Meet in early-February.  A total of 9 CSI student-athletes boast GPA’s over a 3.0, with six earning over a 3.25.

One such student-athlete is 2015-16 senior Kelly Walsh, who sports a 3.30 GPA majoring in accounting with a minor in finance.  Alongside her exploits in the pool, which include contributions to two record-breaking relay teams, Walsh holds a part time job at Forbes Magazine in Manhattan and will take the time to study abroad in Ireland in the coming weeks with teammate Caitlin McLoughlin.  For Walsh, excellence in the classroom is par for the course, and the attitude is infectious with her teammates.

“The best thing about our team is that we are very helpful and supportive of one-another,” Walsh stated.  “We are there to pick each other up and I think we all recognize that if we work hard we can achieve in all areas because we won’t let each other down, and that includes the work we do in the classroom.”  As a captain and upperclassman, Walsh understands the commitment involved with excelling in both arenas.  “As a captain you have to represent your team the right way and I know that means doing well in the classroom as well as the pool.  I definitely feel that they go hand-in-hand.”

For Walsh, being able to achieve in her studies translates rather seamlessly to the competitive waters, and both are linked as a student-athlete.

“I feel like they both come with the same mindset,” she said.  “Much like practicing in the pool, the more hard work and effort you put in your studies, the better your grades can be.  Good things come from being able to focus on doing well in both.”

CSI’s men’s unit also held a high honor in Sweeney’s achievement.  To obtain Scholar All-America status, a student-athlete must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher, while also achieving a minimum of an NCAA B-cut time in a respective NCAA Championship event.  Sweeney is delivering, sporting a 3.87 GPA majoring in mathematics with minors in finance and geography while sporting a B-cut time in his signature 200-yard Butterfly event.  He will seek a career as an actuary after college.

“This is very much an honor and I appreciate being recognized,” said Sweeney, who was named the CUNYAC Performer of the Meet at their annual Championship Meet in February.  “I treat school and swimming as two very important things in my life and the two work together to make up who I am.   To be recognized for achievements in both as a Scholar All-America truly means a lot.”

“Swimmers and divers truly embody the student-athlete ethos and are well-known for earning some of the highest GPAs on campus,” said CSCAA executive director Joel Shinofield. “With nearly half of all national championship qualifiers producing GPA’s higher than 3.50, you see swimming and diving adds so much to value to a campus community. These accomplishments are impressive and a sign of the success they will carry on through life, positively representing their schools along the way.”

“It’s definitely a great feeling to be recognized,” said Walsh, who will focus on becoming a Certified Public Accountant post-graduation.  “We have individuals on the team who are amazing and work extremely hard and a lot of that hard work in the classroom can get overshadowed by performances in the pool.  So, this is really a great highlight for us.”

Founded in 1992, the CSCAA – the oldest organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.  For a complete list of Scholar All-America teams and Individuals, visit the CSCAA website at

Nabila Zubair earns Peter Jennings Award

College of Staten Island President Dr. William J. Fritz, Nabila Zubair, and Kayce Freed Jennings at the scholarship awards ceremony.


Nabila Zubair was awarded the 2015 Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

The Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award Program provides scholarships to adults who have recently completed their coursework with great success, achieved their High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas through CUNY’s Adult Learning Centers (ALC), and who will continue their education at a CUNY College. The scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, were awarded to ten individuals at the June 18th event with the support of his widow Kayce Freed Jennings.

Growing up in Kuwait, Nabila Zubair, was a serious student in school and particularly did well in science and biology classes.  When Nabila married at 17 years old, her hopes for further education were no longer a possibility. In her culture, a married woman was required to put aside her hopes and concentrate her time and energy toward caring for her family.

Donna Grant, Kenichi Iwama, Nabila Zubair and Christopher Cruz Cullari at the 2015 Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

“Nabila’s secret wish was to have the opportunity to go to college and continue studying topics in biology and science and become a nurse,” explains Donna Grant, Director of the ALC, English as a Second Language (ESOL) Programs, and CUNY Start at CSI.  “It is amazing to me that she has persevered through so many obstacles.”

Nabila was a young newlywed with an infant child when Iraq invaded Kuwait which resulted in the Persian Gulf War. There was aerial and naval bombardment of Kuwait to defeat the invading Iraqi army, but when the ground assault began, Nabila’s husband’s business was burned to the ground.

The family fled Kuwait, and for the next eight years the family was unsettled, living in three different countries.

With her four children and husband, she arrived in the United States in 1999, where Nabila’s first priority on her list of steps toward achieving a college degree was to improve her English language skills.

When she enrolled in the ALC in 2010, she was not quite at third grade reading level.  At the end of that semester, her assessment test score had moved her into a Pre-GED level class, demonstrating literacy skills at the middle school level.  After Nabila’s first semester at the ALC, family responsibilities again became the only priority, and her goal was put on hold again.  Then, in 2012, Super Storm Sandy devastated Nabila’s Staten Island neighborhood and her husband’s small business.  Postponing her studies for a time to rebuild her family business, Nabila eventually returned to the ALC, continued to make literacy gains, and took the high school equivalency (HSE) exam in the summer of 2014.  She successfully passed the HSE exam that summer, and Nabila transitioned to the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), where she is completing the advanced class.

“It is really our privilege to serve Nabila and the students of the ALC,” says Christopher Cruz Cullari, Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development. “There are many students in our programs who share similar stories of success despite facing enormous obstacles, and I am deeply impressed with the commitment and resiliency of our students.”  Cullari was joined at the ceremony by College of Staten Island President Dr. William J. Fritz, along with the leadership team of Continuing Education and Professional Development, and Kenichi Iwama, Deputy to the President and Chief of Staff.

The Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development supervises programs in pre-college remediation such as CUNY Start, as well as programs for Workforce Development, Community Development, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and the 1199 Union Student Support Program for Working Adults.   Its services and transformative programs provide support to diverse groups of students throughout Staten Island and New York City.



Protecting the Coastline

Sean Thatcher outside the College of Staten Island Library.

CUNY MATTERS – On a geology class field trip in 2014, two College of Staten Island students – 2015 Goldwater Scholarship winner Sean Thatcher and classmate Victoria Rivelli – discovered something geologically new about the exhaustively studied Palisades cliffs, along the west flank of the Hudson River.

Examining an outcrop of sedimentary rock that had been newly exposed at a construction site in North Bergen, N.J., they spotted sedimentary structures in the sandstone that shouldn’t have been there. And when they and lecturer Jane Alexander, the sedimentology teacher, presented their findings at a Geological Society of America conference, they rocked the place.

“We’re still analyzing rock samples that we took back to the lab to determine chemical variations associated with the Palisades Sill intrusion,” he says, referring to the formal name of the igneous rock that, as molten lava, flowed into fissures in the earlier sedimentary rocks. (The only reason the class visited that site (a parking lot for a new bank) was that it was wheelchair-accessible. That’s a must for Thatcher, who became quadriplegic after fracturing his neck in a diving accident six years ago, when he was 18.)

“I don’t let the wheelchair slow me down,” Thatcher says. “I refuse to stop living. I like to be productive and get things done. I think that using a wheelchair has actually enhanced my ability to think outside the box.”

Thatcher expects to graduate in 2017 from CSI’s selective Verrazano School honors program with a major in biology and a minor in geology. He says he took the geology class to “get a better understanding of the environment and its complex interactions.”

In his Goldwater application, he proposed a research project that would help him continue developing expertise in protecting and enhancing coastal ecosystems, which are under attack by human activity and climate change. His proposal, studying how fertilizer affects the growth rates of dune grass, would take place in CSI’s greenhouse.

Thatcher will spend this summer at the CUNY Graduate Center on a CUNY Pipeline Fellowship, which supports students who intend to earn Ph.D.s and teach in their fields at the university level. His pipeline project involves redeveloping the coastal ecosystem with sand dunes, coastal wetlands and other natural approaches to protect human communities from future storm surges, like those that swept across Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy.

“As a society, we need to redevelop coastal areas to better prepare for rising sea levels,” he says. He prefers taking the natural approach, rather than investing in mammoth barriers that have been proposed to protect New York’s harbor. While there may be a role for sea walls, he prefers “natural structures that cost little for humans to build, but support valuable biodiversity. What’s better to protect homes than green space?”

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress, is the premier federally funded undergraduate scholarship that supports students who are headed toward doctoral study in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. The one- and two-year scholarships cover tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 a year.