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Announcing the 2017 Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) Fellows

Published July 11, 2017

Thirty STEM graduate students from fourteen colleges and universities have been selected as Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) Program fellows and will participate in a one-of-a-kind program to gain the tools for both personal and institutional success and innovation. Now in its second year, the SALT Program is aimed at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) graduate students, preparing and training them to assume leadership roles throughout their professional careers. During the 5-day program, SALT fellows will learn leadership skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, and team dynamics. The SALT program’s goal is to create a cadre of diverse, entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, while providing a unique networking opportunity across disciplines and institutions.

“The Academy believes that when you put together brilliant minds you get an exchange of ideas that will lead to something brilliant and unexpected,” said Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, PhD, Director of the Science Alliance program. “The potential of this collection of brilliant minds is unmatched. I look forward to seeing where these students will go in their careers.”

Will Adler 
New York University

Elizabeth Bailey 
Columbia University

Sofia Bakogianni 
New York University

Jacob Becraft
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elyssa Bernfeld 
Hunter College at CUNY

Maria Carrera-Haro 
Johns Hopkins University/ Columbia University

Olipriya Das 
Downstate Medical Center at SUNY

Trudi Denoon 
St. John’s University

Mayur Gadiya 
Weill Cornell College of Medicine

Kristen Gulino 
New York University

Samantha Kee 
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Joanne Lee 
Columbia University

Xinglei Liu 
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Nina Martin 
Johns Hopkins University

Patricia Martin 
New York University

Shashirekha Mundhra 
Weill Cornell Medical College

Michelle Miron
Columbia University

Caitlyn Moore 
Rutgers University

Michael Murphy 
Hunter College at CUNY

Omar Omar 
Hunter College at CUNY

Natalie Orie 
St. John’s University

Camila Prieto 
Weill Cornell Medical College

Megan Slough 
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Maria Strangas 
City University of New York

Kristifor Sunderic 
City College of New York at CUNY

Siddharth Sunilkumar 
St. John’s University

Yangzi Isabel Tian
Polytechnic Institute at SUNY

Aida Verdes 
City University of New York

Deniz Vurmaz 
New York University

Jinelle Wint 
Stony Brook University

From September 14-17, 2017, we're hosting the Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) program in Atlanta, Georgia. Applications are due by August 7, 2017. Apply here.