Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School Students Receive 2017-18 Fellowships


Gerstner Sloan Kettering (GSK) Graduate School student stipends are supported by a variety of sources including philanthropic fellowships. Every year, GSK awards fellowships to two third-year students and six second-year students based on academic excellence.

Grayer Fellows

Third-year students Nicholas Adams and Hsuan-An Chen have been named 2017-18 Grayer Fellows. The fellowships were established by Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Grayer. Mr. Grayer is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Boards of Overseers and Managers and is the Chairman and CEO of Weld North, an investment company. Each year, two Grayer Fellows are selected based on achieved excellence as demonstrated by their thesis proposal examination.

Olayan Fellow

Second-year student Maria Sirenko has been selected as the 2017–18 Olayan Fellow. The fellowship, established by the Olayan Group, supports the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Founded in 1947 by Suliman S. Olayan, the Olayan Group is a multinational corporation of more than 50 companies and affiliated businesses.

Robert B. Catell Fellow

Second-year student Miguel Francisco M. de Jesus has been named the 2017–18 Robert B. Catell Fellow. Established by Robert Catell, the fellowship grew out of his commitment to advancing cancer research. It supports the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Mr. Catell is the former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan and chairs the Advisory Boards for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University and the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. In addition, he chairs the Advisory Councils of the New York Energy Policy Institute and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. Mr. Catell also serves on the boards of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, the New York Academy of Sciences, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, among others.

Palestin Fellowship

Second-year student Yu-Jung Chen has been awarded the 2017–18 Beatrice P. K. Palestin Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2006 by the family of Beatrice Palestin to support the stipend of a Gerstner Sloan Kettering graduate student for one year. Mrs. Palestin was a New York philanthropist with a longtime interest in cancer research.

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowship

Three second-year students, Stella Paffenholz, Amy Shyu, and Zhongmin Wang received Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowships. Recipients are selected at the end of their first year of study based on academic excellence. By providing support for outstanding Gerstner Sloan Kettering students, the Beene Fellowships are designed to expand the pool of investigators trained to pursue research in the highly complex and multidisciplinary field of cancer biology.