Five Students Awarded Kressel Scholarship

Scholarship Supports Advanced Undergraduate Research and Faculty Mentorship

Five exceptional students have been selected as recipients of the 2016-17 Henry Kressel Research Scholarship. Established in 2008 by Dr. Henry Kressel, Yeshiva University chairman emeritus and a Yeshiva College alumnus—the scholarship offers students the unique opportunity to craft a year-long intensive research project under the direct supervision of YU faculty. The honor is highly selective: candidates are nominated by individual professors who believe their students are on to something truly remarkable and carefully weighed by a faculty committee before being chosen.

This year’s recipients are: Shlomo Friedman of Queens, NY, Jonathan Karp of Fair Lawn, NJ, Steven Kohane of Pittsburgh, PA, Yonatan Mehlman of Woodmere, NY, and Elizabeth Peled of Los Angeles, CA.

The scholars will each receive a stipend of $4,000 for the year, along with appropriate research-support expenses.

The students’ research, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member, will focus on a variety of subjects.

  • Solomon Friedman will coordinate his work with Dr. Josefa Steinhauer in Yeshiva College’s Biology Department as he investigates “Aging, Fertility, and Sperm Storage in Drosophila Males.”
  • Jonathan Karp will be advised by Dr. Lea Santos of Stern College for Women’s Physics Department as he studies “Many-body quantum systems far from equilibrium.”
  • Steven Kohane, under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Fabiola Barrios-Landeros in Yeshiva College’s Chemistry Department, will tackle “Effect of anionic ligands in the copper-catalyzed aromatic acyloxylation of aryl halides.”
  • Yonatan Mehlman, working with Dr. Sumanta Goswami in Yeshiva College’s Biology Department, will explore “Detection of Actionable Point Mutations in Pi3KcA Mutated Cells Using qPCR and XNA Clamps.”
  • Elizabeth Peled, who will be mentored by Dr. Mathew Holbreich of Stern College’s Political Science Department, will research “Recidivism in the United States: The Problem, Explanations, and Possible Policy Solutions.”

Following their research tenure, Kressel Scholars will be encouraged to share their work in professional and peer circles to stimulate a larger intellectual discussion on their chosen topic.