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Kerri Mahoney: Leading the Fight Against Cancer!

by ericarunsamerica on April 17th, 2014

Hey Stony Brook!

Ah, Spring on Long Island! Warm(er) weather, blooming trees and flowers, bike rides, beach days, sprawling out on the Staller Steps to soak up the sun…this swift change in seasons marks the end of yet another academic year here at SBU.

The end of the year means it’s the perfect time to celebrate all the goals we’ve met and the achievements we’ve made over the past 10 months or so (or more, if you belong to the “intersession intelligentsia”–you know, those of the “sleep when you’re dead” mindset) as well the accomplishments that span your entire academic career. One way in which Stony Brook congratulates amazing achievers is via its Undergraduate Recognition Awards.

This spring, the Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Program was lucky enough to have an outstanding undergraduate snag such an award! We’d like to extend a mean, green congratulations to graduating senior Kerri Mahony!

Kerri, who reports that she “always loved the environment and knew that it needed more care,” is majoring in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI) and is minoring in Geospatial Sciences (GSS). Her fascination between the intersection of human health and the environment was first inspired while she was a ninth-grader attending a two-week Brown University pre-college program. Kerri took a class on the environmental causes of human cancer and was truly inspired to help determine how to best prevent, identify, and treat the disease.

This past fall, Kerri created her very own event–the Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament. She created the event “to have an interactive way to raise money for the Stony Brook Cancer Center” while having fun! Students, faculty, and staff attended the event and raised over $600!

Kerri and Wolfie at the Fall 2013 Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament.

Kerri and Wolfie at the Fall 2013 Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament.

Ever since, she’s been dedicated to studying these connections more closely. After graduating in May, Kerri plans on pursuing her Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a Masters in Public Policy (MAPP) here at Stony Brook. Eventually, Kerri hopes to receive a PhD in Epidemiology so that she can focus on further discerning the connections between environmental toxin exposure and cancer in humans.

As Vice President of Clubs and Organizations for the Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government and an active member of several other on-campus committees, Kerri is a natural and effective leader. She further demonstrates her exemplary leadership skills as research team leader in Dr. Pochron’s Earthworm Ecotoxicology lab. Thanks to her valuable skills and efforts, both in- and outside the classroom, she was nominated to receive the Undergraduate Recognition award in Outstanding Achievement: Leadership!

Kerri was nominated by her favorite professor at Stony Brook, Dr. Pochron. Though she loves working in Dr. Pochron’s Earthworm lab, she says that her favorite class is Dr. Pochron’s EHI 340: Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease class. Kerri took the class her sophomore year and served as TA the following year. Kerri was elated to receive the award. As she puts it:

I am honored to receive the student leadership award and I am thankful to Dr. Pochron for nominating me. I am happy that I could help bring positive experiences to other students on campus. Looking back to freshman year I would have never thought I would win this award because I honestly wouldn’t think I would be in leadership roles.  Receiving the student leadership award shows me that I have grown as a person during my time at Stony Brook. I am happy I could “leave” Stony Brook a better place than when I started.

We are so proud of Kerri for all of her hard work and dedication. In the future, there is no doubt she’ll serve as an amazing leader in her graduate studies, and, eventually, in a cancer research lab!

Another day, another #supergreenstatus achieved.

The Stony Brook Sustainability Studies Program is full of supergreen stars.

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peace. love. run.


PS. Kerri will be presented with her award on the evening of Monday, April 21 at 7pm in the SAC Auditorium. Congrats again, Kerri!

From → Erica

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