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Baruch Students Earn Prestigious
Awards and Fellowships

Jonathan Flugel Earns John Mather Nobel Scholar
Alyssa Alicino and Pietro Barone Named Colin Powell Fellows

NEW YORK, NY- September 3, 2013 - Baruch College is proud to recognize three Baruch students, who have recently earned prestigious awards and fellowships.


JonathanFlugelJonathan Flugel - John Mather Nobel Scholar

Jonathan Flugel, a senior in the Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business Undergraduate Honors Program has received the prestigious 2013 John Mather Nobel Scholar award.

Jonathan, who is majoring in Computer Information Systems and is an intern in the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, was selected from a pool of current NASA interns to receive $3,000 towards presenting research at professional conferences. As a winner, he also had the opportunity to spend the day last week with Dr. John C. Mather, senior astrophysicist and Goddard Fellow and Nobel Prize recipient.

A Brooklyn resident originally from Venezuela, who moved to Florida with his family as a child, Jonathan is the first business student to receive the award. The award generally is presented to science or engineering students. Students are chosen for their demonstrated interest in space and the Goddard Space Flight Center as evidenced by a space-related internship, co-authorship on a space-related research paper, or presentation of a space-related topic at a professional conference. Previous awards have gone to students at MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Georgetown, among other schools.

"Jonathan is unbelievably passionate about NASA," says Professor Gloria Thomas, Director of the Zicklin Undergraduate Honors Program. She notes that as part of his studies, Jonathan worked on a case study about NASA, and with the support of his Honors Program/EOC mentor Nune Boyadjian, (a former NASA employee) went on to apply to the NASA research internship program.

The John Mather Nobel Scholarship Program was established in 2008 by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts. The scholarship is endowed with funds from Dr. Mather'sNobel Prize award. The program is open to current NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center-based undergraduate and graduate student interns. Applicants must have demonstrated high academic achievement, have a strong interest in space and the Goddard Space Flight Center, be a rising undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student, and be currently holding a Goddard-based research internship.


Alyssa Alicino and Pietro Barone - Colin Powell Fellows

Baruch College announces this year's Colin Powell Fellowship recipients. Each year the Colin Powell Fellowship provides two Baruch students a generous stipend to cover living and travel expenses while interning with the U.S. Department of State.

Internships with the State Department are generally unpaid, so the fellowship provides welcome financial support for Baruch students interested in learning more about careers in the Foreign Service.

PietroBaronePietro Barone, from Brooklyn, graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in English, is a recipient of the Colin Powell Fellowship in International Diplomacy. While at the Department of State, he worked on President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. Pietro was also the recipient of the C.V. Starr Study Abroad Fellowship, which enabled him to study abroad in Italy at the American University of Rome during the fall 2011 semester. Starting this September, he will be pursuing a Master's degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


AlyssaAlicinoAlyssa Alicino, from Queens, is a senior majoring in Public Affairs and minoring in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently a press intern in the Public Diplomacy Section with the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, where she supports the Information Specialists with social media projects including drafting campaigns. During her internship at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, Alyssa worked with Basketball Without Borders, a global outreach program run by the NBA. She also assisted in many of the events hosted by the Cultural Section of Public Diplomacy and attended the 4th of July Reception at the Ambassador's Residence. Alicino also attended classes in Spain and Guatemala. In addition, she taught English in Chile through Baruch's Work Abroad program.

The program is named after Former Secretary of State Colin Powell who is also a graduate of the City University of New York-City College. To learn more about the Colin Powell Fellowship Program, go here.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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