SOJ students awarded fellowships, scholarships

From wildly colorful Rio de Janiero to the austere Dakota plains, three Stony Brook University journalism students are making their mark on the world.
Sahita Reddy

Sahita Reddy

Sanhita Reddy, a senior graduating in May 2010, has been awarded a Fulbright research grant to study health communications in Brazil. A health science major and journalism minor, Reddy will be based in Rio de Janeiro at the recently opened Institute of Information in Communication and Technology in Science and Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, a world leader in sanitation and epidemiology.

Reddy, a Stony Brook Student Ambassador, also received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award recognizing student excellence and will be speaking at the Baccalaureate Honors Convocation in May. After completing her Fulbright, she will join Stony Brook School of Medicine with the entering class of 2011.

Jenny Zou

Jenny Zou

Jie Jenny Zou, a sophomore majoring in journalism, has been recognized by the New York Women In Communications Foundation, which has awarded her its 2010 Carlozzi Family Scholarship. This scholarship goes to “an undergraduate student who is an accomplished writer.”

Vanessa Parker  has received a fellowship through the Freedom Forum and the American Indian Journalism Institute. The fellowship includes a 10-day workshop to be held mid-June at the University of South Dakota at Vermilion followed by a six-week internship at a reservation newspaper. Parker, a former schoolteacher turned journalism major, is a Seneca Indian, Hawk Clan, from the Cattaraugus Territory along Lake Erie south of Buffalo, N.Y.