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Chancellor’s Award: Stuti Misra

“UAlbany has transformed me as person,” says Chancellor's Award winner Stuti Misra, a double major in Math and Computer Sciences. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 27, 2017) — Stuti Misra hails from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, but she’s made herself quite a home at UAlbany.

A double major in Computer Science and Mathematics, Misra is a member of the Honors College, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Presidential Honors Society. She co-founded Cultural Connections and was vice chair of the campus chapter of ACM-W, an international scientific and educational computing society for women, and a documentation specialist for the Association for Information Science & Technology UAlbany Chapter. She topped off her UAlbany career by winning a 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Misra is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Bruce B. and Louise Steen Gravitt Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to full-time, female students majoring in mathematics.

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Misra receives her Chancellor's Award from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and UAlbany Interim President James Stellar. 

Misra has been interested in computers since her childhood, learning programming languages as a teen. While at UAlbany, she has presented her research in wireless networks at multiple state and national conferences, receiving the President's Award for Undergraduate Research for her work with Assistant Professor Mariya Zheleva of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. And Misra found her own networks on campus through clubs and internships.

“UAlbany has transformed me as person,” Misra said. “I have been given umpteen opportunities in every possible field here, and always received encouragement from the school to keep moving forward, to keep working your hardest and grab every opportunity. I have met a very diverse range of people here and I believe I'll also hold my experiences with them close to my heart.”

During an internship with the Office of Communications and Marketing, Misra worked on web development, learning to “apply my classroom skills in a meaningful manner.” Summer internships at Solutions Gulf in UAE and Amazon affirmed her interest in software development.

She’s already landed her first post-grad job, as a software development engineer at Amazon.

While she’ll start work right after graduating, Misra plans to continue her studies, eyeing graduate school in computer science in the next five to 10 years. “I still see myself in the technological field and making some impact to the field,” she said. “I would also like to be working towards the betterment of the community, preferably through my work.”

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