Brooklyn College’s Moses Feaster Awarded Prestigious NSF Graduate
NSF Graduate Fellowship winner Moses Feaster
The National Science Foundation has announced that Moses Feaster, a
Brooklyn College senior majoring in biology, has been awarded a three-year
NSF graduate fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental biology at
Feaster, twenty-four, is a member of the College’s Minority Access
to Research Careers (MARC) program. He is the only student from the
City University of New York to receive the fellowship this year, though
four students in CUNY qualified for honorable mentions, including Brooklyn
College chemistry major Aaron T. Frank, also a MARC student.
A transfer student from the University of Virginia, Feaster enrolled
in Brooklyn College in fall 2002, but his first year was cut short. Feaster,
a corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve, was deployed to Iraq in support
of Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom on January 29, 2003, with the 6th
Communications Battalion, based in Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.
He was attached to a British communications unit and traveled as far north
as Basra, working to establish secure data communication between American
and British units during the war.
Feaster began his undergraduate research career upon returning to Brooklyn
in fall 2003. As a research assistant in the Louis Stokes Alliance for
Minority Participation, he worked with Jennifer Basil of Brooklyn College’s
Biology Department, investigating memory formation in freshwater crayfish.
With the help of MARC director and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Louise Hainline, Feaster participated in a Leadership Alliance Early Identification
Program summer internship at Columbia University's Department of Genetics
and Development. Working with Virginia Papaioannou, he investigated the
role of the gene Tbx6 in the development of the mouse embryo.
In 2005, Feaster was again accepted into a summer research program, working
in the Developmental Biology program at the Sloan-Kettering Institute.
In addition to the summer program, Feaster is a part of a yearlong research
component at Sloan-Kettering, supported by a grant from the National Cancer
Institute. Working in the laboratory of Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Feaster
is currently trying to identify proteins that interact with the Tbx6 transcription
Feaster’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship offers three years of
support over a five-year period for advanced study, and includes an annual
stipend of $30,000. It is awarded annually to approximately nine hundred
outstanding students in chemistry, computer information science and engineering,
engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics
and astronomy, psychology, and the social sciences.
For more information about opportunities at Brooklyn College, the Minority
Access to Research Careers program, or other scholarship opportunities,
please contact the Brooklyn College Office of Admissions, (718) 951-5001,
or visit the College Web site at www.brooklyn.cuny.edu.