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For our Scholars, success in college is only the beginning. Our alumnae are hardworking and driven women at the forefront of their fields. Whether they have continued on to higher academic pursuits, launched careers across the professional spectrum, or are doing something entirely different, they inspire us every day! If you are a JFEW alumna, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info (at) jfew (dot) org to let us know what you're up to.


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Meet Alumna Morgan DiCarlo, PhD at NC State in Civil Engineering and Computing Systems

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, 4 hours ago
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019


Morgan DiCarlo is an alumna at SUNY Stony Brook, where she was a JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholar. She graduated from Stony Brook in 2016 and received her MS from Virginia Tech in 2018.

Morgan is currently pursuing a PhD in engineering. We caught up with her to find out more about what she is doing now and her reflections on being a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What are you doing now?

MD: I am currently getting my PhD at North Carolina State in Civil Engineering and Computing Systems. In 2018, I was selected for a prestigious, $150,000 National Science Foundation fellowship that funds my research on how information spreads among the public, engineers, and policy makers in a flooding event like Hurricane Florence.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

MD: One of my most memorable experiences in college was teaching small classes of high school women in engineering topics. I worked with girls on bridge building, computer modelling and filtering water. Every class I taught challenged me to learn the topic more deeply, because girls are just full of insightful questions when given the space to be themselves. I think this was an important lesson. Even though I still needed a lot of mentoring myself, I knew enough to begin making the changes I wished to see in the world, namely, recruiting more women to my field. The Civil Engineering Outreach Program I started in 2013 has since graduated over 100 girls and was featured on Nature Magazine's long list for the Innovating Science award. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

MD: I wish I had realized that NO ONE has it all figured out. I remember thinking at times that there was so much unknown to me; particularly that I had so few examples of women in STEM or family members who could elucidate the graduate school process. Keep in mind that every single college student is navigating big decisions for the first time, and even if you lack certain advantages in academia, there are a lot of resources (including programs like JFEW) to seek out.

 JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

MD: As a senior in college, I conducted a research project on water conservation and was selected as the student winner of the Disney Imagineering Innovation contest. I flew to Los Angeles and delivered a talk on the importance of water management to Disney executives (2016). All the extra time needed to conduct an independent study for this competition would not have been possible without the financial support I received from JFEW. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

MD: The JFEW Program in International Relationship and Global Affairs supported me for two years at SUNY Stony Brook. The scholarship was absolutely life changing for me. The award allowed me to focus on school full time; otherwise I would have to work part-time. Because of the flexibility and time afforded by financial support, I accomplished so much in my time as a undergraduate, including giving a TEDx talk called Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers” and being named one of America's Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering. JFEW also helped me get an internship with SUEZ, one of the largest global water companies.



Tags:  SUNY Stony Brook 

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Meet Alumna Keren Darzi, Future Clinical Pharmacist

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Keren Darzi graduated from Long Island University (LIU), where she studied pharmacy and health sciences.

We talked to Keren about her experience as a JFEW LIU Scholar and here is what she had to say.

JFEW: What was the most meaningful lesson you learned or experience that you had while in college?

KD: One of the most meaningful lessons that I learned personally is to always try; no matter how hard the curriculum is, or if there are hurdles, I always tried to put myself out there where, even if I fall, I at least have gained the tools to get back up again even better than before! Also, reaching out and learning that I do not have to face a certain obstacle alone, especially through the outreach and support of JFEW.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

KD: My proudest accomplishment was being awarded the prestigious honor of Who's Who Among Students. Over the past four years, I dedicated myself to both academic achievements and pharmacy leadership through hard work and diligence. As vice-president of both the Rho Chi Academic Honors Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, I have worked efficiently as a member of a team. As a proactive leader; this includes committing myself to expanding community outreach, peer tutoring, and organizing a mentor and mentee matching program. As a peer tutor and runner up at the local APHA [American Public Health Association] counseling competition for the past two years, I gained an effective skill set in combining clinical knowledge with practical involvement.

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

KD: Participating in the JFEW program allowed me to meet others with varying backgrounds yet similar, unifying goals. With the help of JFEW, I feel that I probably would not have met accomplished young Jewish women with the shared desire to thrive and succeed. Being a part of a community that is larger than myself will forever link me with those whose education is a cornerstone in valuing achievement and personal growth while never forgetting the immigrant background that allowed me to reach my own potential. It's my goal to return to the JFEW community, whether financially or through volunteerism. It gave me so much, including a feeling of safety, peace of mind, and shared connectedness.

JFEW: What are you doing now?

KD: Upon completion of a post-graduate residency opportunity, I plan to pursue specialized training in oncology or critical care. Moreover, my long-term goal is to become board certified, and pursue a career as a practiced clinical pharmacist involved in scholarly research. With the generous support  from JFEW, I can now envision this dream a possible reality.  Another long-term goal of mine is to volunteer and contribute the spirit of generosity and kindness that JFEW has instilled in me.


Tags:  Long Island University 

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Meet Alumna Emily Nocito, Recipient of the Millennium Oceans Prize

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Emily Nocito is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook, where she majored in Coastal Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Ecosystems & Human Impact.

We talked to Emily about what she is doing now and what her experience as a JFEW Scholar meant to her.

JFEW: What are you up to?

EN: I am currently a PhD student at University of Colorado- Boulder, in their Environmental Studies program. While here, I am studying International Ocean Governance, with my focus on Antarctica. I am also a Graduate Teacher's Assistant for my department.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

EN: During my third year, I suffered a major loss. I was inspired by the way that my friends and the Stony Brook community came out to support me and others affected by my loss. From small things like just checking in to the understanding of my professors when I was struggling in class, their kindness and support still inspires me to this day. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

EN: Learn to manage your time and it will save you a ton of stress... and headaches!

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

EN: This is hard! Probably receiving the Millennium Oceans Prize, which allowed me to start my own organization surrounding youth involvement in ocean conservation.

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

EN: I got to meet the most fantastic and inspirational women who to this day, I am still grateful to call my friends.

Tags:  SUNY at Stony Brook 

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Meet Alumna Anika Michel, a Graduate of the JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Anika Michel is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and was a JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Scholar. She is currently working as a Language Center Assistant at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City.

We talked to Anika about her experiences as a JFEW Scholar, her proudest accomplishment in college, and what her most memorable experience was. Here is what we found out.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

AM: The most memorable experience that I had while at Binghamton was my semester studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. During my junior year, I studied at the Universidad de Salamanca, a time in which I lived with a host family that spoke no English – making it absolutely necessary that I speak Spanish and became more fluent. I also made friends from Spain and from other parts of the world. I improved my Spanish and I learned a great deal about Spanish culture. I also learned a great deal about myself and what I wanted out of my future career. I realized that I wanted a career that would be in some way linked to international relations and developing cross-cultural connections.

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

AM: I wish that during college, especially during my last year of college, I wasn’t so worried about what I was going to do after graduation. I now know that life is going to give you the position or job that you want in due time. I would tell my younger self that it’s important to trust your skills and experience thus far, and believe that good opportunities are on the horizon.

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

AM: One of my proudest accomplishments was getting accepted into the JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Program. The program really introduced me to the field of International Affairs and gave me the foundation to pursue professional opportunities in the field, as well as a graduate degree in the field. I received my Master's in International Relations from Columbia University in 2018. The monthly seminars and the summer internship that the JFEW SUNY Program provided gave me an understanding of the different aspects of foreign policy, as well as the role of women in global affairs.

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

AM: The JFEW scholarship was a tremendous help. As someone who comes from a single-parent household, financing my college education depended on student loans, financial aid, and my work-study job. So gaining the scholarship really benefited me in helping to ease the burden of having to borrow extra loans to finance my education. I am very grateful to have had it during my time as an undergraduate student.



Tags:  SUNY Binghamton 

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Meet Alumna Debora Mahgerefteh and Get her Best Advice for Success

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Friday, February 22, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Debora Mahgerefteh graduated from Queens College this past summer. A first-generation American, her parents fled from Iran over twenty years ago. Deborah speaks Farsi and she is the first woman in her family to attend college and follow a professional career path.  She is currently in graduate school at Long Island University and is getting her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.  

We asked Deborah to share with us some thoughts on her college experience.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

DM: I interned in a preschool as part of the JFEW summer experience and it was one of my best memories from college. It was my first step into the real world. I was so nervous and I loved every minute of it. I still reflect and look back to that summer. I learned so much in just eight weeks. I learned how to work with special needs children, their parents, and their friends. I also grew to become more understanding and sympathetic. Also, that internship validated my passion for wanting to become a Speech Language Pathologist.  

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

DM: All of this studying you’re doing, all of the parties you’re missing, the time you are spending with friends - it all will pay off.  You will get to graduate and get into grad school!  You can do it! Not getting in was one of my biggest fears. Also, a piece of advice is to keep in touch with your professors. 

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

DM: My proudest accomplishments included getting the JFEW scholarship, graduating with honors, and making lifelong friends. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

DM: It is because of this scholarship that I graduated debt-free and had the chance to really explore my major (internships, meetings, conferences).  Without this scholarship, I would have never had the experience that I do today.

Likewise, I would not have been part of such an amazing network of people. I am so proud to be a part of JFEW. I believe that if I did not have this scholarship, I would not have gotten into graduate school. It truly has helped me in so many ways. Honestly, it makes me teary-eyed. It sounds a little silly, but it really means a lot to me.



Tags:  Queens College 

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Meet JFEW Alumna, and World Traveler, Susma Gurung

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018


Susma is currently working as an RN in the Surgical ICU (SICU) at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, which is a level one trauma hospital. Before transferring to the SICU, Susma worked for two years in the rehab and medical surgery areas at the hospital. Since graduating, she has also spent time working as a private duty home care nurse, and as an ambulatory eye surgery RN.

Outside of her work, Susma finds time to travel as much as she can. In the past year alone she has visited Dubai, London, Northern Ireland, Las Vegas, Australia, and she is pictured above at Jebel Hafeet in Abu Dhabi! Additionally, she also spent time last November in Puerto Rico volunteering as part of the disaster relief team from her hospital. She was part of a group of 76 New York health providers who went down to help with relief efforts. Susma found her time in Puerto Rico to be, “such an amazing and humbling volunteer experience.”

Susma still wants to further her education, but has yet to decide what to major in. For now, she is focused on becoming the best SICU RN she can be.


Keep up the incredible, and inspiring work Susma!

Tags:  City Tech 

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JFEW Alumna Emily Nocito is launching a project to save our oceans

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Emily will be graduating this May with an M.S. in Marine Policy from the University of Maine, where she is studying marine protected areas in international waters!

In 2015, Emily received the Millennium Oceans Prize from Millennium Campus Network and with that she launched her own organization called 10 by 2020. 10 by 2020 is an initiative to help bring awareness about environmental issues to youth around the world, and to foster education about these issues throughout childhood and into a person's adult years.

Additionally, while studying at the University of Maine, Emily also works as the program coordinator at the Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multi-faith Dialogue, where she facilitates events focused on peace, human rights and spiritual exploration topics.

Keep up the great work, Emily!

Tags:  Stony Brook University 

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Meet our JFEW Alumna, Morgan DiCarlo

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Morgan is pursing a Master's Degree at Virginia Tech in water systems engineering. Her studies focus on conducting research on how water systems are being affected by climate change. Morgan says her desire to study and research water systems came from a personal experience while growing up in a town experiencing water shortages. She became passionate on resolving the issue and even won a scholarship from the New York Association of Water Companies to continue her work.

In addition to her studies at Virginia Tech, she works as a facilitator in rural middle schools in Virginia to advocate for students to learn about engineering, and this fall she was a keynote speaker at the University of Missouri at a conference to encourage undergraduate students to consider majoring in engineering. 

Astoundingly, Morgan has also been selected as the student winner in both the American Society of Civil Engineers innovation contest, and the Waterlogic essay contest where she entered an independent project focused on water conservation. 

She ultimately hopes to find a career in consulting, as she plans to translate her research expertise into practice in order to serve communities like her hometown as they respond to water supply problems.


Tags:  Stony Brook University 

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We just hosted the first event in our Alumnae Workshop Series

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, November 27, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at our first alumnae event this November!

Our Salary Negotiation Workshop, and dinner was a great success! We had two speakers from the American Association of University Women who gave real world advice on how to approach the challenge of negotiating a salary or asking for a raise. We want to thank our speakers, as well as our alumnae who came to the event!

We will be hosting more alumnae opportunities in the coming months so keep your eyes peeled! Email: info (@) jfew (dot) org, to join our mailing list and hear more about upcoming events!

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We are so proud of JFEW Alumna, Ashley Dennis

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Ashley, a graduate of Hunter College, was recently awarded the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Award. She spent this past summer conducting original historical research as an intern at The Library Company of Philadelphia. Ashley is currently a Ph.D. student in the Northwestern Department of African American Studies. Her research is focused on black women educators in Northern cities during the mid-twentieth century.

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, “Don’t worry if things do not go according to plan; work hard, have faith and everything will be fine."

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