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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 Stephanie Roffe, Budding Dentist at Stern College of Dental Medicine

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Sunday, June 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Alumna Stephanie Roffe recently graduated from Stern College where she studied dentistry. Her JFEW internship was at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, a collaboration of creative thinkers who share a singular focus of advancing science to prevent disease and cure patients.

We talked to Stephanie about her experience as a JFEW Stern Scholar and what the experience meant to her.

JFEW: What are you up to now?

SR: I am currently a first year dental student at Touro College of Dental Medicine. 

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

SR: There are so many things I accomplished in the past few years. I majored in math. I participated in amazing microbiology and biotechnology research. I played soccer. The list goes on and on! Many of these experiences were only made possible by JFEW, and I am very grateful for their generosity.

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

SR: One of my proudest moments was presenting my research at SURGE (Student Undergraduate Research Group Exchange). I was tasked with presenting dense information concisely and clearly to a room full of people. This was my first time speaking to such a large crowd, and I thought my nerves would get the best of me. After my presentation, I was so proud of myself. I felt that I was able to make a complicated topic that many people may not find interesting into a riveting clear presentation, all while overcoming my nerves. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

SR: When I began college, JFEW provided me with a support system full of peers and advisors. Additionally, the program encouraged me to do summer research and then facilitated it by providing me with a stipend so that I was able to fully dedicate myself. The Foundation's generosity also gave me the opportunity to attend the annual AMA/MAA conference in San Diego last year, which was a once in a lifetime experience. 


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JFEW Alumna Michelle Neiman shared her career inspiration

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018


After graduating from Stern College for Women, Michelle spent her summer working at Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, where children suffering from serious or chronic illnesses participate in a medically supervised overnight camp experience.

Her experience working at Camp Simcha inspired her to pursue a career as a research assistant in a molecular pharmacology lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and later at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Most recently, Michelle was accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine!

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, "Never stop looking for opportunities to advance.”

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JFEW Alumna Rikah Lerer gave advice for aspiring medical students

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, January 25, 2016
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018


Meet JFEW alum Rikah Lerer, graduate of Stern College!

After graduating, Rikah completed clinical research at Montefoire Medical Center, and she is now currently studying at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine while applying for pediatric residency! Rikah's advice to aspiring medical students is, "Never lose sight of why you wanted to get into medicine and how hard you've worked. And keep doing all of the fun things you enjoy because that's what will help you get through this long but exciting process!"

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