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.