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Yalow Scholars: Scientific Research, Pre-Health

The Yalow Scholars Program offers students interested in medicine and science research with a variety of advantages and resources that help to create an extraordinary learning experience at Hunter College. Students in the program will have an opportunity to work with top-notch faculty, attend special events and conferences, and gain access to the resources required to start a career in the sciences. 

 

Alumni Spotlight

Dayanni Bhagwandin, 2017 Graduate, B.A. Chemistry (Biochemistry Concentration), German Minor

Where are you now?

PhD Candidate at UCLA, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, Rubin Lab I work on synthesizing organic molecules for electronic applications

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

I hope that one day I can start a program similar to Yalows and give students the community and support that they need to pursue a career in STEM.

What is one accomplishment that you wish to share about yourself?

I got to explain my science research to Tom Steyer. I love talking about science and learning about different ways to communicate it to a broader audience. Tom Steyer was visiting our campus to learn about current green science initiatives - and I got chosen to take him on a tour of my lab!

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

Rigorously studying organic chemistry in the basement of the library with my Yalow squad

Frederick Yen, 2019 Graduate, Biological Sciences and Special Honors Curriculum (Thomas Hunter Honors Program)

Where are you now?

I am currently a Research Assistant at The Rockefeller University and applying to MD-PhD programs as well.

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

I was actively involved in mentoring and teaching at Hunter and I look to continue doing so as I progress through my training. I hope to continue improving the skills necessary to be an effective mentor and educator. I have benefited from the amazing mentorship I have received over the years and I aspire to pay it forward.

What is one accomplishment that you wish to share about yourself?

During my free time, I enjoy powerlifting. Up until the pandemic, I had been training to compete in a competition later this year or early next year, but given the circumstances, I will have to hold off on that. I look forward to when I can start competing once again.

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

My best Yalow memory would be presenting at ABRCMS 2018. Through the program, a few of us Yalows were able to attend and to present our research at the conference. It was a great way to not only learn about the other amazing research my peers were conducting, but I got to connect with them regardless of cohort year. Overall, it was an amazing experience!

 

Jerina Carmona, 2019 Graduate, Human Biology (Track I: Mind, Body, Health) and minored in Asian American Studies

Where are you now?

I am currently a Master of Public Health candidate in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Class of 2021.

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

After my MPH, I plan on attending medical school and utilize the skills I learned at Hunter and grad school to play a direct role in creating more equitable healthcare.

What is one accomplishment that you wish to share about yourself?

One of my proudest accomplishments is being a founding member as a Scholar Bridge peer leader and mentor. It allowed me to collaborate with students in the other scholar groups and helped with increasing student engagement and fostering community on campus.

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

My favorite Yalow memory was the trip to the 2018 AMSA Convention and Exposition in Washington DC. It was really insightful to network with several organizations and schools, attend interactive workshops, and watch my peers present their research.

Jack Liu, 2016 Graduate, Chemistry BA

General Surgery Resident, NYC

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

Jack continuously aspires to be a role model for aspiring physicians.

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

Reflecting back to his days as a Yalow at Hunter College, Jack's favorite memory include the following: registering for classes, struggling to study in the library all year, and finally graduating as a Yalow scholar. One of the perks of as a Yalow scholar is being able to register for classes with limited number of seats one week earlier than the rest of the college‚Äč—‚Äča true blessing. Studying together and supporting each other, Yalows are able to stay focused on their common goal of being future healthcare providers. And even after graduation, Yalows stay close-knitted and celebrate each others success year after year.

 

Nayab Khan, 2017 Graduate, Biochemistry BA

Where are you now?
I am currently an MS2 at New York College of Podiatric Medicine, studying to be a foot and
ankle surgeon.

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

I aspire to work at the World Health Organization under the United Nations on mission trips to help treat various foot and ankle pathologies.

What is one accomplishment that you wish to share about yourself?
In the past, I have been denoted Best Delegate at various Model United Nations Conferences.

Currently, I am published as first author in one abstract and one paper.

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

My favorite Yalow memory was hosting the first ever Yalow Awards night. It was a beautiful night with many wonderful moments. I loved being MC and seeing all the Yalow’s win their respective awards.

 

Tamara Yakubova, 2017 Graduate, Sociology BA

Where are you now?

I am a 3rdyear osteopathic medical student at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

What is one goal that you still aspire to reach?

I aspire to publish a dystopian novel.

What is one accomplishment that you wish to share about yourself?

I presented my research at Mount Sinai to attending physicians and program directors.

What was/is your best Yalow memory?

My best Yalow memory is participating in the annual Yalow Secret Santa gift exchange in the library of Hunter College. What was your major? Sociology What year did you graduate from Hunter College officially? 2017

Yalow Program Benefits

  • A merit scholarship* for eight semesters of full-time study**.
  • A dedicated academic advisor to help you create academic plans and prepare you for internships, study abroad, and honors opportunities
  • Priority registration; early access to register for classes each semester
  • Special programs, like first-year seminar, learning communities, and co-curriculuar activities to foster intellectual curiousity and connections with other students, faculty, and advisors
  • Priority access to a room in one of our residence halls for your freshman year

 

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