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Six Weinberg College students win STEM scholarships from Alumnae of Northwestern

The Alumnae of Northwestern University has selected eight students, including six from Weinberg College, to receive its 2020-2021 Alumnae of Northwestern University STEM scholarships.

These scholarships are awarded to students who excel in a STEM major — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Criteria for selection include academic excellence, honors achieved and financial need. The scholarships are intended to free students from work commitments so they may more vigorously pursue their chosen area of study and other university endeavors.

“Our members are proud to support these talented and hardworking students pursuing STEM careers in diverse fields, allowing them to continue their studies, do research and actively participate in campus life,” said Jane Knight Dampts and Carol Willis, co-chairs of The Alumnae’s STEM Fellowship Committee. “It was challenging for our committee to select eight recipients from an unusually large field this year of 60 highly qualified and deserving applicants.

The Weinberg College recipients of the STEM scholarship include:

Alexandra Hong ’22, who aspires to gain a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective so that she can apply this knowledge to medical practice and research. Hong thrives in the highly selective Integrated Science Program, as her research interests — such as ion channels and neurons — span different disciplines. She aspires to continue her research at Northwestern and abroad while preparing for a medical career.

Chan Mi Jung ’22, who is committed to becoming a doctor who brings a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating patients. She has used her broad understanding of medical and social/psychological factors while volunteering on medical mission trips and aspires to become a doctor without borders to serve in Third World countries. She is conducting clinical research this summer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Sarah Kim ’22, who is interested in geriatrics and neurodegenerative diseases. Kim is a first-generation college student in the Arch Scholar program who now mentors other Arch Scholars. She aspires to obtain a master’s degree in public health, attend medical school to become a geriatrician, and work to reform the geriatric and palliative health systems.

Alice Daeun Lee ’23, who seeks to attend medical school to become a pediatrician and to provide medical services to underserved communities. Lee is interested in developmental disorders and the interplay of psychological and medical conditions. She has volunteered at Northwestern’s Infant and Child Development Center, and has also done research in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

Madelyn Moy ’22, who seeks to combine her passion for scientific research with her interest in public health advocacy by pursuing a PhD/MPH degree. Moy has received several undergraduate research grants while studying at Northwestern. Her research topics have addressed the impact of an industrialized diet on health, as well as research on anti-cancer drugs. Moy also represents her peers on three Northwestern advisory boards.

Bassel Shanab ’21, who aspires to become a cardiologist. He is a Questbridge Scholar and has excelled in numerous academic and research positions, including serving as a biology lab teaching assistant and Student Advisory Board member. He has also served as a research assistant at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and has contributed his talents to a cutting-edge biomedical company at The Garage, Northwestern’s entrepreneurial incubator.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University, showcasing the University’s academic resources through its continuing education program. Founded in 1916, the group celebrated the 50th year of its continuing education programming in 2019. Since its beginning, the Alumnae has given more than $9 million to the University in the form of grants, fellowships, scholarships and an endowed professorship, as well as funding special University projects and summer internships.

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