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  • Humanities & Social Sciences

    Symone Yancey

    Seven top law schools court Symone Yancey

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    Symone Yancey

    Humanities & Social Sciences

    Growing up in Somerdale, NJ, Symone Yancey was always arguing the issues. Her experiences in a mixed-race yet conservative household left Yancey yearning to push for social justice and bolster civil rights. By the time she arrived at TCNJ, Yancey knew just how to do it: a career in law.
    Throughout college, Yancey excelled in every activity—from political science research papers to the debate team. A year’s worth of studying and determination (she tackled every logic problem to have appeared on the test since 1991) prepared her for the LSAT. Before she knew it, Yancey had scored acceptance packages from seven of the nation’s best law schools, including Harvard, Penn, Georgetown, and her dream school, Columbia.
    Now at Columbia with a full-tuition scholarship, Yancey is pursuing her passion. Eventually, she hopes to become a federal judge, advocating for change through the legal system. But it all started from a simple goal: to make the world a more equal place, from Somerdale to the national stage.
  • Arts & Communications

    Nivi Harishankar

    From wellness apps to Amazon, it’s all in her design

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    Nivi Harishankar

    Arts & Communications

    For Nivi Harishankar, an interactive multimedia major, every project undertaken at TCNJ was a step toward becoming a better problem solver. But who would’ve guessed that her projects would lead to a job offer from Amazon.com, one of the world’s largest retail companies?
    Harishankar has always been trying to revolutionize the way people interact with each other. Between her junior and senior year, she received The Andy and Maria Polansky Scholarship Endowment prize, which launched her design for a campus-wide wellness app. The mobile app allows students to track their moods, lift their spirits, and seek help from the community. At the same time, Harishankar scored a user experience (UX) design internship at Amazon. There she led her own design lab focused on improving the experience of third-party sellers using Amazon’s platform.
    Within a few months, Harishankar turned her internship into a full-time job with Amazon, where she now works as a designer. That means new projects every day and a chance to pioneer solutions to the industry’s toughest problems.
  • Science

    Andrew Goldfarb

    How being a twin drove Andrew Goldfarb to biology—and Harvard

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    Andrew Goldfarb

    Science

    How being a twin drove Andrew Goldfarb to biology—and Harvard
    Biology major Andrew Goldfarb’s first brush with genetics didn’t come in a classroom—it came from swabbing his cheek for DNA. He was testing to confirm that he and his brother were identical twins.
    “That was my first aha moment that genetics really interested me,” says Goldfarb. “It made real the concept that my brother and I had the same DNA.”
    Since then, Goldfarb has traveled the world studying genetics. Beginning at TCNJ, where he spent a summer session examining differential gene expression in crabs, Goldfarb then traveled to the Netherlands to work full time at a human genetics department at Leiden University for seven months. The summer before his senior year, Andrew interned at Harvard at the crossroads of genomics and the Ebola outbreak, isolating viral genetic material. And in between, he followed the trail of Origin of the Species author Charles Darwin to the Galápagos Islands.
    So what’s Goldfarb’s next destination? Harvard to earn a PhD in biological and biomedical sciences.
  • Humanities & Social Sciences

    Shirley Wang

    Writing a new chapter on eating disorders

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    Shirley Wang

    Humanities & Social Sciences

    One look at Shirley Wang’s vita and you might mistake her for a graduate student. In her first three years at TCNJ, she has published and presented original research; spent a summer at Yale’s Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research; and served as the principal investigator at an in-patient research study at the Center for Eating Disorders Care, part of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Now, she’s working to fill a significant gap in the literature on eating disorders.
    As a psychology major and statistics minor, Wang is analyzing the relationship between eating disorders and angry rumination—the mental rehashing of problems that fuel continuous anger. She took inspiration from her experiences with patients at the University Medical Center. Now, she’s deepening her investigation by placing this relationship at the center of her senior honors thesis. Wang is continually fascinated by learning what has yet to be known. Based on her research so far, she’s bound to break new ground all on her own.
  • Nursing

    Edric Vites

    The pursuit of a nursing career is very personal for Edric Vites

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    Edric Vites

    Nursing

    Edric Vites was only 12 when his 7-year-old sister died from a liver disease. That was the catalyst for his decision to enter the medical field. He made up his mind to attend TCNJ four days after visiting. “I thought the campus was beautiful. But the other influential factor was that I ended up getting enough financial aid to make TCNJ possible.”
    TCNJ made him a Bonner Scholar, which provided financial support while allowing him to invest time in community service. Last semester, he worked at a hospital in Trenton, caring for patients on an inpatient cardiology unit. It was that experience that made him realize that he preferred care to repair, and that nursing—not medicine—pulled the most powerful strings in his heart.
  • Science

    Rebecca Santorella

    Santorella is the third Goldwater Scholar from TCNJ

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    Rebecca Santorella

    Science

    For Rebecca Santorella, mathematics is more than just crunching numbers. It’s a platform to change the world. Working alongside associate professor of mathematics and statistics Jana Gevertz, Santorella may be well on her way to doing just that with her research on innovative modeling tools to trace the growth and treatment patterns of cancerous tumors. Her work in this area could prove instrumental in guiding the future of cancer treatment, and it’s already earning her accolades before her senior year.
    Santorella was named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar for her collaborative research with Gevertz, an achievement reserved for the top undergraduate students in the country in the STEM disciplines. On average, just 300 students nationally earn this prestigious distinction from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence Program each year, receiving scholarship funding to continue their undergraduate research. Santorella, who is already eyeing a PhD in applied mathematics, is the third such scholar from TCNJ in as many years, a testament to the quality of the college’s undergraduate academic programming.
  • Business

    Tim Pfenninger

    What this recent grad discovered about the FDA might surprise you

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    Tim Pfenninger

    Business

    An internship at Johnson & Johnson prompted business major Tim Pfenninger to undertake his own study of drug recall scandals at the company. At the time J&J had already announced a series of recalls—many involving bad Tylenol—and was a defendant in a consent decree for failing to comply with good manufacturing practices.
    With help from two TCNJ business professors, Pfenninger worked tirelessly on a field research case study, collecting public documents related to the recalls, listening to Congressional testimony, hunting down elusive legal records, and immersing himself in the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory practices. The trio presented their findings at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and published a scholarly article, “A Stealth Drug Recall: Who Protects Consumers and Shareholders?” in the Journal of Legal Studies Education.
    Another outcome: Pfenninger decided along the way to attend law school after graduating—he’s currently attending University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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