Stephanie Akosa, from Newington, CT, has been involved in health-related activities since the summer before tenth grade when she volunteered at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Since then, she has worked with the Migrant Farm Worker’s Clinic and conducted research at UConn Health. Working in the lab of Dr. Nilanjana Maulik, Stephanies researched diabetic cardiomyopathy. A graduate of Newington High School, Stephanie ran track her entire high school career. She specialized in short sprinting events and particularly liked the 200m and 300m. With an interest in medicine, Stephanie will be a physiology and neurobiology major at UConn.