Author: Hoffmann, Jessamy

2019 Rowe Scholar: Jaydel Hernandez

Jaydel Hernandez

Jaydel Hernandez is a biology major but is thinking about adding a minor or double major in a politics-related field to help in her pursuit of a career as a doctor who practices abroad. Originally from Guatemala, she grew up watching her father give back to their community in that country, and they are working on plans to open an orphanage there. Jaydel has attended a program at Johns Hopkins University that allowed her to experience inserting an IV and suturing. She has also completed a course at Greenwich Hospital where she learned about the responsibilities of each medical department. Additionally she completed an internship program at a center for mentally disabled patients. Jaydel is from Greenwich, CT and a graduate of Greenwich High School.

2019 Rowe Scholar: Leroy Griffiths, Jr.

Leroy Griffiths, Jr.

Leroy Griffiths, Jr. began his foray into the health professions when he was just nine years old and became a member of the Red Cross Foundation. Through this program he has volunteered at children’s homes, blood drives, and nursing homes. He’s majoring in physiology and neurobiology, which he feels aligns closely with his aspiration to become a neurosurgeon. Leroy loves to dance and has been a member of several cultural dance groups and teams, which he says makes dance a major part of his life. Born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Jamaica, Leroy moved to back to the US in the seventh grade and now lives in Bloomfield, CT where he graduated from Bloomfield High School.

2019 Rowe Scholar: Angelo Franco

Angelo Franco

Angelo Franco will be a biomedical engineering major with a potential double major in economics. His interest in economics stems from the fact that his family owns several restaurants. He’s a fluent Spanish speaker who loves photography and was a high school swimmer. He’s from East Hartford, CT where he graduated from the Connecticut IB Academy. Angelo has participated in UConn Health’s Health Career Opportunity Program’s High School Student Research Apprentice Program, where he researched bone regeneration, sparking his interest in biomedical engineering. He has also shadowed family and friends who work in health care.

2019 Rowe Scholar: Tiffany Addy

Tiffany Addy

Tiffany Addy shares the same middle name with eight of her first female cousins. She was born in Ghana, West Africa but lives in Farmington, CT where she graduated from Farmington High School. A physiology and neurobiology major, she has volunteered at John Dempsey Hospital for two summers, working hand-in-hand with professionals to provide care to patients. She has also participated in the Inspiring Women and Medicine Workshop, which exposed her to the field of orthopaedic surgery and engineering. As a senior in high school she was a member of the UConn Health Career Opportunities Program’s Senior Doctors Academy, where she shadowed at Pediatrics Associates of Farmington and conducted research on the neurocognitive effects of early childhood leukemia treatment on the brains of children between the ages of three and 10.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Sharon Cherian

Sharon Cherian at her White Coat Ceremony.

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2018
Undergraduate Major(s): Cognitive Science
Currently Employed By:
Updates: After graduating from UConn in 2018, I moved to West Virginia and started medical school at WVSOM. I am currently in my second year here and life has changed quite a bit. I went from being super involved with clubs and extracurricular activities in undergrad, and now most of my time is spent studying. Academics can be tough but I love learning clinical skills and applying what we are learning to real life situations. I am involved with a few organizations at my school, including being VP of the National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association (NOWPA). Other than that, nothing else is new, besides the fact that most of this year will be me preparing for my national board exams in May/June. If anyone wants to learn more about osteopathic medicine or applying to DO schools I am happy to help!

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Christina Jiang

Christina Jiang at her White Coat Ceremony.

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2017
Undergraduate Major(s): Molecular and Cell Biology, Nutritional Sciences
Currently Employed By:
Updates: I am currently a first-year in medical school. In the past 2 years, I completed a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences at UConn and worked as a medical scribe for Scribe America. I have worked in the emergency departments at St. Mary’s and St. Francis. I was a Project Manager for Scribe America at UConn where I helped establish the scribe program at UConn Dermatology. I also worked in Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, and ENT at UConn. During my master’s degree, I also worked as a tutor for the UConn athletes and a Starbucks barista.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Ollayos

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2017
Undergraduate Major(s): Nutritional Science
Currently Employed By: Yale New Haven Hospital, Registered Dietitian
Updates: I am currently working as a Clinical Dietitian in acute rehab / long term care. I oversee both a 120 and 124 bed skilled nursing facility to assure quality nutritional services are provided to all residents, including patients with enteral and parenteral nutrition requirements, pressure injuries, chewing and swallowing difficulties, and significant weight loss. I am hoping to pursue my certification in nutrition support in the near future!

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Perry

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2014
Undergraduate Major(s): Nursing
Currently Employed By: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Postdoctoral Fellow
Updates: I graduated with my PhD in May 2019 from UConn School of Nursing. In August, I began my tenure as a postdoctoral fellow for academic diversity at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in a joint effort with the University of Pennsylvania.