Elizabeth Zyzo graduated from Pomperaug High School in her hometown of Southbury, Connecticut. She has a double major in Communication Disorders and Psychology, with an interest in speech pathology. Elizabeth has participated in several of UCHC’s Health Career Opportunities Programs, including the Pre-College Enrichment Program, where she researched Alzheimer’s disease and its association with certain inherited genes, and the Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, in which she conducted clinical research in the Hartford community. Elizabeth is an avid field hockey and basketball player and has a Jack Russell Terrier named Gypsy.
Ye Sun enjoys reading and spending time outdoors, though she also spends some interesting time in the lab of Dr. Joanne Conover, looking at the physiological changes to the brain through aging. Originally born in Beijing, China, Ye now hails from Cheshire, Connecticut where she graduated from Cheshire High School. She is a Molecular and Cell Biology major as well as a member of the Combined Program in Medicine. Ye has served as Trip Director for the Philadelphia Healthcare Alternative Spring Break, where she serviced underprivileged populations in hospitals and nursing homes. She also volunteers with Collegiate Health Service Corps and a soup kitchen in Willimantic.
Hilary Sullivan has created an individualized major entitled ‘Health, Culture, and Society’ and is very interested in studying the anthropological and sociological influences on health care. A graduate of Daniel Hand High School, Hilary is from Madison, Connecticut. She has volunteered at Yale-New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital where she has been inspired by the patients she’s met to pursue a career in health care. Because of her experience shadowing a pediatrician, Hilary is thinking about studying pediatrics. A huge fan of the German National Soccer Team, Hilary hopes to travel to Europe one day to watch them play.
Faith Crittenden, from Windsor, Connecticut, enjoys swimming for relaxation. A Chemistry major, she graduated from Metropolitan Learning Center through which she participated in several of UCHC’s Health Career Opportunities Programs. She has shadowed at the Maternal and Fetal Care department and the Neonatology department at UCHC.
Jahnea Williams, from Waterbury, Connecticut, graduated from Kennedy High School where she won the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing over 100 hours of community service. Several of those hours were dedicated to participating in the Migrant Farm Workers Clinic, where she measured and recorded blood pressures and blood glucose levels. Jahnea plans to major in Biological Sciences at UConn.
Kevin Smith will be majoring in Biomedical Engineering at UConn while also taking courses required for the pre-med track. A resident of South Windsor, Connecticut, his career goals stem from a stint he spent in the hospital as a young child. Kevin also has an interest in math and science and graduated from South Windsor High School, where he participated in Model UN.
Julian Rose has conducted research in Dr. Nair’s lab at the UConn Health Center, where he electrospun nanofibers for tissue regeneration. Julian has been involved in a couple of UCHC’s Health Career Opportunity Programs, including the Junior Doctor’s Academy and the Mini-Medical/Dental Program, which allowed him to attend lectures by physicians, surgeons, and other professionals in the health fields. A resident of Farmington, Connecticut, Julian graduated from Farmington High School, where he won a state championship for Class LL soccer. He will be attending UConn as a Biomedical Engineering major.
Shanicka Reynolds was born in Queens but has spent most of her life in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where she graduated from Bloomfield High School. She has taken part in UCHC’s Health Career Opportunities Programs, both Junior and Senior Doctors Academy. As a member of the Summer Research Apprentice Program Shanicka dissected over 55 mice in six weeks as she conducted research in Dr. Roger Thrall’s lab on white blood cells in Allergic Airway Diseased Mice.
Oghenefejiro Okifo, who goes by ‘Fejiro’, was born in the Bronx but has lived in Naugatuck, Connecticut since the age of 12, graduating from Naugatuck High School. Majoring in Biological Sciences, Fejiro has been inspired by the plight of a family member to focus on noninvasive medical procedures and medical problems that require treatment currently involving extreme pain, long recovery times, and high medical costs. Through her experiences shadowing at Silver Springs Care Center and her church, Fejiro has developed an interest in working with the elderly and ways in which to use technology to cater to their special needs. A member of the varsity dance team, in her free time Fejiro loves to learn new techniques and types of dance.
Kimloan Le is originally from Nha Trang, Vietnam, but has lived in East Hartford, Connecticut since the age of three. During vacations in Vietnam, Kimloan has shadowed a local pharmacist and interviewed the pharmacist’s colleagues to learn about the differences between pharmacy practices in countries with governments as diverse as America’s and Vietnam’s. A graduate of East Hartford High School, Kimloan plans to earn a joint PharmD/MBA degree. With an ear for languages, Kimloan is fascinated by the uniqueness and specifics of each sound. Already multilingual, she hopes to learn Arabic and Russian by travelling to experience the languages and cultures first-hand.