June 19th, 2013 by Jonathan Schwab
Yeshiva University’s students are heading off to great destinations this fall as they continue their remarkable journeys.
Some quick facts:
- 51 Stern graduates are beginning their studies at doctorate programs in the sciences, including medical school, dental school, optometry school, biomedical sciences, chemistry, and psychology.
- 98% of YU graduates self-reported being accepted to at least one law school, and YU graduates were accepted to top law schools, including 13 accepted to Cardozo on full scholarship, 10 acceptances each to Columbia, UCLA, and Georgetown, and acceptances to Harvard, Cornell, NYU, Stanford, Yale, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania.
- Yeshiva College graduates were accepted to some of the most prestigious medical schools, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, UCLA, and Einstein. Students were also accepted to special medical programs, including acceptances to Mount Sinai’s Humanities and Medicine Program, NYU’s Three-Year MD Degree Pathway Program, and Einstein’s Early Decision Admission.
May 8th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Jack Sztrigler, a junior at Yeshiva College (Mexico City, Mexico), was recently named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for the work he did, in conjunction with other YU students, at the Highbridge Community Center in the Bronx. The program, called “Tech4Life” is a computer literacy class for adults. During his second semester at YC Sztrigler helped create the program, complete with a syllabus, handouts and optional homework because he felt that there “was a need for adults in the West Bronx to learn basic computer literacy.” With an emphasis on creating lasting relationships between tutors and students, the ultimate goal is “to help students at the center get a job and remain connected to their families through the new technology available.”
In addition to the work Sztrigler has started at the community center, he is also captain of the soccer team and president of the Latin American club. Sztrigler is also involved in HopeBook, a non-profit online compendium of inspiring letters for cancer patients. Sztrigler helped found HopeBook and now serves as chief editor in addition to running business and development for the organization.
Through the Truman application process, Sztrigler found that he was challenged to identify himself and his passions, but he was supported by Yeshiva: “The school really rallies around you.”
April 29th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
The 2013 Langfan Family Oratory Competition featured a group of impressive Yeshiva University undergraduate men and women arguing about whether the extrajudicial targeted killing – such as the drone strike on Anwar al-Aulaqi – of a U.S. citizen is unconstitutional.
The participants each had five minutes to present their arguments to a panel that judged them on clarity, use of research, anticipated counter-arguments, and overall style and delivery.
First place from the Beren’s women campus went to Hannah Dreyfus (New Haven, CT), second place to Nechama Dreyfus (New Haven, CT), and third place to Meirah Shedlo (Baltimore, MD).
The men’s winners were: first place Aaron Kor (Fair Lawn, NJ), second place Charles Kopel (Long Island, NY), and third place Mark Weingarten (Queens, NY).
“I think this experience will be very useful to the participants,” said Ms. Ariella Hellman, Pre-Law Adviser for the Wilf Campus and the event’s organizer, “no matter what field they choose to pursue.”
April 25th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Gavriel Brown (Silver Spring, MD) won first prize in the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize for Ethics Essay Contest.
Brown, a Yeshiva College junior and member of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program, is majoring in English. Currently the news editor of The Commentator, he was selected as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Gavriel’s winning essay, “Losing Self, Finding Self” discusses lessons he learned while volunteering at – and eventually coordinating many services for – a shelter in Washington Heights for evacuees from this past October’s Superstorm Sandy. The contest is open to juniors and seniors at any four-year accredited undergraduate school, and Gavriel is the first winner in Yeshiva University history.
Gavriel’s work at the shelter was recognized at Yeshiva’s Hannukah Dinner, when he was selected as a “Point of Light.”
April 23rd, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Michael Shulman (Teaneck, NJ) was among the students listed as “Top Participants” in the 73rd Annual William Putnam Mathematical Competition.
The William Putnam Competition, a North American math contest for college students, gives participants six hours to solve twelve problems.
April 16th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
The 245th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, Louisiana hosted more than 10,000 presentations on the relationship between chemistry and food in society, and among the presenters there were six impressive students from Stern College for Women.
Sara Snow, Anna Weinstein, Estee Robin, Jordana Weitschner, Talya Laufer, and Yosefa Schoor presented their research and attended the conference. The group also accepted an Honorable Mention Chapter Award on behalf of Stern College.
Talya Laufer, a senior majoring in Chemistry, also won a personal prize in the Computational Division for her project, “The Effects of Tyrosine O-Sulfation on Binding Affinity in CXCR4-SDF-1 Complexes.” Talya is performing her research at Stern with SCW faculty member Dr. Chaya Rapp.
From left to right: Sara Snow, Anna Weinstein, Estee Robin, Jordana Weitschner, Talya Laufer, Yosefa Schoor, Dr. Don Estes
April 12th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Stern College for Women has been getting a healthy dose of pride in its humanities students as graduation and the summer gets closer.
Hannah Dreyfus, a junior double-majoring in Journalism and Philosophy was accepted to the American Society for Magazine Editors Summer Internship program, which places interns as prestigious magazines around the New York area. The program is selective, taking only 10% of applicants. Hannah is also a student in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program and the Managing Editor of The Observer, Stern College for Women’s official newspaper. She has written for The Jewish Week, Aish.com, and The Times of Israel
Meirah Shedlo, a senior and History major also in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, was selected as a recipient of the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, recognizing top graduating seniors across the country studying American history. Meirah is the President of the History Club and served as an intern with the Division of Political History at the National Museum of American History, and she will be serving as a Presidential Fellow in the Stern College for Women Office of the Dean next year. Check out her article My summer with the First Ladies.
April 12th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Spring sports are on a roll at Yeshiva.
The men’s volleyball team captured its second straight Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference Championship Thursday night behind Senior Daniel Lapson (Skokie, IL), who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Lapson, Elchanan Margolis (Toronto, ON), and Adam Rhodes (Los Angeles, CA) were also cited as All-Conference.
Yeshiva was the top-seeded team and undefeated within the conference.
Meanwhile, the brand-new Women’s Softball team did not take long to have a big impact. In the inaugural games, they crushed Sarah Lawrence College in a doubleheader, scoring 31 runs and winning both games by mercy rule. Sophomore shortstop Erin Potasnick (Teaneck, NJ) went 6-for-9 at hit for the cycle on the day to help pitcher Meira Lerner (Sharon, MA), who threw all 11 innings, allowing only three earned runs.
Be sure to follow all Yeshiva sports at yumacs.com
March 29th, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Ari Cuperfain (YC, Chemistry ’13), a tutor in Yeshiva University’s Wilf Camps Writing Center who helps other students with their writing, has been doing some writing (and publishing) of his own.
The March/April issue of The Writing Lab Newsletter, a nationally recognized journal for writing center research at all levels of secondary and higher education, includes an article by Ari: “Can I Help You With That?: Directive Tutoring and The Status of Contextual Information in the Writing Center.” The article, drawing on Ari’s experience as a tutor, examines what the role is of information gained outside the tutoring session.
Ari’s article, the first by a Yeshiva tutor to be published in WLN, has already drawn praise from readers and reviewers on the group’s Facebook page, including a professor at Antioch, who promised to share the “astute and helpful” piece with colleagues.
January 23rd, 2013 by jonathan schwab
Jacob Novikov, from Franklin, MA came to Yeshiva College from Franklin High School – the only student in his class to do so.
He graduated in 2012 as one of YU’s over 600 graduates, and now he is one of the newest class of 830 probationary New York City police offers to be sworn in by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Jacob majored in Political Science and participated on YU’s Men’s Wrestling Team