STUDENT AND ALUMNI ACCOLADES
Hrishita Badu ’22 received a Susanne Hoeber Rudolph full-tuition scholarship to pursue graduate studies in international relations at the University of Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with honors with minors in pre-law and communication and media studies.
Nicole Garcia, a junior and biology and marketing major, was awarded a PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Teams internship. She worked with New Jersey Natural Gas to make a plan to increase awareness of the company’s energy efficiency and energy assistance programs, focusing on customers in overburdened communities.
Romina Ghale ’19, who holds a bachelor’s in biology from Caldwell, was accepted into the Ph.D. immunology program at the Mayo Clinic.
Destiny Gonzalez-Ortiz ’22 completed the Diversity Summer Internship Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She worked in biochemistry and molecular biology at the school under the leadership of Dr. Vito Rebecca, assistant professor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. Gonzalez-Ortiz, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Caldwell, was thrilled to present her findings at Johns Hopkins University and at the Leadership Alliance Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. She is grateful to a number of people who helped make her internship possible including her former science professor, Dr. Agnes Berki; Caldwell alumna Dr. Barbara Detrick ’65, a longtime professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who established the partnership between Caldwell and Johns Hopkins several years ago, and Rebecca “and the lab team for being so welcoming.” The day after she finished her internship in Baltimore, she was on her way to Erie, Pennsylvania, to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she is pursuing a Master in Medical Science degree.
Lundia E. Josue, a senior health care administration major, interned in the Human Resources Department at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey in the summer.
Javier Lewis ’14 was selected as a 2022-23 fellow for the inaugural Early Career Fellowship for Professionals of Color, established by the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter. Lewis is a strategic communications professional at FTI Strategic Communications. He serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and marketing from Caldwell University and a master’s in strategic public relations from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is a board member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists.
Anjuli KC, a sophomore, has received a scholarship to attend the 2022 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute in San Diego in the fall. In June she attended the association’s Emerging Leaders summit, focusing on career development for STEM, business and financial services industry majors.
Melany Lema ’22, who earned her bachelor’s in biology from Caldwell, was accepted into the veterinary medicine program at Long Island University, a new veterinary school.
Shanid Shrestha ’22 is attending Penn State to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. He took first place at the annual Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.
Yaman Thapa ’22 is pursuing Ph.D. studies at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring, New York. She was awarded a graduate fellowship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Thapa received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Caldwell.
Vanessa Veras, a junior and sociology major, was one of 146 college students selected to participate in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities national internship program this past summer. She interned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
Connor Woods, a financial economics major with a minor in data analytics, did an internship with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the Data Specialist Group. As he shared in a FINRA tweet, “My internship has helped me better prepare for a career in the financial industry. There has been no better place to start than FINRA, which oversees thousands of broker-deals and plays a key role with the securities industry. FINRA has helped instill in me key values such as integrity, collaboration and hard work.”