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2016 Ruderman Scholars

2016 Scholars 

Melanie GomesMelanie Gomes '16 majored in HSSP and minored in Social Justice/Social Policy and Politics. She previously interned at the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination where she primarily worked on cases that dealt with race- and disability-based employment discrimination. During the summer of 2015, she interned with MA Developmental Disabilities Council. She has previously worked at the Jewish Family & Children's Service as an Employment  Specialist helping adults with disabilities gain work skills and search for jobs as well as providing employment support for them once they have found jobs. She is currently studying occupational therapy. 

Ruthann HewettRuthann Hewett '16 majored in Psychology and HSSP. She was active in working with campus organizations that are devoted to disability issues. She was the founder of a new club, Brandeis Students for Disability Activism, and she volunteered with Brandeis Buddies. During the summer of 2015, she interned with the MA Developmental Disabilities Council. Ruthann is currently working with a residential day program before applying to clinical psychology programs. 

Kathryn SemerauKathryn Semerau '17 was a double major in Biology and Philosophy with a minor in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence. She came to the Ruderman Scholars program with much firsthand experience working with people with disabilities. She was a mentor and tutor for a student through Brandeis Spectrum, and worked both as an Assisted Living Provider for individuals with disabilities, and as a Best Buddy with Special Olympics. Her summer 2015 internship was at the Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, MA.

Kim ZayhowskiKim Zayhowski '16 majored in Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology, and minored in Mathematics. During her time at Brandeis, she  shadowed a neuropsychologist who specializes in working with children with developmental disabilities at NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents) in Newton. She  also volunteered as a coordinator with Special Olympics. For her Ruderman sponsored summer 2015 internship, Kim worked at The New England Center for Children (NECC). She is currently attending Stanford University’s Master of Science program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling.

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