Bianca Ruffolo

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Bianca Ruffolo, a junior at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, has established herself as an outstanding student, a dependable student employee, and a committed community volunteer. Bianca has made quite an impact with service and engagement both at the university and in the community. During her time at UW-Parkside, she has participated as a member of the Pre-Health Club, volunteered over 177 hours with campus events and through Habitat for Humanity, worked on the Student Center's Production Services and Campus Concierge staff, and was appointed to the College of Natural and Health Sciences Advisory Board, all while maintaining excellent grades. In the community, Bianca tutors middle and high school students in math and science and has donated her time working with students with special needs. Bianca is passionate about helping others and her community, possesses a visionary approach to leadership, and always leads from the heart. Her future plans include going to medical school and focusing on disease prevention research. I am honored to have Bianca represent UW-Parkside in this prestigious fellowship program.

Deborah Ford
University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Personal Statement

I was once told a story about three pots of boiling water. You put a carrot in one pot, an egg in another, and coffee beans in the last. The carrot went in hard but came out soft, the egg's insides went in soft but came out hard, and the coffee beans changed the water itself - and made it better. If the world and its challenges are the boiling water, then I want to be the coffee beans.

For now, I'm doing my best to make my local community a better place by having three campus jobs (that contribute, if only in small ways, to a better Parkside), while planning and running an event for Harry Potter Trivia, as well as doing various volunteer activities in a local hospital and my old high school.

My ultimate goal is to be a physician-scientist for rural, under-served communities in Wisconsin. These communities are a vital part of my home state and they are facing challenges that can be fixed by active investment into finding solutions. I want to practice medicine and study disease, making sure to include populations that have historically been underrepresented and mistreated in healthcare; the poor, minorities, and women.

Bianca Ruffolo
Molecular Biology / Bio Informatics / Chemistry Minor: Class of May 2019
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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