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Scholarship Recipients Innovating in Israel – Yeshiva University News

Chemda Wiener ’21S and Eliana Feifel’ 21S are currently pursuing a master’s degree at Bar-Ilan University thanks to the support of the Innovation Nation STEM scholarship, which is available to outstanding students accepted into selected graduate programs in Israel. Winners receive $10,000 (US) each year for two years to cover tuition fees and some living expenses and will be invited to potential industry meetings and training opportunities in Israel during their graduate studies.

While at Stern College, Weiner, who hails from Edison, New Jersey, majored in computer science, studied physics and did dual internships in mathematics at Bar Elan and physics at Stern College. In Bar Ilan, she studies electrical engineering.

Weifel, who calls Chicago her hometown, majored in mathematics and taught physics and is now in electrical engineering in the nanoelectronics course, although she has found that her current work focuses on “bridging the gaps from my mathematics degree into some foundations of electrical engineering that I don’t have.” enough background in it.” The goal is to continue her work under the direction of Dr. Adam Timan.

Both currently live in Givat Shmuel, within walking distance of the university.

YU . News They had the opportunity to talk to them recently to talk about this new journey in their life.


Shimda Winner

Shimda Winner

You seem to have a very strong desire to be an engineer – what are your interests and what excites you in this field of study?

I like fully understanding things and using that understanding in construction and problem solving which I find very exciting about engineering in general. I love the creative process as well as the challenge of figuring something out.

How did you know about the scholarship?

Professor Alan Browder (which is really great), my professor of computer science, brought my scholarship to my attention when he heard that I was looking into masters programs in Israel.

How was the application process?

I have emailed a few people about the scholarship, including the Center for Career and Academic Advising and Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, who were all very helpful in guiding them. Once I applied to Bar-Ilan and was finally accepted, I wrote about my interest in engineering, my previous education, experiences and future aspirations and eventually was able to get the scholarship.

What surprised you the most about moving to Israel?

It’s amazing to me how dedicated people are to learning and doing well in their degrees, at least in the engineering department. In addition, the environment at Bar Ilan is less competitive, and people are always happy to help. I’m a little behind in terms of my knowledge, just because of the program I chose, so that was a bit surprising as well. But overall, this move was pretty good overall, which is really cool.

What are your plans after masters, professionally and personally?

Professionally, I hope to become a successful engineer and become a part of the startup nation environment in Israel. I really hope I enjoy my job and work for a company that I believe in. Personally, I plan to stay in Israel and explore it from there.


Eliana Weifel

Eliana Weifel

You majored in Mathematics and majored in Physics – what are your interests and what excites you in these areas of study?

I have always been fascinated and attracted to all subjects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Throughout my time at Stern College, I was able to pursue my interests and major in Mathematics as well as a minor in Physics. As I chose one more fellow in the Physics Department, we received a lot of individual attention and guidance from Dr. Lea Santos. This included a virtual summer internship studying quantum mechanics, which mainly consists of modeling specific patterns in particle dynamics with specific angular momentum. This experience left me with a real interest in the world of quantum physics, and I am excited to see how quantum computing will continue to influence our classical computational methodologies.

The mathematics courses I took provided me with a solid background in both pure and applied mathematical fields. I am constantly amazed at how interdisciplinary the study of mathematics is, and I am incredibly grateful to have a background that facilitates critical thinking and problem solving.

I would also like to add that I have a great network and friendships that stem from my math courses in particular. In fact, we have a group chat of about 10 members, and we keep communicating with each other now and then. I think there is even a reunion in the works, although I will miss it because I am now in Israel.

How did you know about the scholarship?

Susan Bauer, Executive Director of the Shevet Glaubach Centre, recommended that I be considered for this scholarship. I have already received an email from Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern with information about the scholarship and the application link. Since I had not heard of this scholarship prior to this email exchange, I am so grateful to all the Yeshiva University staff who were really looking forward to facilitating my transition to Israel.

How was the application process?

The application process was as follows: I had to fill out an online form that included basic information about myself, the name of the program I was accepted into, and a copy of my current resume. In addition, there were two short essay guides, both of 250 words or less. The first was to explain why I chose to pursue graduate studies in Israel, and the second was to explain how I expect the master’s program to advance my career goals.

What surprised you the most about moving to Israel?

Honestly, I found moving to Israel alone was the most possible experience of my life. While this may not sound new and surprising, it is definitely not what I was expecting to experience. It was undoubtedly a challenge for me to let go of the many amenities I had taken for granted, such as my close family, close friends with whom I spent a long time, the wonderful environment of Stern College, the culture I grew up with and of course English speaking! Having said that, I am very surprised by how accomplished I feel when I step out of my comfort zone and realize the wonderful opportunities that are here. I am humbled and thankful to God for living in a time when I can actively choose to be a part of Jewish history in a way that is unique to our generations.

What are your plans after masters, professionally and personally?

I don’t have any specific plans, both personally and professionally, after my master’s degree. That’s definitely at least two years away, and I’m not sure what the next few years of my life will bring.

I’m excited to see the opportunities that exist here, and how the high-tech world will continue to evolve. While the future always remains uncertain, I am confident that the education and relationships I received from Yeshiva University will continue to push me forward to try to always be a part of building a better future.

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