Fall's Leading Women

Jamie Grimstad CC '19

Even with midterms cramming schedules and heavy course-loads making free time sparse, members of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter continue to pursue their interests beyond the classroom. Their drive to be “Leading Women” never stops, even when the amount of work they have seems unmanageable. Therefore, we’d like to highlight the incredible accomplishments of some of our weekly-awarded “Leading Women” from this semester so far.


First, we highlight Shira Becker, who just accepted a full time offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to be a Global Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst after graduation this coming spring. “As a sister who very recently went through the finance recruiting process, I have been a source of support and information for sisters who are interested in getting into the industry,” said Shira. Shira, who is not only dedicated to excelling in this position, is also fully committed to helping her sisters in anyway possible, conducting “coffee chats,” information sessions, resume reviews and mock interviews for anyone who is looking for help.


Next, we highlight Katalina Acevedo, who is one of the co-coordinators for the Columbia branch of Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit organization that recruits college volunteers across the nation to teach a comprehensive skills-based health curriculum to underserved urban high school students who otherwise would not be able to receive a thorough health education. Kat successfully recruited about 80 new Barnard/Columbia Health Educators this semester and then organized and ran an all-day intensive teaching seminar to prepare them for working in NYC public school classrooms. It is certainly a challenge and an honor to run this club, and we are not at all surprised that Kat has been killing it thus far!


We would also like to highlight the impressive work of Julia Barasch, who has been working at a neuroscience research lab at Columbia Medical Center since she was 15, after “discovering how much [she] loved research in the 10th grade.” Since then, she has spent countless hours during summers and school years studying how olfactory-related neural pathways in fruit fly brains can change based on experiences. As if this internship isn’t enough, Julia is also an I.I. Rabi Scholar on campus a member of the GlobeMed, a club that works to support Uganda’s Gulu Women’s Economic Development group. She helps fundraise and support their goal of reducing mother-child transmission of HIV. Furthermore, Julia participates as a consent educator with Columbia SVR (sexual violence response) and is on the leadership council of Peer Health Exchange. Julia is a Leading Woman because she pursues her passions — “neuroscience, public health, and education” — embraces her commitments, and manages to execute them all with the same amount of drive.

Working together on and off campus, all of these women have outstanding internships and extracurriculars that challenge themselves to push their abilities outside of the classroom and encourage others to do the same. Congratulations, ladies!!