Stephanie Morin wants to dedicate her life to changing the world. Currently a doctoral student at UMass Amherst studying molecular and cellular biology, Stephanie’s path in life was set in motion while attending the SABIS International Charter School in Springfield.
It was Stephanie’s mom – looking for a better opportunity for her daughter – who signed her up to attend SABIS. “In hindsight, I’m happy she did. I was one of those smart kids who stuck out. At SABIS I found myself in the company of peers. We were doing advanced college-level work in high school and we got plenty of attention from teachers and guidance counselors,” says Stephanie.
Stephanie credits her school and her teachers for the path she finally chose. She was always interested in science and it was during her biology class in her freshman year that she decided to pursue a degree in biology at Bay Path University.
After graduating college, Stephanie worked as a research assistant at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield where she realized “research was for me!”
Stephanie is now pursuing a doctorate degree at UMass and is a biomedical researcher investigating breast cancer. “There was always an emphasis on community and helping others while I was a student at SABIS,” says Stephanie. That sense of giving back to the community stayed with her after graduation and continues to drive her search for discovering a healthier life for all.
“...and you got plenty of attention from teachers and guidance counselors.”