Hi! My name is Stephanie. I am from Ridgefield, NJ and attended the Academy for Medical Science Technology (Bergen County Academies) in Hackensack, NJ. I first became interested in Biology in the 9th grade, although my interest in the sciences could probably be traced back to my middle school years, when I wondered what made the flowers on the trees around my school smell like fish. As I took more science courses in high school, I came to realize how much I loved learning about the human body and the environment and how much more there was to learn. My time in the Gateway to Graduate School in Biology program at The College of New Jersey has been wonderful! Last year, I had the chance to rotate through various research labs where I learned about the importance of fruit fly gene research, the role of sleep apnea in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the significance of molting and feather structure in birds. I also had the opportunity to see, first-hand, how both lab work and field work are conducted. This year I will be doing lab and field investigations of ecological correlates of songbird morphology and physiology, working with the Carolina Chickadee, specifically. I am very excited to be a part of such a wonderful program and am looking forward to learning even more in the future.