Students of the Week

(Fall 2018 and Spring 2019)

Jenelle Lareche

September 24,  2018


Our first Ambassador of the Week for the Fall of 2018 is Jenelle Lareche.


Jenelle is a second year biology major working on a Spanish minor on the pre-medical track. She chose biology because she felt it would allow her to gain vital skills to excel in her field of interest. “Being able to communicate with people is an amazing ability, and I thought it was foolish to not continue my Spanish education into college,” asserts Lareche.


Currently, Jenelle is part of a clinical virtual lab working under Gabrielle Abelard, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor. The lab is considered “the best telemedicine teaching laboratory in the USA.”  Dr. Abelard has successfully integrated Telehealth seamlessly into both the undergraduate and graduate curricula at UMass Nursing. It consists of specially built observation stations that allow faculty to “privately evaluate and train clinicians in the art of practical telemedicine.”


Jenelle became part of STEM AP because she wanted to belong to a community of people that would push her to do her best, as well as making connections with people that can relate to the struggles one faces in the STEM field, especially as a first generation student. Her favorite part of the program is “being able to interact with people interested in all fields of STEM that I would've never talked to otherwise.”

Additionally, Jenelle has been a vital part of the program’s administration by shadowing our Special Projects Coordinator, Tova Rubenoff, and helping her set up the Middle School Mentoring and Service Learning/Outreach Program. We are excited for Jenelle to be our next SPC once Tova graduates.


After graduation, Jenelle is planning on getting her masters as part of her journey to becoming a surgical Physician Assistant. However, for the time being, she is enjoying her undergraduate years by being involved in many extracurricular activities such as ACTS (Adventist Christians Together to Serve, BSU (Black Student Union), as well as building a makeup community on YouTube and Instagram.


We can’t wait to see what Jenelle would do next!


STEM Ambassadors Program