Jack Lupfer, a junior biology major on the pre-dental track at Stony Brook University, has been selected to serve on the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Pre-Dental Advisory Committee for 2015-2016. Each year, only six pre-dental students are chosen from hundreds of applicants to sit on this committee and advocate for all pre-dental students nationwide.
ASDA is a national student-run organization that advances and protects the rights, interests and welfare of dental students across the country. Although its main focus is current dental students, ASDA also supports pre-dental students, encouraging them to become members, attend annual conferences and serve on councils. The ASDA Council on Membership has a subcommittee dedicated to and run solely by pre-dental students, which is the Pre-Dental Advisory Committee that Lupfer has been invited to join.
“I am truly excited to work with the other members of this committee during the upcoming year and, hopefully, continue to bring about positive changes and accomplishments that pre-dental students can benefit from across the country.”
Lupfer has served as vice president of Stony Brook’s Pre-Dental Society for the past two years and is active in many other areas on campus as well. He has been doing research in Professor Nancy Reich’s lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology for nearly a year, studying Interferon Stimulated Genes (ISG’s), specifically ISG54 and ISG60. Lupfer is a teaching assistant for organic chemistry, works as an office assistant in the Student Orientation and Family Programs Office, and is a resident assistant in Kelly Quad. He also serves on the eboard for Seawolves Against Cancer and is a co-coordinator for Stony Brook’s Relay for Life.
“I truly enjoy playing a role in all the things I’m involved with and always encourage my peers and residents to get more involved, too. In my opinion, student involvement not only helps you gain the vital skills that you’ll need to be more competitive once out of college, but enhances your overall experience during your four years here, too.”
— Lynne Roth