Elif Memet, a girl from Constanta, only 20 years old, the valedictorian of the International Computer High School, was admitted last year at the Columbia University, with full scholarship thanks to her exceptional results in the academic sector, coming from national and international Olympiads and competitions. Elif speaks six foreign languages; last year she was invited to the White House, following her winning of an international essay competition; she was the youngest representative at Harvard WorldMUN – Brussels 2014; she participated at Doha Gathering of all Leaders in Sport Forum 2013 and she had many other successes in various areas.
Of course Elif didn’t stop here. Admission to one of the best universities in the world was only the beginning. She was also admitted among the 10 Science Research Fellows which are selected per year, receiving at the same time a scholarship in value of USD 10,000, in order to perform her research work during the summer (ten weeks). But the unique opportunity comes for her from being elected to perform her research alongside with the Nobel Prize laureate for Economy Joseph Stiglitz – in fact, an unimaginable competitive position, being the only first year student who has such an achievement, since Mr. Stiglitz is usually coordinating master or doctoral thesis. Since she was in the eight year of school, when she first read one of his articles, Elif declared herself fascinated about Mr Stiglitz’ works. Since then, she read most of his books, including “Freefall”, “Globalization and Its Discontents”, “Making Globalization Work”, and he became one of her academic idols and a model to be followed.
Elif didn’t choose her research topic yet, since she is still oscillating between “The relationship between the economic inequality and the American healthcare system” and “The relationship between climate change and economic inequality”.
Research isn’t the only activity area for Elif in this period. She is having the position of Columbia College Ambassador; she is a member of the Columbia Energy Club, Columbia Financial Investment Group, Lion Fund (the University’s investment fund), she is also a member of the Board of Columbia Club of New York, the youngest member of the Romanian-American Business Council, the coordinator of the League of Romanian Students Abroad – USA subsidiary, and the personal assistant of Princess Marina Sturdza.