April 28, 2016
Haydee Jacobs, a senior public health and biology major, recently traveled to New Orleans, LA for the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) held March 13-17. The society is “a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad.”
Jacobs, who works in the UMass Amherst lab of Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy, traveled to the meeting through a Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Award, which is awarded to undergraduates presenting research at the meeting in order to foster interest in graduate studies in toxicology. Timme-Laragy nominated Jacobs for the award.
“The award fully funded Haydee’s trip to the conference, and matched her with a mentor from Pfizer. It was a great opportunity for her to learn how to present and communicate her research findings, meet other students and researchers, and network. The Pfizer mentoring program does a wonderful job of introducing undergraduates to the research community, and I'm so glad Haydee was chosen to participate in this,” says Timme-Laragy.
“It was incredible to speak with Dr. Stedman about his research, partially because we work in the same model, but also because I am interested in career opportunities in pharmaceuticals in the future,” she adds.
Jacobs plans to continue her research after graduation by pursuing an MPH at UMass Amherst.
“I feel so lucky to have spent such an amazing and successful week in New Orleans with my lab. I'm so grateful for the support I have received from the SPHHS and Pfizer in pursuing my academic goals,” she says.