May 23, 2018
The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognized Jessica Furtado, a Public Health Sciences and biochemistry and molecular biology double major, as one of its 21st Century Leaders during the university’s undergraduate commencement held on May 11, 2018. The university honors a group of graduating seniors each year for their exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership.
During her time at UMass Amherst, Furtado was a student mentor and one of the first participants in the STEM Ambassadors Program, which is designed to improve retention rates for diverse groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She also served as co-manager of People’s Market, a student-run business that focuses on providing the community with food from socially and environmentally responsible companies. In the fall of 2018, she will begin graduate studies in biochemistry at Yale University.
Read about all of the 2018 honorees here.