Jessica Price ’23 has been awarded the Martin Luther King Fellowship at Northeastern University. The fellowship is administered by the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and is awarded to students who “demonstrate high standards of leadership, strong academic achievement, and a commitment to community service.”
Jessica will be participating in a two-year Master’s degree program in biotechnology at Northeastern University. This program combines training in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences to better prepare students for success in today's dynamic work environments.
Through the Martin Luther King Fellowship, Jessica will be mentoring undergraduate students, planning and organizing events for the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, and participating in community service activities.
Jessica graduated in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a Biotechnology concentration and significant research experience. Jessica was a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro working on both the canine tumor research project and the New Moms Wellness randomized clinical trial. As a junior, Jessica received a paid summer fellowship from the Environmental Health Sciences Summer Research Program funded by the National Institute of Health. Jessica worked on a joint project with Dr. Arcaro and Professor Youssef Oulhote in the Public Health Department to investigate the immune response to COVID-19 and vaccination in people with high levels of the group environmental pollutants known as PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).
In April of 2023, Jessica attended the annual New England Society for Developmental Biology conference held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts as a member of the Fundamental Vertebrate Embryology course, taught by Professors Alfandari and Cousin. Jessica was part of the group that presented their research on heterotopic grafts of embryonic tissues at various stages of Xenopus laevis embryos.