Jennifer Graham is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biology. She is interested in studying the impact of disease on the nervous system and how it affects human physiology. She is working toward earning her Ph.D. to continue her scientific research as well as educate others. Her current research as an undergraduate focuses on how the Sigma virus affects male reproductive success in Drosophila following a host shift. She will have a poster presentation at the EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium this spring. Her research for the poster focuses on how aspartame affected development in Drosophila.
Jennifer grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. She earned her G.E.D. in 2000 and proceeded to get her certification as a nursing assistant. She enjoyed caring for the elderly. The experience made her realize that she wanted to do more for people, compelling her to continue her education by attending the local community college. At Big Bend Community College, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She earned her Associates of Arts and Science degree and transferred to Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2011. Jennifer will be the first in her immediate and extended family to earn a Bachelor's degree. Continual education is her goal even after she finishes graduate school.
Jennifer is a dedicated student and has made the Dean's list four times at EWU. She is currently Treasurer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. One of their goals is to reach out to American Indian high school students and provide information about going to college and majoring in a STEM discipline.
Jennifer would like to attribute her educational drive and success to her son, Michael.
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