Jessica M. Avila

I am a first generation Hispanic college student working to obtain an Associate in Science degree at Nash Community College (NCC). My greatest career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology with a concentration in a medical or animal conservation field. I believe it is important to be passionate about the career one chooses in order to perform the very best.

I serve as a Spanish tutor, developmental mathematics tutor, public relations officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and secretary of the Math and Science Club. I attended the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Student Leadership Development program directed by Dr. Karen Yerby that greatly enhanced my leadership skills.

I have invested much of my time doing undergraduate research, attended five conferences to present research to scientists in the southeastern United States, and won the third place award at the North Carolina Academy of Science. I am an advocate for the NCCCS to develop a budget plan for undergraduate research and have submitted my intentions to the NCCCS President, Dr. Scott Ralls.