Class of 2013 from Roanoke, Virginia
Major: Biology with a minor in chemistry in the College of Science and Technology
Campus Involvement: Secretary for the College of Science and Technology’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSAT STEM) Club, writes a biweekly article for the CSAT newsletter, Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) tutor, and a member of the Honors Academy
Radford University was practically a household name throughout Jasmine Jackson’s childhood. Living just 45 miles from campus and having an aunt who was an alumna, Jackson grew up hearing about the close-knit campus community and outstanding academic programs the university offers. Those factors were enough to put Radford University on her short list, but her experience in the Summer Bridge Program pushed the university to the top.
The College of Science and Technology’s Summer Bridge Program offers high school girls with an interest in science, math and technology an opportunity to experience college life through a week-long residential experience. Meeting and working with Radford University professors solidified her decision to attend the university.
“My high school math teacher told me about the program and because I was already interested in Radford, I thought it would be beneficial for me attend,” she said. “I am so glad I did.”
With a dream of becoming a doctor, Jackson was happy to discover that the courses she has taken in cellular biology, physics and biochemistry are prerequisites for medical school. She’s also appreciated that the rigorous expectations of her professors are preparing her well for the challenges of a medical school experience. Further, she’s had the opportunity to conduct undergraduate and graduate research and present her findings at regional and national conferences – experiences that make her stand out as she applies to medical schools in Virginia and West Virginia.
Jackson’s ultimate goal is to become a physician specializing in infectious diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis, but patient care will be her priority.
“Although I could go to graduate school to work on diseases and cures, I would rather be able to work with patients, get to know them, and let them know that I care and want to help; not only with keeping them alive and helping them get well, but also increasing their quality of life,” she said.