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Ladaysia
Jackson-Antrum

Cohort 6

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Nutrition, with minors in Chemistry and African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Research Interest: Maternal/child development nutrition



These experiences have allowed me to use my love for science as a tool to better my community.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

During Selection Weekend, I was able to meet the current CSS scholars and discuss their experiences at Carolina. Through these amazing conversations I was also able to see all of the opportunities available through CSS. Most importantly, I realized how valuable it is to have a community of people who are also minority students when pursuing a career in a field that lacks diversity, such as STEM.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

Summer EXCELerator was so much fun. Although it was challenging, it pushed all of us to become better students and helped me to form life-long friendships.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

CSS has provided me with opportunities to work in labs and interact with prominent scientists. These experiences have encouraged me to strive for excellence and have allowed me to use my love for science as a tool to better my community.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

My primary area of research is nutrition in relation to maternal and child development. I am currently working with Dr. Heather Wasser on a project related to the effects of COVID 19 on food access for low-income women and children.


AWARDS AND HONORS

  • CSS Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Award