Jessica Kendrick is a senior at Georgetown College majoring in psychology, biology, and chemistry. In high school, Jess was in a biomedical science program and was actually able to do research through her school where she absolutely fell in love with it. This program is what stemmed her love for the sciences and made her want to pursue a career in research. Coming into college, she told her advisor that she was considering double majoring in chemistry and biology. Jess is someone who loves to learn. Her reasoning for this double major is because she loves biology, but thought chemistry challenged her more, so she wanted to pursue both. Her advisor warned her that this might not be a good idea, but that didn’t stop Jessica. Not only did she finish both majors, she managed to squeeze another one in there as well.
The psychology interest came from her time studying at Oxford University in London, England. Through Georgetown, Jessica was able to study a trimester of psychology at the Regent’s Park College of Oxford University and she felt it was important, as someone whose career is to make sick patients feel better, to also study and have a deeper understanding of the behavior of those people.
Throughout out her time in college, Jessica has had several opportunities to do research. Every year, the chemistry department at Georgetown College picks one student to do research at the National Institute of Health during the summer, and Jessica was nominated by her professors her junior year. This allowed her to do pharmacology research at NIH in Washington, D.C. this past summer. She also did genome research with a few professors at Georgetown College. She loved both of these experiences immensely.
Jessica is planning to join a post baccalaureate program after undergraduate school with the goal of then doing an MD/PhD program. As a doctor, she would love to be a medical scientist. She would love to see patients and then cater her research to what is relevant to the patients she is seeing. This summer, she has accepted a job working at the same lab when she was at NIH at the National Cancer Institute.
Luckily, as a woman in the STEM field, Jess has not experienced much discrimination. Her biggest word of advice, “…to not let people tear you down.” She was told that she shouldn’t double major, and in May she will be graduating with three majors! “Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something because you never know where your own willpower and determination will get you in life!”