Therese attributes her love of science to an encouraging high school teacher. The instructor was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, and Therese’s resulting desire to find better treatments for this and other brain cancers, became the motivation behind her pursuit of higher education.
She is currently a junior at Johns Hopkins University, where she is a member of Nu Rho Psi, the Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience. She is also in the process of conducting two research studies, one on public health and psychology, and the other on neuroscience. Her academic achievements have earned her a place on the Dean’s List every semester, and she has also been awarded a Dean's Undergraduate Research Award.
In addition to her research, she helps others by volunteering to clean the Carmine Community Garden in Baltimore, and by serving as a MAPP (Mentoring Assistance Peer Program) mentor to underrepresented, first-year Hopkins students.
In September, Therese was one of 118 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s STEM Summit. The event is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that provides top HSF Scholars with an inside track to career success in STEM fields, through a combination of mentoring, leadership development, professional insights, career guidance, and internship and job opportunities. She says it is “a privilege” to be part of the HSF network, and that she is grateful for the opportunity to connect with people of “similar backgrounds, who understand where [she] has come from,” and can support her with professional guidance.
She encourages students who are considering college to be unafraid of the challenges ahead. “It does get hard at times,” she says, “but if you remain focused on the end goal, you will be able to surpass whatever obstacle you are facing.”