Medical News today defines neuroscience as; the study of how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does. Neuroscientists focus on the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. Students like Jada have the wonderful opportunity to discover more and more hidden gems about it while making an impact on future generations.
Isn't that exciting?
Name: Jada Lewis
Current University: Cleveland State University
STEM Career Path: Speech and Hearing/Pre-Med
Since attending Cleveland State University, Jada has made it her mission to bring awareness to many different neurodevelopment disorders . After witnessing her mother go through a traumatic experience, a turning point arose at which Jada realized becoming a neuroscientist was her given purpose.
KH: What sparked your interest to pursue neuroscience?
JL: What sparked my interest in neuroscience was going with my mother to see her neurologist after having a stroke. Looking at the scans of her brain and watching the doctor perform the physical exam made me realize that it was what I was purposed to do. That day I began looking more into neuroscience and discovered neurosurgery. From that day on, I vowed that I would do everything in my power to become a neurosurgeon.
KH: Best advice you have ever received?
JL: The best advice I have ever received was during a conversation with my mentor. He was explaining the importance of going to tutoring and getting help in my science classes. He told me the story of how he failed his first biology class in college because he was too proud. After almost following in those same footsteps, I learned that I didn’t have to know everything and it was okay that I didn’t know everything.
KH: What has been the most interesting part of your research/internships so far?
JL: The most interesting part of my research has been working with the students. Seeing them ask questions and showing a genuine interest in how they can change their lives for the better places a smile on my face.
KH: How do you enjoy your weekends?
JL: I enjoy my weekend by attending church, spending time enjoyng nature, and traveling whenever possible.
KH: Why is it so important to get more women into STEM fields?
JL: Women being in STEM is important because of what we bring to the table. As women we bring a certain level of understanding and compassion to a field that is predominantly male. Having more women in STEM will slowly but surely break the stigma that only men can be successful coders or become doctors. Growing up, when I would tell people that I wanted to be a doctor, they told me that I was entering a male's field (which would make it too hard for me to accomplish). Its discouraging to hear but far from the truth.
Getting more women into STEM fields will show that women can bring an equal amount of energy and a different perspective.
Thank you Jada for being A Young inspiration!
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