Angelyca Jackson Wins 2014 Graduate Community Award
On May 8 at the Graduate Poster Session, Dean of Graduate Studies F. Jon Kull announced the winner of the Graduate Community Award. The Graduate Studies Office awards the Graduate Community Award to graduate students in recognition of their service to the Dartmouth community. Recipients, who are nominated for the award by faculty and peers, serve the community by participating in student governance, serving on campus-wide committees, and in the development and promotion of academic and social programs.
Jackson is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program. She conducts research in Professor Deborah Hogan’s lab on an enzyme produced by the bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the role of this enzyme in the virulence of P. aeruginosa. P. aeruginosa can cause life-threatening infections of critical body organs. Jackson has published an article with her collaborators on this work in the Journal of Bacteriology, and she is in the process of submitting a second article.
Jackson has been involved in a wide variety of community activities in the Dartmouth and Upper Valley region. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, United Way, the International Graduate Mentoring Program (IGMP), Relay for Life, the Upper Valley Haven, the Prouty, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock HERO Half Marathon. Jackson has participated for two years in a row in the annual Dartmouth Day of Caring, and this year is helping to organize the Dartmouth Day of Service with the Geisel School of Medicine Community Service Committee. She has led science presentations for the Middle School Science Day at Dartmouth and for the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) Science Day for students in grades 6-9. In this way, Jackson has shown strong leadership through her community interactions.
Jackson has also devoted time to service in her department; she served on the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Committee. On this committee, she aided faculty in governing the graduate program, participated in application review, coordinated interview weekends, and took part in other academic decision-making. In describing Jackson’s involvement on this committee, a faculty member observed, “I saw how Angelyca was a deeply involved person who took on any necessary task, and who always had an eye for what else could be done.” In addition, Jackson has spent time attending practice talks and practice qualifying exams for her lab mates and other students in her program. She is always supportive of fellow classmates and other graduate students.
Finally, Jackson is an active promoter of graduate study and research at Dartmouth. She has participated in events to recruit underrepresented minority graduate students to Dartmouth, including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and a recruitment event at Hunter College in New York City.
The Graduate Studies Office thanks Jackson for her active involvement in and valuable service to the community!