I chose to earn my Ph.D. at FSU because I love the welcoming atmosphere and the amazing training opportunities. I also appreciate the collaborative spirit across disciplines which allows for a widespread of networking opportunities and extended the scope of my research.
Motivation to pursue a graduate degree
I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I wanted to further explore my passion for lab research and gain training that would allow me to create research opportunities for future scientists.
Importance and impact of research
My research focus is on neuro-psychiatric and developmental disorders that affects kids. This work is important because it increases what is known regarding childhood health disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders; further improving diagnosis and treatment.
I aspire to use my S.T.E.M. background within a policy position that will allow me to create and improve education and outreach opportunities for the future leaders of science. I also plan to take my research experience and skills to an international level and assist with research innovation and project management.
Advice for anyone considering graduate school
Graduate school has allowed me to develop mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ve made it through challenges that I never imagined overcoming while strengthening my skillset and knowledge in S.T.E.M. During graduate school, I explored the advantages of networking while fine-tuning my ability to present my project to a variety of audiences at domestic and international conferences. I mentored and taught multiple undergraduate and medical school students; sparking an understanding of the importance of research and building lasting relationships. My current career confidence stems from my experience within graduate school. Therefore, I would advise anyone considering graduate school to apply immediately and prepare for a life altering opportunity.
Accomplishments during graduate career
Leaders Recognizing Leaders Award (October 2017), Suffolk New Harold Article: Suffolk Native Paves the Way (August 2017), Center for Research, Education, and Training Enhancement Award (December 2016), Bryan Robinson Endowment Fellowship (June 2016), Graduate Student Leadership Award (April 2016), Academic Leadership Award at FSU (April 2016), Leslie N. Wilson-Delores Auzenne Minority Graduate Assistantship (March 2014, 2015 and 2016), Life Sciences Symposium People’s Choice Poster Award (February 2016), The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship (March 2015)
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Where are they now?
Dr. Lataisia Jones is a Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher at the Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C.