April 13, 2018
Our seventh STEM Ambassador of the Week for Spring 2018 is Molly Ross!
Molly is a first-year Animal Science major on the Pre-Vet track. She chose Animal Science as a major because of her great love of animals and her stanch interest in learning how to properly care for them through innovations in science and technology.
Molly has a particular goal of working with Dr. Cynthia Baldwin in the Department of Veterinary and Animal sciences. The research focuses on cellular responses to bacterial and protozoan pathogens of humans and livestock, and emphasizes the role of gamma delta T lymphocytes in adaptive immunity and vaccine development.
Molly became a member of the STEM Ambassadors Program because she was looking for a community of people who have similar interests and passions as hers. “Prior to my experience at UMass, I felt that a diverse support group was necessary albeit lacking in my life, in order to foster my growth as a first-generation college student and a woman engaged in science.” Her favorite part of the STEM AP experience so far has been her involvement in CURE class with Dr. Peg Riley about the prevalence of antibiotic resistant-bacteria in the environment. “Learning hands-on about the scientific method, developing a hypothesis, and presenting our findings was so eye-opening. I also love being able to attend the weekly seminars with my peers and discuss interesting topics”.
Molly’s post-graduation plans include working for the United States Department of Agriculture in some capacity, and taking part in something related to research and food safety.
One of Molly’s more significant extracurricular activities is her involvement in the National FFA (formerly the Future Farmers of America) Organization. “ I am serving as the 2018-2019 Massachusetts FFA State President, with the immense opportunity to represent, serve and positively impact 2,100 students across the Commonwealth that are enrolled in agricultural education programs, just as I was in high school. I recently had the honor of being the student speaker at the 2018 Massachusetts Agriculture Day, where I spoke to an audience of legislators, educators and supporters of Massachusetts agriculture. The photo I've attached shows me seated next to the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker at Massachusetts Agriculture Day.” Aside from FFA, Molly is also involved in the National 4-H Organization, which engages youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.
What a great achievement at such an early stage of your academic career! Your journey has just begun! Molly, we are very proud of you and we are excited to see you grow.