Student Highlights - Jacquelyn Jackson
Graduate Program: Interdepartmental Genetics
Undergraduate degree: Plant and Soil Science, Tuskegee University
What is your career ambition? To teach and administrate at the college level.
What is the biggest adjustment you had to make coming to Iowa State? Aside from adjusting to the amazingly cold Iowa winters and the somewhat flat and treeless landscape, the biggest adjustment I had to make was a cultural one. Although Ames is very friendly like a lot of places in the south, Iowa is still no Alabama. The lack of diversity was a challenge for me and more challenging than I had anticipated.
What do you do for fun? Fun is in the eyes of the beholder. However, I sometimes invite friends over for dinner and a movie or “hang out” with members of my church. At other times I like doing hobbies such as crocheting, singing, reading and watching football.
Why did you choose Iowa State? I chose Iowa State because of the great programs it had to offer in my field of interest and because of the wonderful faculty I met while visiting the campus. I liked the atmosphere of the Plant Pathology Department and loved the campus and town. Also, I like extreme weather and thought that moving to Iowa would be a fun experience. I witnessed the November tornado, so I can truly say that it has lived up to that!
What have you learned about yourself since you have been at Iowa State? This is actually a really hard question to answer. I learned that I still have a lot to learn about myself. I’m not kidding.
What research are you currently doing? I am currently studying Barley Yellow Dwarf (BYDV) replication. My project involves trying to understand how a specific group of sequences, within the viral genome, and its secondary structure work to generate an important subset of viral RNAs during replication.
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