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Science Unlimited

Student of Biological Sciences Jenny Jing is outreach personified. As the president of the International Honors Society, research assistant in Tony Tagliaferro’s lab, co-chair for Alpha Epsilon Delta, treasurer of Phi Sigma, biology tutor, a member of the pre-health professional society, and a volunteer EMT, she’s just scratching the surface of an endless capacity for active learning.

Having grown up and been a student in Canada, China, and the US, Jing says, “Science doesn’t know land boundaries.” Her enthusiasm for discovery has opened opportunities for her to connect with scientists all over the world.

Jing presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Last March, Jing was one of two students from UNH asked to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ogden, UT. There, she met Tim Xu, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Young Investigators, who introduced Jing to its mission to promote scientific talk within the undergraduate community. Not long after that, Jing was appointed to the publication’s editorial board as an associate editor, and began a twelve-week training program to prepare her for editing scholarly papers and writing abstracts. “I want to work with a team and make research better,” says Jing whose proven dedication propelled her into a public relations role on the board of the journal as well. “This is a great springboard into my future,” says Jing.

Jing travels with regularity to deepen her knowledge of the biological sciences. In early November, she’ll be attending the International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students in Dublin, Ireland. And her work on the biological and sociological link between obesity and eating disorders will be published in Biomedical Central, forthcoming from the conference.

Jing received a scholarship to attend the Women’s Day Conference at John Hopkins University in mid-November. Not one to stay in one place for too long, she’ll be going abroad again in the name of science as a scholarship laureate. “Some students don’t know how big the world is and how smart people are out there,” says Jing. “I want to know what other people are doing.” Jing is likely to seek out an opportunity in Australia to dig a little deeper and uncover, as she says, “the important questions that haven’t been asked yet.”

- Victoria Forester Courtland