Welcome to our newest interns at Research!America! The science policy internship is supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Avery League is an undergraduate senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is majoring in Science and Technology in International Affairs with a Biotechnology and Global Health concentration and minoring in French. Avery is hoping to pursue a career in global infectious disease control and prevention, and she joined Research!America to advocate for innovative health research. In the past, Avery has conducted research on health security initiatives in West Africa and policies that impact maternal mortality rates in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Avery enjoys rock climbing and acrylic painting.
Jessica Yan is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan where she studied sociology and ecology. While in school, she worked on a variety of research projects. Some of those topics include songbird evolution, caterpillar herbivory, queer women’s experiences with sexual assault, student engagement in “voluntourism” and imperialism, and more. She also worked with a group of engineering students to innovate a bird identification system that records and identifies birds based on their song. After graduation, she volunteered for over three months helping residents of Detroit fight against unfair property tax assessments through the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP). Her work involved raising awareness, counseling residents through the tax exemption application, and notarizing the final document. She also briefly worked as a sushi chef and loved it. Jessica is passionate about racial and environmental justice, ecofeminist critique, and birds, and she hopes her experiences to bridge the gaps between science and social inequities.