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Student Profiles in the MS-IDGH Program

Diving Right into a Career in Infectious Disease

Isabella Renzi, VG19, works for a biotech company evaluating potential antigens for vaccines
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This Cummings Grad Researches Vector-Borne Diseases for the CDC

Tess van Kan, VG16, credits the school’s M.S. in Infectious Disease & Global Health program for giving her a leg up

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Student Profiles in the MS-IDGH Program

Members of the first class of the MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health program discuss their experiences, reasons for joining the program and plans for the future after completing their degrees.

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  • Rebecca Provensal, MS-IDGH ’21
    Rhode Island B.S. in Animal Science University of Rhode Island, 2019 Hey, everyone! My name is Becky. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2019 with a bachelor’s in animal science. Since then, I have been working as a veterinary technician at Wood River Animal Hospital in Wyoming,... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Shaila Patel, MS-IDGH ’21
    California B.S. in Public Health San Diego State University, 2020 Before entering the MS-IDGH program, I was in California getting my undergraduate degree. I graduated in May 2020 from San Diego State University with my B.S. in public health. I became interested in infectious disease through the public health and... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Sarah Miller, MS-IDGH ’21
    Connecticut B.S. in Medical Technology Marist College, 2017 My name is Sarah Miller, and I am from Hamden, Connecticut. In 2017, I graduated from Marist College with a B.S. in medical technology. Afterwards, I sat for my board exam and became an ASCP-certified medical laboratory scientist (MLS). For three years,... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Morgan Candon, MS-IDGH ’21
    Rhode Island B.S. in Health Sciences Franklin Pierce University, 2020 Hello everyone, my name is Morgan Candon, and I am from Warwick, Rhode Island. I attended Franklin Pierce University and earned my bachelor’s degree in health sciences this May (virtually) with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and healthcare administration. I currently... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Maggie-Elizabeth Hathaway, MS-IDGH ’21
    Maine B.S. in Biomedical Science University of New Hampshire, 2020 My name is Maggie-Elizabeth Hathaway. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. I first became interested in infectious diseases during a study abroad program in South Africa in 2018. During... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Juliana Barrett, MS-IDGH ’21
    California B.S. in Molecular Biology University of California, San Diego, 2019 Hello everyone! My name is Juliana Barrett, and I’m happy to be here in Massachusetts for the MS-IDGH program. I’m coming to Tufts from my home state of California with my two-year-old cat named Chowder, and we are both... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Joycelynn Acheampong, MS-IDGH ’21
    Virginia B.S. in Microbiology Virginia Tech, 2017 My name is Joycelynn Acheampong. Most of my upbringing was in my home state of Virginia, but I was born and spent my earliest years here in New England. In 2017, I earned my B.S. in microbiology at Virginia Tech, where I engaged... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Hunter Kellogg, MS-IDGH ’21
    Washington B.S. in Public Health Kent State University, 2020 My name is Hunter Kellogg, and I recently moved to Massachusetts from Washington state, where I was born and raised. I live with my fiancee and our two cats. I love to travel and spent a couple of years in a... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Hannah Buss, MS-IDGH ’21
    New Hampshire Animal Science University of Rhode Island, 2019 Hello! My name is Hannah Buss. I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I obtained my undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Rhode Island. My senior year, I volunteered with Laura Thompson at Mystic Aquarium, assisting her... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Emma Buck, MS-IDGH ’21
    Connecticut B.S. in Neuroscience Western New England University, 2020 My name is Emma Buck, and I graduated from Western New England University in the spring of 2020 with a B.S. in neuroscience. Before graduating, I assisted other neuroscience students on their senior thesis and eventually completed my own! My thesis... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Crystal Curcio, MS-IDGH ’21
    New Jersey Animal Science Deleware Valley University, 2019 Hello, fellow classmates in the M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health Class of 20-21! My name is Crystal Curcio. I am 28 years old and was born in New Jersey. I earned my undergraduate degree in small-animal science with a minor... Read more
    Source: MS-IDGH Students Published on: 2020-09-03

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