Tess Pottinger is a biomathematics major at Douglass College, where she is a rising senior and a James D. Carr Scholar. She decided to attend Rutgers because it is one of the best research universities in the country, and provides research opportunities for undergraduates. Tess hails from Elmira, NY, but her family is from Jamaica.
Tess was introduced to science and mathematics at an early age; her father is an engineer, her mother is a business woman, and her stepmother is a nurse. She was very active in high school, having been involved in the student council, Spanish club, academic team, choir, soccer, and track.
This summer, Tess worked with Dr. Dorothy Gaboda on a project examining the effect of insurance coverage on preventive and non-preventive health care visits for mothers of children in FamilyCare, New Jersey’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Besides “dressing very well,” she admires Dr. Gaboda for her intelligence, support, and guidance. In the upcoming academic year, she plans to continue working with her mentor on a larger dataset.
Tess sees research as “a way to give back to society for all the great opportunities that were given to me throughout my life.” Tess’s educational goal is to attain a master’s degree in Biomathematics, and later her medical degree. Her most important criterion for a graduate program is to have faculty that are involved in cutting edge research in biostatistics and genetics. Her ultimate career goal is to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in genetics and policy.