Nicole Jarrett returned to the Institute to teach this years research methods class for the Project L/EARN interns. Nicole was a Project L/EARN intern in 1994. Subsequently, she was awarded a Minority Academic Careers Undergraduate Fellowship and completed her Henry Rutgers Honors Thesis. Under the supervision of her former Project L/EARN mentor Dr. Howard Leventhal, Nicole investigated health beliefs of elderly African-Americans on mammography. Currently, Nicole is a fourth year doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she received a 4 year fellowship with the National Institute on Aging. Her current research interests include neighborhood effects on childhood development.
Nicole was excited to come back to Project L/EARN in her new role. She credits Project L/EARN for sparking a real passion for health research and giving her the support and skills she needed to pursue independent research. According to Nicole, "The program is as challenging as I remembered it, but it has advanced and improved significantly, staying on the cutting edge of health research. As a staff member, I now know that the interns are not the only ones faced with an overwhelming amount of work during the summer." Although Nicole feels that a high intensity program such as Project L/EARN requires much careful planning and perseverance, she comments that "watching the interns present their final projects makes the whole endeavor worthwhile. Each intern has grown considerably. I hope they are as proud of their accomplishments as I am."