Jasmine Scott - Respect
Out of 815 research abstracts submitted to the Council on Undergraduate Research for the Posters on the Hill session, only 60 students were chosen. Jasmine Scott was one of them.
“I consider this to be my greatest undergraduate accomplishment to date,” said the junior agricultural education major.
Posters on the Hill helps members of the U.S. Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research. This year was the first time North Carolina A&T State University was represented in the session. Scott was also the first student from a historically black college or university invited since Johnson C. Smith University’s appearance in 2005.
“While the distribution of invitations was disproportional, we didn’t allow it to discourage us,” she said. “We used it as a catalyst towards further development of our research which was deserving of national attention.
Scott worked with Dr. Paula Faulkner, assistant professor in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, as a research assistant. Her abstract featured research on health statistics in North Carolina.
“Rural communities have disproportionately higher rates of obesity due to a lack of knowledge of dietetics and available research,” said Scott. “Essentially we studied childhood obesity among rural youth and reexamined our approach to nutrition education in an effort to develop and implement their interventions.”
Scott has a passion for helping others through agriculture.
“With it,” she said, “you don’t have to be dependent upon the strength of your body to provide for you family. (Agriculture) removes the fight for resources and allows you to have an interest beyond merely surviving.”
The student, who hails from the small town of Madison, N.C., uses her love for agriculture to secure for others the opportunity to focus on their passions.
“When you’re working towards you passion, it’s like you’re in another realm. You can work longer, think smarter and your creative abilities begin to flourish,” she said.
While at N.C. A&T, Scott has served on the Collegiate Future Farmers of America e-Board and School of Agriculture and Environmental Advocates, and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She has also worked for AgCareers.com as a campus ambassador and was a federal student ambassador for the U.S. Forest Service.
“I want to be remembered as a student who gave freely of my time, talents and abilities to be of service to the university, especially to the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences,” she said.