Alissa Wuorinen, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences, received an award from the Science Coalition for her second-place finish in its “Fund it Forward” video challenge.
The Science Coalition is a national non-profit organization of more than 50 private and public research institutions dedicated to sustaining federal funding in university research.
In 2019, Wuorinen participated in the College of Health Sciences’ Summer Research Program, a ten-week summer research training program for undergraduates with interests in biomedical and health sciences research. Wuorinen currently works in Dr. Jennifer Evans’ research laboratory, studying circadian rhythms and their impact on physical and mental health. Evans, associate professor of biomedical sciences, received a $1.7 million NIH R01 grant in 2015.
Wuorinen’s video submission highlighted her work as an undergraduate researcher. She answered the contest’s question: “Why is continued federal support for fundamental research critical to our nation’s future?”
In science, every experiment we run helps bring us closer to finding the answers we need to improve human health,” Wuorinen said. “With the continued support from federal funding, the time for discovery never has to stop.”
“Alissa does wonderful, important work in our lab – work that many undergraduates don’t get the opportunity to do,” Evans said. “I’m proud of her for sharing that and for answering the Science Coalition’s call for entries. This award is well-deserved.”