Anita Ilonze recently traveled to Jamaica for a 6-week internship as part of a prostate cancer research team. The Biology and Research staff at Anita’s alma mater, Shaw University, collaborated with the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica to conduct this study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. After her participation in the project, Anita was required to attend research conferences both locally and nationally. She reports that attending these conferences helped her overcome her fear of public speaking, and she won second place in a poster presentation competition at the National Symposium on Prostate Cancer. Through this experience, Anita discovered her passion to serve to people and a desire to alleviate community problems.
While serving with Volunteer Maryland, Anita hopes to gain leadership experience, continue to improve her public speaking skills and develop new professional connections. Anita is eager to serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) so she can support their Green Leaders program and learn more about environmental issues and how they relate to improving the health of the community at large.
Anita’s long-term goal is to obtain a master in public health with a concentration in global epidemiology and to also obtain a masters degree in nutrition.