A first-generation college student, Taylor secured a National Science Foundation research opportunity with the help of her biology department mentors.
Taylor Hudson, who grew up in the Saratoga Springs area, graduated in the spring with a biology major and chemistry minor. “I always knew I wanted to do something in science,” she said. “I like clear-cut answers even though, admittedly, science isn’t usually that clear cut.”
When Taylor’s high-school environmental science teacher introduced her to GMC, Taylor had some reservations about going to a small school. “I originally thought I wanted to go to a bigger school. I applied to big schools and got waitlisted; at the last minute I toured GMC,” she said. “I wouldn’t have it any differently now.”
Taylor tutored science students and edited papers in the library’s learning center. She also aided professor Bill Landesman in his research on assessing the risk of Lyme disease in Rutland County. They used a newly purchased qPCR machine in the College’s lab to quantify the amount of bacteria in each tick to measure the risk of Lyme disease. Additionally, Taylor attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, in South Dakota through the National Science Foundation and researched the cellular impacts of neurodegenerative disorders.
Last year Taylor was accepted to SUNY Upstate Medical School’s neuroscience Ph.D. program to study the genetic pathways of schizophrenia. “Everyone on the biology faculty has been incredibly helpful. They all understand I work full-time and I’m a first-generation student,” she said. “I had no idea how to complete a Ph.D. application and if I didn’t have their help, it would have been difficult to apply.”