Seraya Jones, GS, MOL

Professional Development Associate 2022-23

Seraya Jones is a PhD Student in Dr. John Jimah’s laboratory in the department of Molecular Biology.  She uses structural and biophysical techniques, including cryo-electron microscopy and tomography, to study protein dynamics. Seraya is passionate about demystifying the graduate school application process, by providing individuals from underrepresented groups with key information needed to successfully apply to graduate schools.  She is also involved in numerous student-lead organizations and is actively involved in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives on campus. Through the professional development initiatives, she combines her leadership, scientific skills, and entrepreneurial abilities to help foster collaborations within the university. 

Through GradFUTURES forum, I was exposed to a wealth a resources and professional development opportunities that aid in my development and creativity during my graduate school journey.

"GradFUTURES has exposed me to so many resources that I would not have known existed in the university. They also challenge me to think critically about my career path and to embrace my entrepreneurial pursuits. 

During my first year, I participated in the GradFUTURES Learning Cohort, which focused on navigating the first year of graduate school. Through this immersive experience, I obtained resources and learned from the experience of other graduate students, about thriving in the first year of graduate school. It also allowed me to network and build professional and personal relationships with other first-year graduate students. I joined Professional Development Associate team with GradFUTURES, where I help develop and implement initiatives and activities which cater to professional and academic development for graduate students in the Natural Sciences."