Greetings my name is Andrea Jenkins, I am a first-year Medicinal Chemistry graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Science PhD program at Florida A&M University. San Bernardino, California is the place I call home and the place where my passion for science was cultivated. Science and mathematics were my strong subjects growing up and in my secondary education chemistry intrigued me. At this moment, I knew that my future career would be in the medical field. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, May 2015. My undergraduate experience deepened my interest in research with exposure to tedious hours in the campus laboratory, biomedical science internships, seminars, workshops and leadership conferences. While at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine I performed hands-on research in the disciplines of pharmacology, microbiology and immunology that played a large role in comprehending cancer progression and may identify new therapeutic strategies. My experience in the INTREPID program, afforded me the opportunities to present my internship projects at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, (E.R.N.), Emerging National Researcher’s Conference, (A.B.R.C.M.S.) Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and to become an Alumni of the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute. These experiences allowed me to acquire life-long skills, and lab techniques which I can apply in my future research endeavors. After earning a PhD, I plan to work for the FDA or a world-renowned pharmaceutical company as a pharmaceutical research scientist. My family has a lot of ailments and diseases whose treatments can be improved or possibly cured and I know I will be a part of this solution. I believe that the CREATE program will play a vital role in adequately preparing me for this task.