Jessica Plaha received her BS in Public Health and a minor in Biological Sciences in May 2020. During her undergraduate career, she worked on several research projects on topics including breast cancer and physical disorders of neighborhoods in Essex County, smoking behaviors amongst the LGBT community in Newark, and colorectal cancer screening in the Greater Newark Area. Her research interests include health disparities among medically underserved populations, particularly within racial and ethnic minority groups and low-income urban communities. She is an aspiring physician, and her goal is to achieve a career that intersects medicine, public health, and social justice. Jessica is currently a graduate student in the Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies.