Student Scholar: Jerri-Lynn Kincade

Jaynelle Ramon, Jacob Chinn photo

When it was time for Jerri-Lynn Kincade ’15, a biomedical engineering graduate, to choose where she wanted to attend college, there was only one choice.

“I’m native to Tucson and I didn’t want to go somewhere else like ASU,” she says. “I wanted to stay here in Tucson so the UA was definitely my pick.”

She received a scholarship from the UA Black Alumni Club which supported Kincade throughout her UA career. “It’s really a family community. They helped and supported me a lot over the years and reminded me to invest in and support other youth just like they invested in me.” 

Women and African-Americans as well as other minority groups are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, a concern for educators around the country. For Kincade, she says her experience as a STEM student at the UA was empowering. “Now I want to help other African-American women or women of color pursue a major in a STEM field.”

In terms of her career pursuits, Kincade says, “I really enjoy math and sciences and I would like to help teams of engineers design, build, and implement artificial organs to lengthen the lives of individuals who suffer from any deficiencies in their organs.”