Kayla-Marie Denise Jones, MS, an animal scientist and an associate member of the AACR, died October 25, 2020, at the age of 28.
Jones was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on November 27, 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University in 2018 followed by a master’s degree in animal sciences in 2020. She conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Deloris Alexander, PhD.
Jones worked with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Tuskegee. She was a devoted community volunteer with organizations including Christian Veterinary Fellowship, the Tuskegee Bee Club, the National Recreational Conservation Club, Retool Your School, and Black Boys Rock Too. She was a member of several professional societies and presented work at conferences including the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Conference for Farmers, the Joint Annual Research Symposium, and the DECA Business Conference.
Among numerous academic honors, Jones was recognized with the George Washington Carver Scholarship, the United States Department of Agriculture Scholarship, the Bay Area Tuskegee Alumni Scholarship, the Chabot Community College Scholarship, the Dr. Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Family Scholarship, the Christ Baptist Church scholarship, and the AALGA Youth Partnership Scholarship.
Jones joined the AACR in 2016 as a student member. She was a member of Minorities in Cancer Research and Women in Cancer Research.
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