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Emma Woolsey


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Fernley High School

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Majors of interest:

    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:


    • Dream career goals:

      Diana Wagner Memorial Scholarship
      I have given back to my community through lengthy dedication to my local 4-H and community service. I have spent 11 years of my life in Fernley 4-H and through that have had many opportunities to help my community. I volunteer annually to help set up for the Lyon County Jr. Livestock show as well as run the concession stand at the Lyon County Fair. I have spent the past year educating both youth and adults across Nevada about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitats through 4-H. As a Nevada State Pollinator Ambassador, I learned about project planning, event coordinating, public speaking and helped plant Pollinator gardens in my community. Participating in 4-H has also helped me join many local clubs and even start a local community garden. Apart from my 4-H involvement, I volunteer annually for Fernley's Mayor Clean Sweep to help clean up local parks and spaces. I am also a member of Fernley High School's National Honor Society and help plan awards ceremonies, coordinate a recycling initiative at my High School, and make tie blankets to donate to children in hospitals. I also like to volunteer at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada as well as a local church food pantry to help families in need. I participate in the youth group at my church and help plan positive activities for children in the community such as bowling. My future goals consist of going to the University of Nevada, Reno to get a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, then continuing on to get a PhD in Neuroscience. After my schooling I would like to pursue Neuroscience research either in an academic setting or a non-academic lab, and eventually run my own lab. My community has influenced my future career ambitions by inspiring me to pursue a career in neuroscience research despite coming from an underfunded location for scientific research. My community has also helped me find invaluable role models to look up to and to help pursue my goals. My biggest role model however is my mom. My mom is a woman in Stem and has motivated me throughout my life to become the first person in my family to obtain a PhD. I live in a very tight knit community and I would not be able to pursue such an ambitious career without knowing they have my back. I aspire to show young women from rural areas that despite having less opportunities presented to them it is still possible to be a successful woman in STEM.