Janay Draughn

Janay Draughn

While I was applying to Penn, I was attracted to the idea of being able to participate in research as an undergraduate student. But, I knew very little about research, as I had very little exposure to research and research opportunities in high school. My summer-long experience as a PURM student researcher changed that and revealed to me what the process of research is like, how multifaceted it is, and how enjoyable it is. Working under the mentorship of Dr. Nkemka Anyiwo and Dr. Howard Stevenson also introduced me to new topics and disciplines that I, as someone who had more experience in the humanities than in the social sciences, didn't know I could love so much. I was fortunate enough to enjoy this amazing opportunity early on, as I was a rising second-year student during my PURM experience in the summer of 2021. I am now able and interested in pursuing different areas that require research skills, like journalistic writing and whatever I may stick with in the next three years. I have gone from being ambivalent about non-wet lab research to seeing how it provides fulfillment and readily transferable skills. 

Research experience:

- PURM student research in the summer of 2021

- Presented PURM research alongside two others at the CURF Fall Research Expo 2021

Affinity Groups: Penn Community for Justice, SisterSister, QuestBridge, The Shea Collective