Lexi-Amber Hassell of Warwick, RI is a Neuroscience major minoring in Chemistry. Her dedication to her studies has resulted in a 3.9 GPA, inclusion on the President’s List in every semester, and membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is currently working on her senior research thesis on adult neurogenesis of the olfactory system. This project, which she has been working on for two-and-a-half years, encouraged her decision to apply to graduate school and pursue professional research.
As a way to develop her teaching skills and encourage the success of other students, Lexi has held supplemental instructor positions for both Neurology and Scientific Communication courses. She is also a supplemental instructor for Organic Chemistry.
Her involvement in campus activities is extensive. She has been a Resident Advisor for three years—an experience that she credits with helping her communication skills. As an RA, she has worked closely with Public Safety, as well as with the Career Development Center, the Learning Beyond the Classroom Office, and the Office of Residential Life to help keep her students safe and on track with their academics.
Lexi is President of the community service group C.A.R.E. Through C.A.R.E. her goal is to inspire in others the same passion for helping the community that she has. Even before coming to college she had a passion for community service. At home, she and her boyfriend have participated in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb for the past six years to help raise funds to fight COPD, air pollution, asthma, and other lung related disease.
Her other volunteer experience is substantial: she has participated in such initiatives as the Shriner’s Hospital for Children’s Radiothon, fundraising for the American Lung Association, the annual CROP Hunger Walk, the Super Tutors after school program, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and craft night at the Keystone Woods assisted living facility.
However, the volunteer activity that has had the biggest impact on Lexi is her Alternative Spring Break trips to Washington, DC, Hatfield, MA, and Des Moines, IA to fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness. In particular, her trip to Washington, DC led to her desire to combat hunger and homelessness on a local and national scale. She and fellow students volunteered at a soup kitchen, at a local food bank sorting food bags for low-income families, and at local elementary schools through an organization called Martha’s Table, in which they educated children on healthy food options.
Lexi loves cooking and being outdoors, but most of all, she loves her family. “My family means the world to me, and so much has become possible because of them,” she says. “Their encouragement and pride has undoubtedly shaped who I am today.”