Laurielle Kelly Feuzeu Mekoue is a sophomore at Connecticut College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Psychology on the pre-medical track. She applied to SUMR to gain more experience in the medical atmosphere, gain research knowledge, and discover ways to be an advocate for those who are vulnerable, specifically children and minorities. Laurielle plans to attend medical school, and hopes to utilize her SUMR experience working with Dr. Wood by becoming a doctor working in pediatrics, specifically in cardiology.
As a SUMR scholar, Laurielle worked under the mentorship of Dr. Joanne Wood on a research project focusing on parent-child intervention. This research aimed to improve the relationship between parent and child, enhance the behavior of children, and for parents to develop authoritative and more effective strategies that will contribute to the positive development of their child. Essentially, this project focused on preventing child maltreatment and behavioral issues.
At Connecticut College, Laurielle is Secretary of the African Student Association (ASA), a group recognizing the African community at the college. She is also the SAC Representative for Class Council where she ensures that co-council members are kept up to speed about upcoming events and meetings. She is a GMP Mentor for high school students at the New London High School where her mentorship aims to help students build their resumé, apply for colleges, create better study habits, etc. Furthermore, Laurielle is a Holleran Driver for students to community centers, a member of the selective Science Leaders Program, and a First-year Representative for the People of Color Alliance (POCA).
During Laurielle’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swim coaching, working out, participating in student clubs, and loves watching medical/crime shows.