Kamilah Grant

Kamilah E. Grant

Kamilah Grant
Peer Mentor since 2009


Kamilah Grant is a second year Ph.D. student at Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville pursuing a doctoral degree in Agricultural Life Sciences: Genetics.  Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at MSU, Ms. Grant attended Tuskegee University where she earned a B.S. (2004) and M.S. (2009) in Animal and Poultry Sciences (2004).  Since that time, Kamilah has exhibited the enthusiasm that one hopes to see in young scientists ready to make their mark in their chosen field of study.  In addition to her coursework and lab activities, she has presented her findings at numerous scientific conferences, culminating in her receiving several research presentation awards.  While working in the lab of Dr. Olga Bolden-Tilleer at Tuskegee University, Ms. Grant had the opportunity to mentor high school, undergraduate and graduate students.  Because of her many accomplishments coupled with her positive attitude and the leadership that she demonstrated when working with others, Kamilah was recruited to serve as a FASEB MARC Peer Mentor for the ABRCMS in 2009.

Mentor's Motivational Message

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more,
you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams




 Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student
Institution/Address:  Animal and Dairy Sciences/Genetics
 Mississippi State University
 Box 9815
 Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone:  662.325.3713
Fax:  662.325.8873
Email:  keg181@msstate.edu
FASEB Society Member:  SSR
Scientific Discipline:  Cell and Developmental
 Biological Sciences/
 Molecular Biological Sciences













Breaking the Ice - Kamilah's "Q&A"

 If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you?

 If a movie were made about my life it would be a docudrama and comedy.  You can't make this stuff up.  I would best be portrayed by the actor, Rosie Perez.

 Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

 I am obsessed with cleaning my counter tops and vacuuming.  I think it stems from being in the lab and the fear of literally bringing my work home with me.  That plus I hate bugs.

 If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?

 Chocolate chip mint. It's smooth, and there is just a little bit of chocolate to add fund and surprise to the mix.

 If you could play any instrument, what would it be and why? 

 I played the trumpet and French horn from elementary school and half of my undergraduate years.  My father wanted me to play the flute because I was petite.  I refused.  The trumpet was MUCH cooler.

 When trick-or-treating as a kid, was there any kind of candy that you didn't like to get?

 Yes. Mounds.  I hate candy with coconut.

 When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up?  And why?

 I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals.  I had just gotten a puppy and when I went to her first veterinary visit I was fascinated and fell in love with the profession that day.

 What article of clothing/attire most closely describes your personality.

 Stilettos, of course.

 If you had a "theme song" that played whenever you walk into a a room full of people, what would it be?

 Shining Star by Earth, Wind and Fire.

 What is the first thing you think of when you wake in the morning?

 Today will be more productive and positive than yesterday.

 If you had a band what would you name it?

  Smooth Science and Stilettos.



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