From a tender age, Stacy Stephenson-Clarke had a strong sense of curiosity and a desire to know how things work. That curiosity led her to the field of science.
She holds the Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Upper Second Class Honours in Microbiology and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Biology with High Commendation from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
In March 2017, Stephenson-Clarke was appointed as the American Society of Microbiologists’ (ASM) Young Ambassador to Jamaica. She joins a growing network of 62 Young Ambassadors of Science around the world, all dedicated to advancing science in their community and across the globe. This appointment was not a surprise as Stephenson-Clarke as she has always provided support to undergraduate students, her peers and the wider community.
She serves as a mentor to undergraduate students and was previously as the Faculty of Medical Sciences representative for the Mona Association of Postgraduate Students (M.A.P.S.).
In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Stephenson-Clarke noted that her favourite quote is by Aristotle that says:
‘Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny’.
She then went on to say that her message to young people is to have a goal and plan, stick to it, persevere and bring it to reality through humility with God.
We look forward to the day when Dr. Stacy Stephenson-Clarke get nominated for the Nobel Prize, that day may be sooner than we think.
Well done Dr. Stacy Stephenson-Clarke !