Jermaya R. Patterson
Jermaya R. Patterson is a second year Veterinary Student at Purdue University. She is the Immediate Past President for Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) Purdue Chapter and Exchange Officer for the International Veterinary Student Association. Maya is a member of Purdue’s Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, Exotics Club and Feline Club. Previously, she served on the 2019 Open House Committee as the Demonstrations Co-Chair and Ambassador for the 2019 Interview Day.
Jermaya has approximately 11 years of Veterinary/Animal care experience to include her recent travel to Cape Town, South Africa working with animals in the Big 5 Safari. She is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. While at Hampton, Jermaya served as the Secretary of the Golden Key International Honour Society and held memberships in Sister to Sister, Student Government Women’s Caucus and the Biology Club. In addition, she was a Hampton University National Science Foundation LSAMP Summer Scholar and Inductee for the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute. She also served as a National Science Foundation LSAMP Research Fellow, conducted animal research and presented the findings at the School of Science 22nd Annual Research Symposium at Hampton University. Her academic achievements earned her induction into Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society. Aside from studying animals, Jermaya finds extraordinary joy in caring for her four year old Yorkie, Belle.
Jermaya’s desire at 19 years old to do more in the community led her to launch an organization called Black Girls Do STEM (BGDS). Black Girls Do STEM (BGDS) is an organization that promotes interest among young girls in STEM subjects and careers by providing participants with opportunities for developing a connection in STEM through STEM based activities and discussions to solve real life problems. The STEM activities are based on a national curriculum for youth and has occurred at the West Broad Street YMCA for the past three years. In addition, Jermaya has established a collegiate chapter of BGDS at Hampton University and two start up chapters. Maya’s passion for animals began in the 4th grade during her Science class at Savannah Country Day School where they had to care for the animals in the classroom. That year changed her life and she brings that passion along with activities from other STEM fields to BGDS by way of speakers and activities. Black Girls Do STEM is open to girls of all races, religions and nationalities. Jermaya has been honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Savannah, One STEM at A Time, and VOICE National. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Connexion Church and the daughter of Mr. Paul & Dr. Keenya G. Mosley.
Jermaya’s motto: "Stay true to your dreams and love yourself throughout your journey".